In todays installment of Meet the Players we have Barry Rudlin
What is your nickname and why?
Dobbin - Courtesy of Doug Patmore - it was a complement to my fielding as a village cricketers version to international player Derek Randall who was nicknamed Arkle!
How/why did you join Abberton Cricket club?
I moved from Grasshoppers to a better club and home ground in 1984
When was your League debut, who was it against and how did you get on?
I can't remember what happened yesterday let alone 36 years ago ha ha !
What are your career best figures?
Bowling (see Simon)
What is your most memorable moment in an Abberton shirt?
National Village batting with Browny with our backs to the wall (simon again can confirm in his book) also promotion winning game at Kelvedon taking catches on the boundary in the dark
What is your all time Abberton Xl?
Favourite all time team without overseas players
- Simon Swinn - 'Swinny/Jack' is rightly so know as Mr Abberton. He was a prolific runscorer with a good pair of hands and maybe underestimated as a leader and an astute tactician who has been a great friend.
- Alec Chamberlain - 'Number One' was only at the club for one season but was pure class who could have been a county cricketer if it wasn't for his soccer career !
- Jonathan Ward - 'Eagle' was such an elegant classy player who had so much time that he reminded me so much of David Gower at his best.
- Alan Sherwood - 'Benny' was the kind of player you would want with you when the going got tough. Made lots of important runs when needed.
- Richard Moxon - 'Moxy' is another elegant batsmen who could effortlessly accumulate runs and again had a great tactical brain.
- Peter Brown - 'Browny' a great keeper who could win matches with both gloves and the bat. He was a pleasure to watch keep and was always a lively character who is sorely missed R.I.P
- Mike Booker - 'Books' - he was a late entry into my team but on reflection is the best genuine all rounder I have played with over the years could excel with good things on the pitch and bad off lol
- Chris Tracey - 'Loon' - another talented all round sportsman who would throw himself around the field and was the quickest cricketer I have seen.
- Neil Frost - 'Frosty' - was a mean bowler who would frustrate batsmen into taking risks against other bowlers. Neil was always like this even from our early days playing each other at school Morant v Gilbert !
- Bob Lille - 'Desperate Dan' - was a big stocky naval man who had a heart of gold.He wasnt afraid to have a few verbals with batsman and often as not come out on top. Sadly another good friend who passed away young.
- Steve Garner - 'The Magician/Artist' - I don't remember him having a nickname but what a great pleasure to watch him bowl leg spin. Owner of two types of googly who fooled many batsman to the unbridled joy of his team mates.
What is your favorite away ground and why?
Played at lots of good and bad grounds possibly Frinton when all the hoardings are up.
Who was the best player you’ve played cricket with?
Difficult to say who the best player I have played with over the years , I have had the pleasure of being on the pitch with many. By definition of having won the most games with it would have to be Swinny.
While on a cricket tour of Barbados our swimming pool attendant in 1989 was a young budding cricketer called Ottis Gibson !