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For those of you that have had the sorry misfortune of missing the fabulous Grafton interviews here is the full collection in an easy read format that has taken me bloomin ages so you'd better appreciate it!! I apologise for the increasing crapness of the page but thats due to intheteam.com changing the HTML editing thing around which means i am no longer able to put in the little leinks to each interview. Sorry!

ASHFIELD, Martin 

ASHFIELD, Ruth

BENJAMIN, Tom 

HOLT, Anthony 

JOYCE, Ben 

KIRK, Simon 

MORGAN, Nick

MORGAN, Oliver

MORRIS, Rob 

STANLEY, Phil

MARTIN ASHFIELD Interview
 

The Basics

Full Name: Martin John Ashfield

DOB: 11/03/72

POB: Leamington Spa

Nicknames: Puke, Ash. Ars##le

Living arrangement: With Ruth, Ickle Alice and Mad Welly

This season stats

Runs: Not enough

H/S: Not enough

Wickets: Not as many as Holty

B/B: Not as good as Holty (Not that we re in competition or anything& .!!!)

Catches: A few

2001 season opinion

How did you think your season went (personally and the team)?

Did alright with the bat occasionally, bowled the usual boring shi*e, and dropped a load of catches. Thought the team did well,and its good to see a few new faces.

What do you think about Grafton being in a league?

Brilliant, if only to be able to go to the pub after a match and not have to worry about work the next day.

How do you think we ll fair in the league?

We ll do ok, as long as we put out a fairly consistent side each week, and more importantly, don t take ourselves too seriously.

Whats was your favourite game of the season?

Shenstone College Old Boys, only because I managed to bludgeon their bowling& otherwise Long Compton away when Kirky might as well have played on his own.

Your choice for player of the season?

Tom first 50 of many, and future captain.(2003?????)

Young Player of the season?

Darren for his bowling and OJ for his batting, can t really decide.

Comedy moment of the season?

Every time Holty appealed.

General Grafton Favourites

What is your favourite away game?

Stanway

Favourite away pub?

The one at Temple Guiting (Sorry Tom& .) (Webmaster - for those of you not in the know after Temple Guiting 2001 season i kinda totalled my car a little bit)

Who would you most likely play for if Grafton weren t around?

The Hollybush Dominoes team.

What are your targets for next season?

For everyone to enjoy it, and to appeal more than Holty. 

General Favourites

Favourite pass time (excl playing cricket)?

Changing Nappies

Dream bird and why?

Carol Vorderman, cos she s good at maths, and looks splendid in leather trousers.

Dead or alive who would your most like to meet/have met?

Winston Churchill

Whats your favourite type food?

Pizza, Curry, anything that s bad for you.

Favourite takeaway food? CurryFavourite restaurant/takeaway?

Romna, or Pizza Express in Headless Cross (looks a bit dodgy but does the best pizza around)

Who prepares your favourite cricket tea?

The missus cos of her ma s scotch eggs (excellent excuse for a day off work with terminal flatulence)

What s your all time favourite TV show?

The Professionals

What CD is in your CD player at the moment?

Travis The Man Who, Dodgy Homegrown, and some dodgy freebie from the Sunday Mail

What s your favourite film of all time?

Spartacus

Favourite quote from a film?

You may strike me down, but I ll become more powerful than you can possibly imagine OB1 to Darth Vader(for you young wippersnappers!)

Favourite holiday destination?

Bali

Favourite sport to play (excl cricket)?

Rugby

Football team?

Puffs, the lot of em!

Cricket Team?

Warwickshire

Rugby team?

Leicester Tigers

Alcoholic Drink?

Draft Budweiser (from that pub at the end of Windermere, some may remember!)

Soft drink?

Dandelion and burdoch????

Hot drink?

Ultra strong coffee.

Favourite Pub?

BB I suppose

Favourite Club?

The Pink Toothbrush, Rayleigh, Essex (from what I can remember about those wild and wacky days in Landan)

Proudest moment in your life?

Alice being born (bit gory though!)

Worst moment of your life?

Dropping that fat get from Entaco and smashing my finger up for my troubles.

And finally, where do you think you ll be in 10 years?

Still digging holes in the wicket, and bowling the same old boring shi*e, in tandem with Holty (3rd or 4th change after Darren and OJ have skittled the top order& ..I hope)

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Ruth Ashfield Interview






The Basics

Full Name: Alexandra Ruth Ashfield

DOB: 19.05.72 (Webmaster - 30 this year, yup 30 this year the big 3 0 thats 30)

POB: Leeds

Nicknames: ZaZa by my deranged father and Ruthie babe by a few

Living arrangement: Share my home with Wellington the dog, Martin the husband and Alice the daughter.

This season stats

Babies: One beautiful one! (as pictured below)



Teas provided: One as the bump got in the way

Amounts of times shouted at dog: Bloody hundreds as he s a bit barmy

Amounts of times chucked soggy ball for dog: None! I m wise to that and always get someone else to take over when it becomes a bit moist.

Pub visits: Not as many as I would have normally. Pregnancy curbed the alcohol intake.

This season opinion

How did you think your season wen (personally and the team)? I thought that sometimes the team seemed a little segmented. TGCC s players seem to be getting stronger and need to drop some of the weaker sides to keep up competitiveness and interest.

What do you think about Grafton being in a league? I think that it needs to be approached with an open mind. I hope that it doesn t split the club into a Saturday team and a Sunday team but that it attracts more players, funding and exciting new sides to play against.

How do you think we ll fair in the league? Well you can t be relegated!!!!!

Whats was your favourite game of the season? FAS Ramblers because they have a big black man!

Your choice for player of the season? Well not to be a brown nose but I think you Tom! Wicket keeping improved and finally achieved your well deserved 50.

Young Player of the season? All three great but if I have to choose one then it would have to be Ben Stanley for his all round effort.

Comedy moment of the season? Nick Morgan using a Hoover at the preseason clear up.

General Grafton Favourites

What is your favourite away game? Stanway

Favourite away pub? The Mount at Stanton& would be even better if I didn t have to drive all the time.

What would you most likely do if Grafton weren t around? Admire all of the DIY that Martin would get done around the house!

What are your targets for next season? For Martin to build a Pagoda, Barbecue and a water feature!! Also to watch more TG games now that I m not preggers.

General Favourites

Favourite pass time (excl playing cricket)? Shopping and making babies

Dream bird and why? Not that way inclined however Martin tells me that Kylie is looking particularly hot at the moment.

Dead or alive who would your most like to meet/have met? Martin Says Kylie, but personally it would have to be that Jedi master himself Yoda& . Knowledgeable the little fella is!!

Whats your favourite type food? Italian

Favourite takeaway food? Curry

Favourite restaurant/takeaway? Romna

Who prepares your favourite cricket tea? Julia& . Cos of that pate she makes

What s your all time favourite TV show? Starsky and Hutch

What CD is in your CD player at the moment? Stereophonics Just enough education to perform

What s your favourite film of all time? Little Shop of Horrors

Favourite quote from a film? I m Spartacus

Favourite holiday destination? Bali

Favourite sport to play (excl cricket)? Badminton

Football team? Juventus

Cricket Team? Yorkshire

Rugby team? Bath

Alcoholic Drink? What s one of those, from what I can recall, Wine, G+T, Brandy, Baileys, Cider, Lager and Babycham are quite pleasant on the palate.

Soft drink? OJ and lemonade (thats Orange Juice and not the speedy little crickeing youngster from Ardens Grafton)

Hot drink? Tea

Favourite Pub? The George, Sanur, Bali. Possibly the worst impression of an English pub I ve ever seen, but the Indonesian pub singers taking off the Rolling Stones had to be seen to be believed.

Favourite Club? Orange..the minty ones are a bit too minty!! (webmaster - hardy ha ha he he clever clogs)

Proudest moment in your life? Giving birth to Alice, and marrying Martin.

Worst moment of your life? The funeral the week before we got married.

And finally, where do you think you ll be in 10 years? Sitting at home with nine kids and another on the way according to Martin.


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Tom Benjamin Interview




The Basics

Full Name: Tom Benjamin

DOB: 14/5/81

POB: Leamington Spa

Nicknames: Benji/Tommyboy

Living arrangement: Student flat term time (70a Greyhound Hill, Hendon) or back at home with mom and dad in the holidays

This season stats

Runs: 300

H/S: 70 n/o

Wickets: -

B/B: -

Catches: 14

This season opinion

How did you think your season went?

I was pretty pleased with my personal performance this season however I think the real challenge will come when we are playing in a league week in week out. For the team, his season there was to many games that weren t a real challenge for us.

What do you think about Grafton being in a league?

I am absolutely delighted I really think that it is a forward step for the club as it will attract new players and give a greater competitive edge to the games

How do you think we ll fair in the league?

To be honest and being optomistic from the outset we ve got to be looking to win it and get into a proper league like Divison 2 or 3 where we probably belong.

Whats was your favourite game of the season?

Gonna have to say Stanway at home due to the simple fact that I got my first 50. Was so chuffed about getting it, as it was my goal for the season.

Your choice for player of the season?

Kirky s always the obvious choice but I ll go for Holty, top all round batting bowling and captaining.

Young Player of the season?

OJ has been outstanding this season, great prospect.

Comedy moment of the season?

Thought the appearance of the crow was highly yocal and entertaining!

General Grafton Favourites

What is your favourite away game?

Love playing at Ebrington and I think there new ground will be just as special

Favourite away pub?

The Mount at Stanton

Who would you most likely play for if Grafton weren t around?

Exhall and Wixford probably, still got contacts down there when I was a colt

What are your targets for next season?

Average +30 and I reckon 2 50 s would be an achievement.

General Favourites

Favourite pass time (excl playing cricket)?

Watching Coventry City

Dream bird and why?

Angelina Jolie, cos she s well fit

Dead or alive who would your most like to meet/have met?

Steve Coogan because I d love to meet someone who s more sarcastic than me!

Whats your favourite type food?

Curry

Favourite takeaway food?

Large Chicken/Doner mix with all the trimmings lashing of chilli and garlic sauce (had one last night proper nice)

Favourite restaurant/takeaway?

Romna it s the stuff dreams are made of

Who prepares your favourite cricket tea?

Julia Holt is in a different league

What s your all time favourite TV show?

I m Alan Partridge is ridiculously funny

What CD is in your CD player at the moment?

David Gray White Ladder

What s your favourite film of all time?

Shawshank Redemption

Favourite quote from a film?

(Two old blokes sat at the bar perving over this real fit bar maid in the Match and one turns to the other and says)

Bloke A: I d shag you shagging her.

Bloke B: Do you no what, I d let ya.

Favourite holiday destination?

Barcleona

Favourite sport to play (excl cricket)?

Going through a Golf faze at the moment

Football team?

Coventry City

Cricket Team?

Worcestershire

Rugby team?

Saracens

Alcoholic Drink?

Hobsons in the 3 Tuns is pretty special

Soft drink?

Alive tropical fruits beaut especially for a hangover

Hot drink?

Gotta be a nice brew

Favourite Pub?

Backpackers in Kings Cross

Favourite Club?

Hate clubbing full stop

Proudest moment in your life?

Erm there pretty much few and far between. Can t think, so I ll say getting my first 50 because that was one hell of a buzz.

Worst moment of your life?

Toss up between my first day at uni (never felt so lost in all my life) or crashing the Astra in the summer.

And finally, where do you think you ll be in 10 years?

Absolutely no idea. I will most likely be in a job in that there London doing some kind of Marketing.


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Anthony Holt Interview




The Basics

Full Name: Anthony James Holt
DOB: 17.11.70
POB: Hospital (Market Harborough)
Nicknames: Holty, Ant white lightning 2
Living arrangement: 2 Bed cottage with Mrs H

This season stats

Runs: 236
H/S: 47?
Wickets: 33
B/B: 6 for?
Catches: 1

This season opinion

How did you think your season wen (personally and the team)?

Good I would liked to have finished a couple of games off differently- got out on 47 above when webmaster got his 70, out on about 22 at Hockley when wanted to finish game off & thought Ben and I could have got the winning runs at Ebrington until he was unfortunately bowled of his pad. Team effort good we lost a few games two above which we should have won. We need to approach limited overs differently, we lost most of them. On the whole great and we turned round a lot of 50 for 5 to win and bowled sides out who had good starts

What do you think about Grafton being in a league?

Good/Bad. Time games usually have better finishes/closer. You can get up the opposition noses by holding out for a draw etc. Personally I like playing my cricket on Sundays I do things Saturday. I think the captain will have big pressure as I captain to kill the opposition it will be hard for everyone to get the game they want where the aim is to win in the best fashion you can. A league game could be all over at 10 for 4 after 10 overs a time game not so I hope it does not ruin Sundays (and split the side) as the team put out is poorer & the opp does not want to play us.

How do you think we ll fair in the league?

O.k. but I think the quality of the opposition will be better than expected especially from the new team lists I have seen. We will have a steep learning curve with the limited overs game

Whats was your favourite game of the season?

Bards they had the game and then the close draw came when we pulled it round in the field. We have learnt to turn things round from poor positions.

Your choice for player of the season?

Ben J closely followed by S.Kirk (run machine fast bowling) Martin Ash (Curtley just outside off stump) Phil S (voluble left handed knocks) Me?

Young Player of the season?

Darren M (first full season) & O.J quality batsman ship Ben Stanley saved many runs in the field

Comedy moment of the season?

Robin M Matrix moment Ebrington was static in the air for 5 mins then caught ball 1 handed above his head

General Grafton Favourites

What is your favourite away game?

Bards

Favourite away pub?

Mount Stanton

Who would you most likely play for if Grafton weren t around?

Exhall

What are your targets for next season?

250 runs 40 wickets


General Favourites

Favourite pass time (excl playing cricket)?

Squash, walking, golf

Dream bird and why?

Julia Roberts that smile & big mouth say no more

Dead or alive who would your most like to meet/have met?

Malcolm Marshall the best bowler ever?

Whats your favourite type food?

Tomato & Mozzarella

Favourite takeaway food?

Chicken Curry Fried Rice

Favourite restaurant/takeaway?

Mr Chan s Tiddington

Who prepares your favourite cricket tea?

Ma and Rach obviously

What s your all time favourite TV show?

Morse

What CD is in your CD player at the moment?

Dido

What s your favourite film of all time?

Star Wars

Favourite quote from a film?

Never over extend your thrust you are vulnerable and off balance (Highlander) Your powers are weak old man, You cannot win Darth Strike me down and I shall become even more powerful

Favourite holiday destination?

Paris

Favourite sport to play (excl cricket)?

Squash

Football team?

None have not a clue about the game

Cricket Team?

Bears

Rugby team?

Leicester

Alcoholic Drink?

Becks

Soft drink?

Ginger Beer

Hot drink?

Hot chocolate

Favourite Pub?

Churchill Paxford

Favourite Club?

T.G.C.C

Proudest moment in your life?

Getting married reach for the buckets

Worst moment of your life?

Getting out on 47?

And finally, where do you think you ll be in 10 years?

Hopefully playing cricket on some delightful pitch

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Ben Joyce Interview




The Basics

Full Name: Benjamin Joyce

DOB: 18th March 1980

POB: High Wycombe

Nicknames: Dover, Biggie (at uni only!)

Living arrangement: Dodgy student dwelling in the Headingley area of Leeds.

This season stats

Runs: 235

H/S: 69

Wickets: 25

B/B: 5 - 29

Catches: 7

This season opinion

How did you think your season went (personally and the team)?

Personally batting went well (3 50s), my best ever season average. Bowling went very well and very bad. A touch eratic. Team wise I can t really remember but I think we had a fair few good results.

What do you think about Grafton being in a league?

Good; Better competitive environment, gives a definite target to the season rather than just win as many as possible.

Bad; Losing a few good Sunday fixtures, and I can t see where we are going to fit in the Lakes Tour!

How do you think we'll fair in the league?

I don't know the quality of the opposition, so hard to judge.

What was your favourite game of the season?

FAS ramblers, when I hit a four off Morris in the last over to win. Luckily he bowled a slow ball, I hadn't seen any of the others up until then!

Your choice for player of the season?

Tough one. Either Puke or Kirky.

Young Player of the season?

I'm still young aren't I? So me! (Ed. -egotistical prick)

Comedy moment of the season?

Rob's catch off my bowling at Ebrington

General Grafton Favourites

What is your favourite away game?

Stanway

Favourite away pub?

The Mount at Stanton

Who would you most likely play for if Grafton weren t around?

Exhall and Wixford

What are your targets for next season?

I don t even know if I will be in the country next season, so my target is to try to play at least one game somewhere in the world.

General Favourites

Favourite pass time (excl playing cricket)?

Playing Rugby.

Dream bird and why?

Victoria Silvstedt. Because she is fit and Swedish and has big babylons!

Dead or alive who would your most like to meet/have met?

Ditto.

Whats your favourite type food?

Pasta

Favourite takeaway food?

Curry

Favourite restaurant/takeaway?

Caminetto, Chipping Campden / Chutney s on Bordon Hill

Who prepares your favourite cricket tea?

Julia Holt.

What s your all time favourite TV show?

The Royle Family

What CD is in your CD player at the moment?

Ben Fold s Five The Unauthorised Biography of Reinhold Messner. Nice!

What s your favourite film of all time?

Lock Stock

Favourite quote from a film?

Either;

American Pie, Oz talking to the college chick , "Suck me beautiful".

Or,

Lock Stock, Tom and Soap discussing making money,

Soap, "I'd take a pain in the ar#e for a million quid".

Tom, " You'd take a pain in the ar#e for air miles mate."

Favourite holiday destination?

France (Riviera or Alps).

Favourite sport to play (excl cricket)?

Rugby

Football team?

Manchester United.

Cricket Team?

Warwickshire

Rugby team?

Leeds Tykes

Alcoholic Drink?

Hobsons, pint.

Soft drink?

Tea

Hot drink?

Tea

Favourite Pub?

The Skyrack, Headingley.

Favourite Club?

Bourbon, Leeds. £1.50 pint of Stella on Saturday night!!!

Proudest moment in your life?

Having the balls to go to France for a year. I was sh*tting myself before I went!

Worst moment of your life?

None that stand out I m glad to say.

And finally, where do you think you ll be in 10 years?

Working in a civil engineering design office somewhere in the world, hopefully somewhere hot with loads of beautiful ladies who love Englishmen!

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Simon Kirk Interview




The Basics

Full Name: Simon Dean Kirk
DOB: 15/05/76
POB: Stratford-on-Avon
Nicknames: Kirky, Cu*t-Cu*t, Shag ,CockBoy.
Living arrangement: With Kim,Adam & Murphy,currently Middle Littleton,soon
to be Cleeve Prior

This season stats

Runs:599
H/S: 100+ ??
Wickets: 22
B/B: 4for??
Catches: 4

2001 season opinion

How did you think your season went (personally and the team)?

Personally playingwise was OK,averaged over 40 and bowled OK although constantly unlucky!! Teamwise we performed well at times and shi*e at others.Atmosphere was lacking a bit this year with a lot of back biting,hopefully be better this season.

What do you think about Grafton being in a league?

Fantastic. Could make or break us depending on our attitude....currently in a positive frame of mind
so everything will be cool.

How do you think we'll fair in the league?

On paper we should do OK,depends if we put the performances in when we need to.

Whats was your favourite game of the season?

Tommos first 50.

Your choice for player of the season?

Tommo.

Young Player of the season?

OJ ,although we didn't see enough of him last season.Plays straight with the bat and doesn't try too hard with the ball.

Comedy moment of the season?

Too many to choose from.....most involving Tom's ar*e!!

General Grafton Favourites

What is your favourite away game?

Gotta be Stanway on a blistering hot day

Favourite away pub?

Mount,Stanton

Who would you most likely play for if Grafton weren't around?

Don't know if I would bother now.....too many other things to do.

What are your targets for next season?

To get through it in one piece with some good memories of an enjoyable season.

General Favourites

Favourite pass time (excl playing cricket)?

Shooting

Dream bird and why?

Cathy Rogers (Bird off scrapheap challenge) ...she's a
bird and likes blokes messing with motors,welders & grinders.

Dead or alive who would your most like to meet/have met?

The little ba##ard that broke into my car and nicked the stereo about 4 years ago........not that I hold a grudge.

Whats your favourite type food?

Anything spicey.Current fave is Thai.

Favourite takeaway food?

....gotta be Indian

Favourite restaurant/takeaway?

Thai Emerald - if you like Thai food this place is the mutts nuts.

Who prepares your favourite cricket tea?

Gotta be Julia Holt,she'd win with the pate alone!!

What's your all time favourite TV show?

Rhubarb & Custard

What CD is in your CD player at the moment?

Kenny Wayne Sheppard - Ledbetter Heights

What's your favourite film of all time?

This would probably vary from week to week...this week it's Happy Gilmore

Favourite quote from a film?

"I eat pieces of sh*t like you for breakfast",
"What,you eat pieces of sh*t for breakfast?"

Favourite holiday destination?

Anywhere with good company,drink and a golf
course.

Favourite sport to play (excl cricket)?

Shooting or Golf

Football team?

Villa (Webmaster - scum)

Cricket Team?

The Bears

Rugby team?

...don't really follow club rugby.Always support England and
have been known to go and watch Worcester RFC

Alcoholic Drink?

Any good Beer,Tequila & Red wine

Soft drink?

Bad for you

Hot drink?

Bad for you...but I'm not allowed to drink alcohol at work..so it
has to be a good strong cup of tea from a big pot.

Favourite Pub?

Broom Tavern (Webmaster - you lie its the Blue Boar really...!)

Favourite Club?

Can't remember the last club I went into,best avoided.

Proudest moment in your life?

Seeing Adam for the first time.

Worst moment of your life?

Shi-teing and puking at the same time

And finally, where do you think you'll be in 10 years?

Not too far away.......


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The NICK MORGAN Interview

Nick Morgan pictured right

The Basics

Full Name: Nicholas Henry Morgan

DOB: 24/3/52

POB: Solihull

Nicknames None owned up to

Living arrangement: Yes - just about managing doing so with Ann, Oliver and three gerbils

This season stats

Runs: 192

H/S: 33/37 I think

Wickets: 15

B/B: donít know but do know that its wasnít that special

Catches: 4

2001 season opinion

How did you think your season went (personally and the team)? Personally not too brilliant. When bowling I seemed to have a " four ball" every over. As for batting the only decent knock I had was in Menoca when I was woken up and told to go in and bat Ė maybe thatís the secret. TEAM We seemed to have more disputes than we normally have - I hope that is not a sign of things to come when we are in the league.

What do you think about Grafton being in a league? Along with everyone else I have reservation about whether or not we will be able to be competitive whilst maintaining the " Grafton Spirit". Having said that we had to join Ė if we hadnít we would have gone backwards. We must all make it work for this season (giving our support to the various captains) and then take stock next winter.

How do you think weíll fair in the league? Havent got a clue Ė some tell me that we are up against it others say that we will be promoted. As long as we compete, are not rolled over and enjoy it I guess we will be alright.

Whats was your favourite game of the season? Long Compton Ė first game.

Your choice for player of the season? Tommy boy for making great progress and becoming a reliable opening batsmen

Young Player of the season? Think I will play it safe here. Darren for his bowling and Oliver for his batting.

Comedy moment of the season? Not too sure whether it was comical or sad. But it was when, needing 80 off the last over to win against the Bards and with Holty and Grego our last pair Holty decides to reduce the deficit to 79 and leave Jase to face three balls for a draw. Whose he kidding?

General Grafton Favourites

What is your favourite away game? Bards

Favourite away pub? Its got to be the bar at Hockley Heath Ė no competition.

Who would you most likely play for if Grafton werenít around? ? If anyone it would be Exhall but donít think I would bother.

What are your targets for next season I would like to get my bowling back to where it was a few seasons ago.

General Favourites

Favourite pass time (excl playing cricket)? Using the old cars

Dream bird and why? Iím with Kirky on this one, Cathy Rogers from Scrap Heap Challenge because she is gorgeous.

Dead or alive who would your most like to meet/have met? Winston Churchill

Whats your favourite type food? Italian

Favourite takeaway food? Indian

Favourite restaurant/takeaway? Cafť Chutney

Who prepares your favourite cricket tea? Julia

Whatís your all time favourite TV show? Scrap heap challenge & salvage squad

What CD is in your CD player at the moment? Texas

Whatís your favourite film of all time? On Mr Finnigans advice its got to be Pulp Fiction

Favourite quote from a film? Apart from Pulp Fiction, I donít watch a lot of films so I havenít got a clue.

Favourite holiday destination? Studland near Poole

Favourite sport to play (excl cricket)? Table football (with Tat). We are the champions.

Football team? Not bothered.

Cricket Team? The Bears

Rugby team? Tigers

Alcoholic Drink? Bitter in winter Lager in summer

Soft drink? Coke

Hot drink? Tea

Favourite Pub? Blue Boar

Favourite Club? Never have been a king of the dance floor but if asked to choose it would have to be the caves in Callen Porter

Proudest moment in your life? It was either the 28 against Rowington ( I had to get it in) or being around when Oliver was born. Given that he will read this I will go for the latter.

Worst moment of your life? When I dropped OJ and broke his leg. Didnít feel too good about that one but, to those who have seen me field, it will not come as any great surprise.

And finally, where do you think youíll be in 10 years? That is a good question. With a bit of luck still around but where and doing what I havenít got a clue.

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Oliver Morgan Interview

OJ pictured above (sorry wrong OJ i know but deal with it)
 
The Basics
 
Full Name: Oliver James Henry Morgan
DOB: 4/11/1985
POB: Leamington Spa
Nicknames: OJ/ Olly
Living arrangement: Still at home
 
This season stats
 
Runs: 178
H/S: 65*
Wickets: 4
B/B:3 for 52
Catches: 6
 
2001 season opinion
 
How did you think your season went (personally and the team)? Personally I reckon it was my best season ever and a successful year for the club, especially drawing with the Bards
 
What do you think about Grafton being in a league? It will be brilliant to play in matches that are contests for points but the fixture list could be too crowed if people don't want to play twice in a weekend.
 
How do you think we'll fair in the league? We should do fine because we have enough good players who will be well suited to the league standard. At least starting in the bottom division we have something to aim for in progressing to the next level.
 
Whats was your favourite game of the season? Charlotte Mason because Darren and I batted through to the end and got our half centuries
 
Your choice for player of the season? Nick Morgan, that fighting fit fast bowler from Temple Grafton. His genuine pace clearly worried some batsman, as a surprised look came on their faces when he was asked to bowl. But really, the best player has to be Martin Ashfield for his accurate bowling and his explosive batting, being the rock of the team, playing regularly, despite the arrival of the baby.
 
Young Player of the season? Darren Morris because he played superbly throughout the season and managed to come second in the bowling averages and knock up a 50 on the way, whilst being the youngest regular player in the team. A fine talent for Grafton in the coming years.
 
Comedy moment of the season? Seeing Nick Morgan actually dive for a ball and end up being sprawled across the floor, unable to get up, and still miss the ball.
 
General Grafton Favourites
 
What is your favourite away game? Upton House
 
Favourite away pub? Castle Inn
 
Who would you most likely play for if Grafton weren't around? Exhall
 
What are your targets for next season? To keep better behind the stumps and to get 100.
 
General Favourites
 
Favourite pass time (excl playing cricket)? Playing rugby
Dream bird and why? Kelly Brooke for obvious reasons
Dead or alive who would your most like to meet/have met? Adam Gilchrist
Whats your favourite type food? Beef with chips
Favourite takeaway food? Indian
Favourite restaurant/takeaway? Snows Hill Arms
Who prepares your favourite cricket tea? Julia
What's your all time favourite TV show? Only Fools and Horses
What CD is in your CD player at the moment? Feeder- Polythene
What's your favourite film of all time? Gladiator
Favourite quote from a film? American Pie about the MILF
Favourite holiday destination? Studland on the south coast near Poole
Favourite sport to play (excl cricket)? Rugby
Football team? Aston Villa
Cricket Team? Warwickshire
Rugby team? Leicester
Alcoholic Drink? Fosters
Soft drink? Coke
Hot drink? Tea
Favourite Pub? Blue Boar
Favourite Club? Grafton obviously
 
Proudest moment in your life? Proudest moment of my cricketing life is when I got my 65* but overall is representing the county in the 60m and 200m at the NIA.
 
Worst moment of your life? Starting a new school on the first day and knowing no-one.
 
And finally, where do you think you'll be in 10 years? Hopefully earning shed loads of money whilst driving my Aston Martin Vanquish around town..(Webmaster-not askin for much then?!) However, as long as I have a job which I enjoy and can support any family, I will be happy. My ideal job would be as a pilot or engineer
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Robin Morris Interview




The Basics

Full Name: Robin Christopher Morris

DOB: September 1st 1955

POB: Stock Green (near Inkberrow )

Nicknames: Rob, Moz, Ratbag, Dad

Living arrangement: At home with Bev, Darren, Ricki, Duke the cat, Badger the dog, Fudge the hampster & 6 hens.

This season stats

Runs: 89

H/S: Don t know - you ve got the bl*ody book

Wickets: 3

B/B: See H/S

Catches: 3

This season opinion

How did you think your season went (personally and the team)?

Personally not well had hoped for 200 plus runs but got injured in the first game & never got 100% fit after that. Team very good we certainly won some games that in previous seasons would have been lost & we still maintain a good team spirit.

What do you think about Grafton being in a league?

Am very pleased about it but must admit to being a bit concerned about the effect on Sunday games.

How do you think we ll fare in the league?

Having seen the teams, top half of table should be possible. Above 4th would be an achievement.

What was your favourite game of the season?

Probably the Bards I would think. It s not often that 3 results are possible with only one over to go. It also proved that declaration games can be best. A close second would be the game at Long Compton where Kirky got a century and got the winning runs in the last over.

Your choice for player of the season?

Simon Kirk. He has acquired the knack of staying in where once he might have given his wicket away. Also bowled with good pace.

Young Player of the season?

Oh dear, Darren I suppose (!) I think he surprised himself with the number of wickets he took & his batting is improving. A very close second would be Oliver for his batting & the way he kept wicket to some wayward bowling.

Comedy moment of the season?

Can t really say my catch at Ebrington so it would have to be Jason getting out " hit wicket ". Off the field it would be Andrew Allen trying to read Viz while p*ssed in Menorca. Oh, and 7 really fat blokes from Phoenix CC all piling into a Renault Espace, nearly breaking the suspension.

General Grafton Favourites

What is your favourite away game?

Stanway.

Favourite away pub?

The Caves in Menorca.

Who would you most likely play for if Grafton weren t around?

Nobody.

What are your targets for next season?

200 runs, 7 catches & no runs given away in the field.

General Favourites

Favourite pastime (excl playing cricket)?

DIY type stuff.

Dream bird and why?

Kirsty Gallacher. Why? Just a babe.

Dead or alive who would you most like to meet/have met?

John Arlott.

What s your favourite type food?

Fresh fish esp. lobster

Favourite takeaway food?

Curry

Favourite restaurant/takeaway?

Alexious Greek Tavern in Chipping Campden / Romna Takeaway in Alcester

Who prepares your favourite cricket tea?

Hard to choose, Julia Holt probably just gets it.

What s your all time favourite TV show?

Tom and Jerry the ones produced by Fred Quimby.

What CD is in your CD player at the moment?

Zero 7 and five others that I can t remember.

What s your favourite film of all time?

Apocalypse Now or The Deer Hunter, can t decide.

Favourite quote from a film?

( From Pulp Fiction ). " When you pulled into my driveway, did you see a sign that said " Dead Nigger Storage" ? & & & ."

Favourite holiday destination?

Majorca.

Favourite sport to play (excl cricket)?

Badminton.

Football team?

Tottenham Hotspur.

Cricket Team?

Captain Scott ( If you aren t familiar with them, you need to read the book " Rain Men " by Marcus Berkkman or ask Tom Benjamin.

Rugby team?

Don t have one.

Alcoholic Drink?

Hobsons bitter at The 3 Tuns / good red wine.

Soft drink?

Whaaaa?

Hot drink?

Tea

Favourite Pub?

Millbrook Inn, South Pool, South Devon.

Favourite Club?

The Caves in Menorca.

Proudest moment in your life?

The birth of my 2 boys. ( Ahhhhh& ).

Worst moment of your life?

Destroying my racing car at Snetterton, a premature end to a promising carreer& ( ! )

And finally, where do you think you ll be in 10 years?

4 years from retirement.

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Phil Stanley Interview




The Basics

Full Name: Philip Michael Stanley
DOB: 01/09/57
POB: Leamington Spa
Nicknames: Stanner, Phil Rouge, Chunkey
Living arrangement: Yes still living, Luddington
This season stats

Runs: 287
H/S: 60
Wickets: 3 in 7 seasons
B/B: and evening meal !!!! (don t know)
Catches: 4

2001 season opinion

How did you think your season went (personally and the team)?

Would have liked to get a few more runs, but never fear as we all know form is temporary, class is permanent. The team did well on the whole, but we did loose a few games that we possibly should have won.

What do you think about Grafton being in a league?

Never thought I d see Grafton in a league situation, can only think in a positive light, time will tell.

How do you think we ll fair in the league?

It s going to be a steep learning curve, must get some more quality players

Whats was your favourite game of the season?

Away to Bards, Village cricket at its best, competitive game with a bit of a row at the end. Also enjoyed a pub game against Toms Alcester school old chums.

Your choice for player of the season?

Martin Ashfield year in year out always on the spot, and performed well with the bat.

Young Player of the season?

All the young lads have a lot to offer and will only get better, but my young player of the season whilst he is still young goes to Tom for all ROUND commitment (to stand behind those stumps and see the ball going past must be a real pi-ser but he never gives in) and grafting away with the bat and proving that he can do it. A great knock against Stanway to win the game.
Comedy moment of the season?

Whenever Jase comes into bat , especially if its to bat out 12 overs to save the game.

General Grafton Favourites

What is your favourite away game?

Stanway just wish I could get a few runs over there.

Favourite away pub?

Mount Stanton or (Hockley Heath bar!!!!!)

Who would you most likely play for if Grafton weren t around?
Never even crossed my mind, but probably Exhall

What are your targets for next season?

To get more runs would be good, but to still enjoy it will do for me.

General Favourites

Favourite pass time (excl playing cricket)?

Doing the garden, sleeping, ask Rob he will tell you where we spend a lot of our spare time (or if you re feeling brave ask Bev and Dawn.)

Dream bird and why?

Kylie little Kylie do you need to know why O.K. it because she use to be in Neighbours!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dead or alive who would your most like to meet/have met?

Johnners

Whats your favourite type food?

Lets go for an English !

Favourite takeaway food?

Chinese

Favourite restaurant/takeaway?

China Garden (Telephone order - always Mr Stanry)

Who prepares your favourite cricket tea?

Have to say the wife, for diplomatic relations, Ruth tea is always top draw.

What s your all time favourite TV show?

Morecambe & Wise always funny (sad I know)

What CD is in your CD player at the moment ?

Texas - Greatest Hits
What s your favourite film of all time?

Life of Brian

Favourite quote from a film?

Who threw that ??

Favourite holiday destination?

Never leave Warwickshire only when I get a visa to play away games.

Favourite sport to play (excl cricket)?

Football

Football team?

Stoke City

Cricket Team?

Warwkickshire

Rugby team?

I don t do egg chasing

Alcoholic Drink?

Boddies

Soft drink?

Orange Juice

Hot drink?

Tea

Favourite Pub?

Any pub will do after a game

Favourite Club?

Don t have one, but (approaching Saga qualification !!!!!)

Proudest moment in your life?

Births of Ben & Lucy

Worst moment of your life?

Can t think of one, but worst Cricket moment was being bowled out by Jase when he turned out for a 10 man Exhall a couple of seasons ago.

And finally, where do you think you ll be in 10 years?

Still plodding on


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