JONNY RITCHIE AKA JR
JR loves his cricket. Renowned for being available to play for any team at any time, unfortunately JR has now got himself saddled with full time employment that may curtail his appearances in 2011.
Featuring mainly these days for the 2nd XI (and thus thwarting the former 3s skipper’s plan to trouser 20 Minor Cups in his career), JR is a hard hitting and exciting opening batsmen who leads the way in terms of centuries over the course of the last couple of seasons. While he is at the crease, the run rate is usually not an issue, and he is particularly proficient in helping himself when presented with bowling that is not of the highest standard.
JR has, in his time, been both the 2nd XI wicketkeeper, and the team’s opening bowler. He gave up the latter after receiving a couple of pastings against Waringstown last season, but can still don the gloves with aplomb when required. When not behind the sticks, he is a very agile fielder, one of the best in the 2s squad.
Formerly on management, JR is a good man to have on your side for events such as Night at the Races, and he has run a number of useful fundraising activities in the past. The only member of the club to boast a glamorous WAG (with Janka hailing from Slovakia), it is hoped JR will be able to spend a bit of time about the place during the 175 year.
DAVY SIMPSON AKA SIMMO
Simmo is a genuine senior cricketer as evidenced by his consistent position at the top of the NCU bowling averages for the last number of years. He has been the league’s top bowler on two occasions, and this season was selected to Alistair Bushe’s team of the year.
His bowling is remarkably consistent and usually parsimonious (see club scorer for the definition!). He regularly takes out opening batsmen and most of his scalps are top order players. His partnership with Ryan Ervine means that Lisburn possesses probably the finest opening bowling duo in the NCU.
Simmo’s batting has ebbed and flowed somewhat since he got off to an absolute flyer a few seasons back. Having previously opened up, he is now more usually seen in the lower middle order, and he is still more than capable of turning in useful and important contributions.
Off the field, Buckingham Palace is closely monitoring Simmo’s situation after his recent announcement that he has received an affirmative answer to his proposal to now fiancée Louise. Royal officials are keen to avoid a clash between the Simpson- Elliott union and the marriage of Prince William, and the TV companies and glossy mags are currently opening negotiations with Simmo and Louise to gain exclusive rights to their wedding day celebrations.
RICKY SIMPSON AKA DOGGY
Doggy is one of the club’s most dedicated cricketers. Rarely, if ever, will the Dogg miss out on a practice and he is one of the very few cricketers at the club who you can rely on to be available for matches, week in, week out.
Doggy is a left handed batsmen who has been utilised in just about every batting position for the 1st XI over the last few seasons. After a stand out first full season for the 1s, the Dogg will be the first to admit that his aggregate of runs has not matched his ambitions over the last couple of seasons. However, he has the ability to eek out important runs at important times, and if he can rediscover the touch he first displayed for the team, then the good times shouldn’t be far off again for the likeable coppertop.
His bowling can be very productive in the right situations, and he has regularly chipped in with important late wickets for his captain. His fielding has definitely improved and he can now normally be relied upon to take his chances.
Doggy is one of the club’s most loyal supporters off the pitch, and makes every effort to attend and at times assist with organising club events. The friendly banker also looks after the Colts team at the club and is simply a Lisburn clubman through and through.