Please be aware that any opinions are my own and are not representative of any North Wales League official, player or club (especially Llandudno CC).
My North Wales All Time World Cup Squad
England’s bid to win the 2019 Cricket World Cup is well underway.
There was some controversy over the selection as a few players missed out who have been instrumental in the team’s rise to the top of the ODI rankings.
I do believe that England have got the squad right. In my squad, I had David Willey in and Liam Plunkett missing out. People can give their opinions but the facts of the matter are that some players had to miss out.
Although the selectors had a difficult decision to make, it is an extremely healthy position to be in going forward, having to leave players out rather than scratch your heads and go looking for people to include.
This got me thinking this week about selecting an all-time North Wales Cricket League XI and who would I pick to represent our region in a cricket World Cup.
Obviously I would have to set some ground rules, otherwise I would just fill the team sheet with ex and current team mates, like anyone selecting this type of team would.
The rules for the squad are that I could not include anyone who I have played on the same team as, even if they have gone on to move elsewhere.
My selections also had to come from the players I have played against in a North Wales Cricket League fixture and could not include any overseas guest players or myself.
For example, Roman Walker now plays for Glamorgan and played for Marchwiel and Wrexham, however I never played against him so he cannot be included.
I drew up a shortlist of 25 players and had to whittle it down to a squad of 15. It proved to be a very tough choice and there are some very good players who can feel unfortunate to be left out. It then proved an even bigger task to get down to a final 11.
As I state at the top of this piece, this is my personal opinion and reflects on what I have seen on a cricket field. My team selection is explained below.
1 Will Evans (Mochdre CC)
Will is an explosive batsman at the top of the order who will take advantage of the powerplay in the first 10 overs. Having played against Will in all junior age groups and senior cricket before his move to Neston, I have experience of him slamming opposition bowling to all corners of the ground.
Back in 2008, he hit our overseas for the biggest six I have seen in my life and it is rumoured to still be orbiting our planet today.
2 Glenn Chambers (Pontblyddyn CC)
Mr Pont has been one of the toughest opponents I have faced.
A classy top order batsman who makes big runs and takes even bigger wickets. He is a batsman who does not give his wicket away, you as a bowler have to earn it and he is a perfect partner to open with Will.
Glenn’s longevity is frightening and I am sure we are all asking him how we can extend our careers for as long as he has!
3 David Fox (Connah’s Quay CC)
Another batsman whose career seems to have lasted forever!
Like Glenn, he does not give his wicket away cheaply. David is capable of making big hundreds with his elegant strokeplay and is always near the top of the Premier League run charts come the end of season awards. He slots in at three perfectly to provide a platform for our innings.
4 Adam Campion (Mochdre CC)
Prior to his move to Colwyn Bay, Adam was one of the top players in North Wales.
Having represented Wales at every age group (and West of England), he can count himself unlucky not to have played at the top level.
He finished just shy of the magical 1000 run season in the 2009 Premier League with 972 runs. He is also an excellent option with the ball bowling his off spin.
It is Adam’s consistency of performance that makes him such a good player and it is no surprise that he is now a key contributor at Colwyn Bay CC.
5 David Lloyd (Brymbo CC)
I have to include David in this side as he is now plying his trade in the professional game with Glamorgan.
Although he was a young player in our league, his potential was clear for everyone to see and he has made he most of his talents by becoming a key player in the Glamorgan dressing room, captaining the side this week.
Although he might not remember himself, I am more than happy to recall that I have dismissed him twice leaving the ball onto his off stump…
6 Harrison Jones (Denbigh CC)
Undoubtedly one of the top players in the Premier League now and is showing this every week.
Started out as a stroke player but has now developed his game and can clear the rope all round the ground. He doesn’t just score runs, but plays important innings for his team when it is needed.
Harrison is also a vastly improved left-arm spinner with the ball and gives another option when looking for wickets.
7 Robert Marshall (Bangor CC – captain)
Robbie takes the gloves in this side, showing at the weekend he is still one of the best around, by producing a stunning leg side stumping against Llandudno.
He has scored a huge number of runs (7500+) in the Premier League and does so by battling for ever run he can.
Mr Bangor can bat anywhere in the line up and gives the side flexibility. A tough opponent who knows how to rally the troops, Robbie takes the captaincy in this side.
8 Chris Ellwood (Gresford CC)
For me, one of the best all rounders in the country, not just North Wales.
Chris takes the new ball and hits the bat hard. He has more pace than you realise when watching him and on his day he can rip through any batting side.
Chris can also bat anywhere in the line up and can push the guys at the top of the order to kick on, because if they don’t, he can take their spot.
9 Andrew Swarbrick (Chirk CC)
Like Chris, he bowls with more pace than you realise and makes up the second part of an excellent new-ball partnership.
As a left-armer he provides excellent natural variation to the bowling attack and when the ball is swinging, he can be almost unplayable.
Andrew can also swing a piece of willow and adds natural fire power at the end of the innings.
10 David North (St Asaph CC)
Dave has spent decades bowling an immaculate line and length. He will be perfect to come on in the middle overs to restrict the opposition and make the most of any swing/seam movement on offer.
He is not a bowler who looks like he will rip through a batting line up, until you look at the scoreboard and see 30-7. Trust me, I know!
Dave is also more than useful coming in down the order and is another who can add valuable late over runs.
11 Ashley Wood (Menai Bridge CC)
Ashley is the all-time top wicket taker in the North Wales Premier League and has won the league bowling award on many occasions.
His use of subtle changes in pace and moving along the crease is what undoes a lot of opposition batsmen and he is a proven match winner with the ball.
His bowling is based on putting the ball consistently in the right area and letting the batsmen get themselves out, perfect for the one-day arena.
12 Dion Holden (Menai Bridge CC), 13 Martin Burger (Connahs Quay CC)
14 Jack Gower (Menai Bridge CC)
15 Campbell Marr (Hawarden Park CC)
That would be my North Wales All Time World Cup squad. What would yours be…
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