Meet The Teams 2015

1st Team

Jim Tasker (Captain)

Jim, who takes over as captain for 2015, continues to be a top performer with bat and ball. An all rounder of great experience, formerly with Hallam and Sheffield Collegiate, his value was emphasised yet again in 2014 when he topped the bowling averages, lifted the 1st XI fielding award, and claimed the Player of the Year award.
Matthew Milburn (Vice-Captain)

A former junior who returned to the club in 2011, Matt worked hard to progress from the 2nd XI to become a 1st team regular and now, in 2015, the new vice-captain. A lethal batsman on his day, Matt has played for WHCC at all levels, and is a great influence in the dressing room.
Alex Fletcher

Whitley skipper 2008-2014, Alex has been with the club man and boy and scored over 10,000 runs. He played in the Whitworth Cup finals of 1998 (L) and 2004 (W), and captained the side to wins in 2009, 2010 and 2013; played in the YC Play-Off triumph of 1999, and captained the team in the finals of 2010 (L), 2012 (W), 2013 (W) and 2014 (L); also captained the side that won the Black Sheep Trophy in 2012 after missing the 2011 final through injury. A popular leader, he chose to stand down as captain after the 2014 season.

Neil Longhurst

In recent years has proven to be one of the best batters not only for Whitley but in the South Yorkshire League; Neil can destroy any attack any time. He also has a knack of picking up important wickets when he gets to bowl (which is not as often as he'd like!). He can also be seen patrolling a boundary edge tripping up over his bottom lip; and he has a unique ability to empty any bar with his unbelieveable stat recollections and tedious stories. Man of the Match in the 2012 Black Sheep final, and the Whitworth Cup finals of 2010 and 2013. Has moved past first-base recently with a member of the opposite sex, and now shares some pretty intimate cuddles with her...that is, when he's not looking after gay boys in Brighton!
Anthony Wilson

Following the departure of Jaco Castle after nine remarkable seasons, we were delighted to recruit Anthony, an Australian left-hand bat and leg-spin bowler who plays with South Brisbane.
Chris Siddall

A stylish, classical left-handed bat, long-serving Chris is the most decorated Whitley Hall cricketer of all time (though this is contested by his captain)! He numbers one League title (2010), two Black Sheep successes (2011, 2012) a Yorkshire Council Play-off final win (1999), five Whitworth Cup victories (2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013)...and a patrridge in a pear tree to his name! Chris loves a team night out, where he partners up with Chris Verity to form Whitley's very own Chuckle Brothers.
Sam Chatterton

Sam, another product of the Whitley coveyer belt of junior talent, holds the club record for the most seasons without having been dismissed legitimately --producing an excuse every time it happens and never being afraid to explain his misfortune to his colleagues. That apart, Sam is a talented glove-man and a master at hitting winning runs --such as happened in last season's Yorkshire Council Play-Off final. Sam recently passed his Level 2 coaching award, so can now pass on his wealth of knowledge (and range of excuses) to future Whitley Wizards.
Liam Heathcote

Liam endured a frustrating summer in 2014 because of a shoulder problem, but, fit again, looks to pick up where he left off before his injury setback. 'Pecker' is a big-hitting middle-order batter, and a decent short leg. Another great clubman, the sort of guy whose postive attitude is an excellent example to the club's youngsters.
Greig Batty

All-rounder Greig joins us for the 2015 season, having arrived from Wrenthorpe. He is a South Yorkshire lad and previous played with Wath and Barnsley.
James Ahmed

Jimmy is a very reliable all-rounder --one of those much-appreciated guys who produces the same level of consistency and never lets you down no matter which team he plays for. His one weakness is getting injured in warm-ups, having twice suffered mishaps in taking catches and splitting webbing ahead of games. 'George', as he is affectionately known by his team-mates, bounced back from injury to take the 2nd XI batting prize in 2014 (323 runs at 64.6 av).
Ben Webster

'Space Cowboy' Ben is not the sharpest tool in the bag, but boy can he bowl (well, when he is fit)! He has produced some incredible bowling spells, the most recent of which was his opening spell in the Yorkshire Council Play-off final last year (2013). He has been known to clear the boundary when called upon to bat, and it is believed he is the best number 11 in the SYC League. A great lad to have about the place because you are never short of the opportunity to rib him as the boy is 'a complete buffoon' (his Dad's words, not ours).
Tom Fletcher

Easily the cleverest and most educated of the current Whitley team because he can spell his full name. We just love listening to Tom's thesis and hypothesis on all things and, most of all, we all wait for Saturdays to look at pictures of Tom's lad, who is just pulling a face slightly different from that of the week before. Tom is an experienced, clever bowler whose economy is second to none. The club's recent successes in cup competitions can be part attributed to Tom's opening nine overs. An all-round good egg, but we are still yet to see Tom on a team night out, or, indeed, see him drunk.
Steve Bethel

The charismatic, loveable character returned to Whitley Hall in 2014 to strengthen not only the batting order, but the bar takings. A former Bradford League legend, Steve was a member of the WHCC team that won the Premier Division title in 2010, and was a Whitworth Cup winner in 2009 and 2010. He also figured in the Black Sheep champions triumph of 2011; and he brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge that will benefit the club's large number of youngsters. Once a destructive batter, Steve has tamed down somewhat, and now boasts a run-rate that mirrors Kevin Brown's.
James Brown

The Justin Bieber lookalike has really come of age recently after developing a moustache. This was quickly lost however after it brushed off during his first kiss aged 15 and it is hoped his new first girlfriend won’t affect his cricket. A Yorkshire Schools representative, Jimmy has grown into an all rounder who found himself opening the bowling and batting towards the end of the 2012 season, as well as being an athletic fielder. A bright future for the lad again brought up through the WHCC youth teams. Joined Barnsley 2015, but remained a Whitley boy at heart.
Jaco Castle (2005-2014)

What a player South African Jaco was for Whitley between 2005 and 2014! He was one of the SYCL's top-all-rounders throughout that time; and a great club man --on and off the field. He left us all with some tremendous memories of unforgettable days when he went home for good in Sept 2014.

2nd Team

Joe Webster (Captain)

Often known as Captain Chaos, handsome Joe is now in his fifth season as 2nd XI captain. In 2013 led his men to a unique President's Trophy triumph , and in 2014 to promotion from Div 2--feats certain to seal his place in the Whitley Hall of fame! Indeed, he may yet get a statue, to stand at Cow Corner. An off-spinner of note, Joe is also the club's general secretary.
Chris Verity (Vice Captain)

Top order batsman ‘Vezza’ enjoyed a successful season in 2012, when breaking into the 1st XI, and continued in good form in 2013 Elected vice-captain for 2014, Chris can easily be spotted in the field for his athletic fielding, not to mention his barrel chest and dashing good looks. A product of the WHCC youth set up.
Adrian Tazzyman

‘Taz’ signed from Elland in the 2008 season and proved to be an immediate success after picking up the 2nd team batting award with his accumulation of runs from dogged performances. Since Taz joined the club he has developed a lofted cover drive shot, hit his first six in 2009, and has managed to argue with every player in the SYCL when completing his set by abusing Bob Cummins a year or so ago. The dressing room is well accustomed to Adrian’s sarcastic abuse as well as his all-round positive philosophy…
Tim Wadsworth

Tim, who likes to be addressed as Lord Wadsworth of Grenoside, rejoined Whitley after taking a break from the game to pursue a career in polo and acting as a lookalike double for Raul. The top/middle order batsman has chipped in with useful runs since his return, and he's a top quality fielder (he took the 2nd XI fielding prize last season); but it has been said that his hidden strength is his bowling. In his spare time, fashion icon Tim enjoys playing croquet on the back garden and taking his yacht for a spin on the local lakes.

Roy Sanderson

‘Sando’ is Whitley Hall’s longest-serving player and reputed to be embarking on his 64th season in 2014. A top or middle-order batsman who invariably scores well throughout a season and bowls a full complement of overs mid-innings, Roy rediscovered his soft side recently thanks to his young grandson, but this has been lost on those team-mates who find him a miserable t***. Man of Match in the President's Trophy triumph of 2014 against Phoenix --25 years after winning the same award in the club's first Whitworth Cup success, the defeat of Darfield in 1988.
Aaron Whitehead

Aaron ‘The Hammer’ Whitehead has burst onto the scene over the past 2 years with his aggressive bowling performances and exciting batting trysts (usually over fairly quickly). Fielding leaves a lot to be desired and needs to learn that his whites will wash. Personality wise Aaron has come on leaps and bounds and even engages people in conversation. Member of the Brains trust.
Alistair Riddle

Alistair arrived in the second team a year or so ago during the holiday season, and in only his second match recorded figures of 7 overs 7 maidens. Questions remain about his sexuality (he has still to get in shower), and rumours abound that he is bribing the captain for choice of ends by selling him a cow. Has a genetically modified head!
Joe Chatterton

Younger brother of 1st team wicketkeeper Sam, though they couldn’t be more chalk and cheese. Joe is the professor of the side and hopes to be a nuclear scientist. 2nd XI debut in 2012 after superb performances in the colts, and last season he emerged as the premier spinner although his personal hygiene has had to be improved by the trimming of his affro.
Liam Bacon

Rumours are rife that the club actually has player called Liam Bacon, last seen in the 2009 season, just nipping off to price up a job at Hallam and no-one at WHCC has seen him since. Tales have been told of an experienced opening bowler, underrated batsman and owner of a dog and the biggest/woolliest jumper in the history of cricket.
Oliver Warren

Another member of Brains trust Oliver does little to dispel the myth that everyone is interbred in Stocksbridge. Broke into the 2nds last season and produced many sound displays, and his batting without engaging his brain style really suits his special needs. Has added some real punch to our middle order and during warm-ups likes to keep us updated with his Friday night exploits. Don’t rush in Olly it will happen naturally………
Tom Sorsby

Wicketkeeper Tom created quite an Impression when, batting on his debut, with only one ball to survive, he charged down the wicket and was stumped! Yet who will forget how, aged 15, he was thrown in at the deep end in the YC Play-Off final against New Farnley at Methley in Sept 2012, and did not concede a single extra. His improvement has been rapid. Tom is also an elite hockey player, one really going places in and around the England set-up. This and the demands of his continuing education means we may sometimes lose his services.
Biswick Kapala

Biswick is our ever-smiling overseas superstar, though nobody seems to know where exactly he came from! Settled into the side like a dream, impressing with his away swing and control, but the lad has decided that normal fielding positions aren't for him --he just stands where he fancies (usually fly slip). Took the 2nd XI bowling award in 2013.
Doug Muzawazi

Signed this season, Doug has been recruited by our Zimbabwean Biswick Kapala (according to Webster's Dictionary he is actually Biswick's older brother). Doug brings some healthy competition to the club, in terms of selection, competing as best dancer and as the longest in the shower. High-class batsman, under- used bowler (in his opinion) and a livewire in the field. We all welcome Doug in becoming a long- awaited Wizard.

3rd Team (Colts)

Kevin Brown

A great servant of the club who has shown his young charges the right way to play the game in leading the Colts to successive title successes in the South Yorkshire Alliance. He took the Colts batting award with an average of 66.20 in 2013. Father of James and Matt --and the lads couldn't have a better mentor.
Elliott Ashton

Nick Lowe

Josh Singleton

Charlie Wragg

Matthew Brown

Jack Hartley

Bradley Whitehead

Josh Dobson

Oliver Thompson

Jacob Nalty

Inez Younis

Nelson Windle

Charlie Poole

Molly Whittaker