JON AYLING RETIRES FROM HAMPSHIRE

Jon Ayling is about to end 25 years with Hampshire, first as a player from 1987 to 1993 and then a coach in various roles Jon Ayling is to leave his role as Hampshire bowling and assistant coach after 25 years with the club, initially as a player. The 44-year-old, a one-county all-rounder who represented Hampshire from 1987 to 1993 before retiring due to a knee injury, will become the cricket professional at Dauntsey’s School in Wiltshire from April Ayling played 60 first-class and 94 List A games, taking a combined total of 227 wickets and scoring 6,745 runs across six professional seasons. He was a member of three trophy-winning sides, lifting the Benson and Hedges Cup in 1987 and 1992 plus the 1991 NatWest Trophy. Ayling, who joined Hampshire’s coaching staff on his retirement, said: “I’ve been incredibly fortunate to represent the club as a player and, recently, as a coach and have enjoyed every moment of my association. “I had always intended at some stage to make the transition to working as cricket professional at the right school as it would suit my family’s needs. The post at Dauntsey’s is a very exciting opportunity and I’m looking forward to starting full-time at the school in April. “Hampshire Cricket will always play a significant part in my life. I hope to continue my association with the club in the future, possibly with some coaching during the school holidays, and definitely as a supporter of a wonderful club.” Hampshire first XI coach Giles White said: “I would like to thank Jon for all of his hard work over the...

Legends Match – The Review

Well,  you are probably all wanting to know what happened last week in the Big legends Cricket match.  Well it ended up a fantastic day with every Legend enjoying the day.  It has taken a bit long for this report because it has taken us all a bit of time to recover from last Sunday.  Pinelands Pharmacy ran out of Cataflam on Monday  and some  of us were still crawling around with aches on Wednesday. Barneys team won the toss and elected to bat which was always a bit of a gamble with the humidity very high on the day and everyone expected the ball to swing around and dip for the first 10 overs.  Indeed it did  especially the first ball of the day bowled by the nearly 80 Len Pye MBE .  The ball swivelled around, but PJ got right behind the ball and played straight in case Len got him out again.  We all know now why Farmer Craddock wanted to open the batting and leave the bowling to someone else because he battered Walshies attack with some excellent stroke play to help his team towards 117 all out with a great cameo innings of 19 from Manus Minnie who hit a great six towards the old score box. Kirsie on the other hand battled to get the ball off the square and when he eventually did, he was caught!! Another batsman that battled early on was Davie Law who walked right past a swinging 33 km per hour full toss and Murray Anderson had the bails off before you could say “:?><_+.  Great sportsmanship was...

Legends – Match Of The Century

As you may, or may not have heard, there is a huge game on this weekend.  The history of the world famous PCC comes together this weekend to put on a spectacle that you’ll tell you grand-kids about.  That’s right people, come Sunday, The Legends get to dust off their buckle pads and jock-straps to play the gentleman’s game once again! The match starts at 12:00 sharp.  The bar will be open all day and there will be braai facilities available from 2pm.  It is a 25 over game and those there to ump for a few overs would be appreciated.  Come out and support The Legends! The Teams: Walshies XI Barney’s Army Greg Walsh (c) Barney de Klerk (c) Trevor Roberts Clintin Rhode Robbie Diamond Kirsten Marshall Nico Knoop Trevor Pothercary Roly Chute Wayne Bird Ginge Rundle PJ Paulse Ken Hodge Mackie Swartz Murray Anderson (wk) Greg Craddock Pete Marx White Knight Meyer Dave Smith Jock McConnachie Brian de Jager Dave Law (wk) Brian Anothony Manus Minnie Manger: Len Pye MBE Manager: Ulrich Rhode So pull out your zimmerframes, this weekend is going to get...

Get to Know Your Legends – Guy Nicol

In this ”Get to know legends” we catch up with Indy Oil PCC Life Member Guy Nicol. Beefy: So Guy, where did you attend school? Guy: I matriculated from SACS in 1960 Beefy: Give us a brief overview of your cricketing career? Guy:  I played for the SACS 1st team and  SA Navy and in  1961 I joined joined Pinelands.   In ’68  I played for Green Point  for a couple of seasons and was back at the PCC in  ’71. I stopped playing cricket in the early 1990’s. I played in all Pinelands teams but mainly in the 2nds and 3rds. Beefy: What where the highlights of career? Guy: Playing in the 1st team, playing in the 2nds with my son and being made a Life member at the PCC. Beefy: Best individual moment of your playing career? Guy: Helping take 2nds from 2 C div to 2 A division in the ’60s over 2 seasons, 100 n.o for G.P against Pinelands ( 2nds ) on bottom oval, taking a catch off my son’s bowling and doing Broomsticks in the pub after 27 beers. Beefy: Most frustrating part of your cricketing career? Guy: Getting out too early too often Beefy: What do you do for a living? Guy: Retired from Safmarine   –finance Beefy: Favourite drink? Guy: Castle and Sav. Blanc   Beefy: Favourite food? Guy: Roast Beef and Steak   Beefy: Your favourite cricketer and why? Guy: Kallis, I admire his technique Beefy: The cricketer you looked up to when you were playing? Guy: Jackie McGlew Beefy: Best fielder ever to play with you? Guy: Barney  ( who ? ) de Klerk...

Getting to know your Legends – John Gurney

John Gurney : Cricket Profile   School : 1951 – 1958, Liverpool, Institute, Lancashire, UK 1958 Matriculated. Emigrated to SA   Senior Playing Career 1958 – 59 Green Point C.C. 1st XI 1959 – 64 UCT C.C. 1st XI 1965 – 69 Pinelands C.C. 1st XI 1970 – 71 Washington D.C. C.C. USA 1971 – 79 Pinelands C.C. 1st XI   Brief look at cricketing career : Mainly a top order batsman, part-time bowler and specialist fielder mainly at either slip or backward point.   Career Highlights : Breaking my school’s run scoring record, Captaining UCT and Pinelands XI’s, touring Bermuda whilst in the USA, playing in 1st league and S.A.U. winning sides whilst at University, touring the UK and Rhodesia with the W.P. Willows.   Best moments of career : Taking difficult catches, winning the best fielder award at the 1961 South African Universities tournament, Captaining Pinelands, a great bunch of sportsmen to enjoy playing with. Highest Score : 117 against Cape Town Best Bowling Performance : 5 for 17 against Stellenbosch University. Most catches in an innings : 4   Favourite Cricketer : Eddie Barlow who throughout the late sixties and seventies was inspirational on club, provincial, country and international stages. He really made things happen with bat, ball and in the field.   Personal Mentors : My school coach, Ed Wass and Peter van der Merwe, skipper at UCT when I arrived there. He was subsequently Springbok captain. Peter was a superb tactician under whom UCT won the First League Championship two years in a row.   Pinelands 1st Team Stalwarts from Same Era as Myself...

Get to Know your Legends – PJ Paulse

In this weeks Get to Know your Legends we speak to one of the most prolific in run getters in Club Cricket in the 80’s and 90’s, PJ Paulse. Beefy: Hi PJ what school did you attend? PJ: I attended Belgravia High in Athlone and completed a post matric at Lentegeur Secondary Beefy: Give us a brief look at your cricketing career? PJ: Never played school cricket but played for a club side called Cavaliers which Frank Brache started. Then in 1983 I was invited to indoor by the late Stuart Leary to join the PCC at indoor nets. It has been mentioned that even the ex SA bowler Stephen Jefferies saw PJ as the most dangerous club batsman during the mid 80s and 90s. I played in the PCC 1st team from 1983 to 2001. Beefy: What where the highlights of career? PJ: First 100 against Green Point who had John Farrell and PJ Bakke as the opening bowlers,first Chirp playing for PCC firsts against Green Point ” oh F…..k here comes another Omar Henry!! 193 against Fish Hoek and scoring 988 runs in a season!! Beefy: Best moment of your playing career? PJ: Winning the 1 day final against Cape Town under the Legendary Roy Clarke Beefy: Most frustrating part of your cricketing career? PJ: Did the ligaments in my knee in 2000 which ended my serious playing career. Beefy: Best performance for Pinelands? PJ: 6 for 37 and 193 against Fish Hoek Beefy: What do you do for a living? PJ: Maintenance Manager at the Athlone sewerage works. Specialise in plunging for the big ones. Beefy:...