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Umpire Tony Hamer selects his favourite XI

Umpire Tony Hamer selects his favourite XI

15 Jun 2020

Tony Hamer has been involved with Bradford League cricket for 59 years and has seen many fine players during that time. Now, he has become the latest person to name his team of the decade.

Hamer, first played in the competition with Great Horton in 1961 and played for an incredible 42 years before retiring in 2003 and taking up umpiring. He made 12,222 runs and  saw  top players like Neil Gill, Nicky Rushworth and Mark Bray launch their career at Great Horton.

He reckons that selecting his Team of the Decade was tricky. He said: "I had to put a lot of thought into choosing my captain, my wicketkeeper and my overseas player. I had several option for each of those positions, but in the end I am happy with the line up I have gone for."

TONY HAMER'S XI

MARK ROBERTSHAW (PUDSEY ST LAWRENCE)

He is so consistent and exactly what you need at the top of the order. His record is outstanding and his runs have been so important to St Lawrence.

GARY FELLOWS (HANGING HEATON)

I like the idea of having the league's two best batsmen opening together. It is a left and right hand combination full of runs. Gary has played many fine innings and is a quality player with bags of experience.

RICHARD ROBINSON (KEIGHLEY)

He is the league's leading runscorer and capable of taking an attack apart. A very positive player who can also offer some useful off spin.

BABAR BUTT (PUDSEY CONGS)

An exciting batsman who could change the course of a game quickly. He was the best player and reader of spin that I have seen in the league.

TIM ORRELL (WOODLANDS)

I had to think long and hard about my captain. James Smith was very much in my thoughts, but Tim Orrell got my vote for the way he improved both Saltaire and then Woodlands as captain. A forceful batsman and a handy short leg fieldsman.

JOHN WOOD (CLECKHEATON)

I can still remember his ferocious spell of fast bowling as Spen Victoria as they beat Pudsey St Lawrence in the 1990 Priestley Cup. After his first class career with Durham and Lancashire was over, he came back to the league and made important contributions with bat and ball as he led Cleckheaton to title success in 2013 and 2014.

ALAN MYNETT (HANGING HEATON)

There have been some good wicketkeepers but I have gone with Alan Mynett. He was a feisty character with plenty to say, but he had great ability with the gloves and the bat.

GLENN ROBERTS (PUDSEY CONGS)

An extremely good left-arm spin bowler who kept things tight and gave little away. Useful with the bat and also a very able fielder.

RICHARD McCARTHY (BRADFORD & BINGLEY)

Richard McCarthy was a wonderful opening bowler who took 1,036 league wickets. He was a more than able batsman too, and got my vote ahead of Sarfraz Ahmed, Rana Naveed and Jaffer Nazir as my overseas player.

CHRIS BRICE (WOODLANDS)

Another consistent performer with an excellent record. Has produced many fine performances for Woodlands and has played a key part in so many of their successes. Another player with plenty to say on the field.

NEIL GILL (PUDSEY CONGS)

I gave him his debut at Great Horton as a 17-year-old. At his peak was the outstanding English opening bowler in the league and played such a huge part in Pudsey Congs' five title wins.

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