Meet the Squad
Warwickshire Bears CCVI
Luke Sugg vice captain – B3
Luke is a main member of the team, and is the youngest captain the bears have ever had. Luke was capatain for the famous 2013 season treble winning year, he expresses a desire to help the team be successful. Luke has been around the blind cricket league for what seems to be a liftetime but is still young and has many years left to play. Luke had one of his most succesfull tournements in 2015 for England scoring over 600 runs and winning disability player of the year.
Nathan Foy – B1
Nathan is a very experienced member of the Blind Cricket society, and has represented his country around 50 times – the second most experienced England Player of all time. He is England’s most prolific run scorer and in the top three England wicket takers of all time. His ability to construct an innings is second to none. Although Nathan is now officially a father – he has always been a father figure to the younger generation of Blind Cricket for over a decade.
Chris Lanwarne – LP
chris is ever reliable he will be at every game and trainning session held by the bears. you will usally see chris stopping balls flying at him at point his favourite fielding position. chris is also a swimmer and loves his sport.
Justin Hollingsworth Captain – B3
Justin is still the young puppy of the team – after making his debut for the bears when he was 12 – Justin soon impressed by becoming the club’s leading batsman in the line up. He soon relished the opportunity to face the opening bowlers and often made them look silly by scoring big runs. He became the youngest Warwickshire player ever to score a century when he scored 106 against South Wales Dragons in 2010. He went on to score many crucial innings for the club and was one of the main reasons the club secured the 2011 BBS Cup. He is also a very intelligent bowler, taking vital wickets when the team need them, and is also very good in the field – with a safe pair of hands. In June 2012 Justin became the third youngest player to ever play for England when he made his debut against Australia at Warwick School. A bright future lies ahead of Justin, and a very successful one too.
Gerald Porter – B3
Gerald is a key member of the squad and will be found behind the stumps. He has been a stand out player not only for the bears but in the league by winning the best wicket keeper in the league last year. Gerald is also involved in the regional set up and is throwing everything into tyrying to gain a place representing his country.
Mark Turnham (Vice Captain) – B1
Mark is the most experienced B1 player that we have within the team and also the most experienced player at all within the club. Mark has had a very long career spanning across almost 20 years. He has developed well in terms of his bowling and will pick up key wickets for the team. He has taken on a lot of responsibility already this season being one of the few B1’s in our team – he has been ever present for our matches.
Aiden Reilly – B3
Aiden is ever present. The first player to always say that he is available and can always rely on Aiden giving his best for the club. Having joined the team in 2007, Aiden soon found that keeping was his role, and he also offers a unique style with the bat – and can be relied upon to score quick runs if need be. Aiden has been a great help in trying to run the team – many times arranging grounds in difficult circumstances and ensuring that all players have a good time on the pitch – as he is the comedian of the team – well tries to be!
Matt Cliff – B2
Matt is one of the more athletic members of the team due to his background in athletics. Due to this background he knows what it takes to win – and he expresses this desire on the pitch and in his own performances. Matt was part of the successful 2011 cup winning side and he will be looking to secure a second successive cup success.
Hassan Ali – B4
Hassan is one half of the club twins. He is a very excitable character and shows a lot of desire. He is a very capable batsman and can also bowl at a rapid pace. He is a player that enjoys playing and is always happy to help anyway he can whether it be with the bat, the ball or just fielding. He has a lot of talent and showed extremely coolness in the cup semi final by playing a solid innings to help guide the team to victory.
Asif Ali – B4
Asif is the other half of the club twins – and although he has not been as successful this season, he first expressed his talent at the BCEW development tournament with some explosive batting displays at the top of the order. He is another player that has a burning passion for the sport and is always willing to do what is best for the team.
Eamon joined the bears in there 2016 season. he has a handfull of wickets and few runs to his name. he is one of the most commited players as like his team mate Matt Cliff travel from liverpool week in week out.
Roy Turnham – B1
Roy is one of the more talented members of the team – having represented his country at three different sports. He made his name and impact by being an excellent athletics competitor. He has also represented England at cricket – being part of the successful 2008 Ashes winning team. He is now part of the England Blind football team – and will be representing his country at the upcoming Paralympics in London. He is the younger brother of Bears vice captain Mark Turnham.
A quick thank you
Warwickshire Bears for the Visually Impaired would just like to take this opportunity to thank the people that allow us to continue playing.
Bev Hollingsworthis forever ensuring that the club have delicious teas for both home and away teams, always ensuring that the club has a pitch to play on and she is also in charge of the financial side of the club – ensuring that the club does not spend more than their budget. A huge thank you from all the players to bev – as without her efforts the club would not exist.
Steve Hollingsworthhas put up much of his time ensuring that players get to and from matches and on many occasions has delivered players to their front doors when we have travelled late at night. Steve has also been very helpful in the past – umpiring in matches, and also scoring many of the club’s matches. He is a true gentleman and the club is very grateful for Steve’s help, and also his humour throughout the season.
Pete Suggis currently the chairman of Warwickshire CCVI and although he has a limited hands on approach with the club, he is always working hard behind the scenes to ensure that the club is continuing to do the right things in the right manner. He always offers to pick players up if they are running late, and has many times dropped players off at train stations or homes to ensure they have a safe journey home.
Umpires and Scorersare very important within the game of blind cricket and with the new panel of umpires – it has enabled the club to produce some good cricket, and has also eased the pressure on trying to find umpires and scorers. We as a club would like to thank all Umpires and Scorers for all of our matches in the BCEW league, the Twenty20 competition and also in the BBS Cup. Without them – the matches would not have run as smoothly, and would not be as enjoyable. We’d like to thank them all for their time, their efforts and their commitment to helping us all through our matches.