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First XI captain since 2003 Ben led the team to the Division 1 championship in 2010. On his day one of the most exciting batsmen in North Wales cricket Ben has represented the county and scored a sparkling135 when Denbigh’s Ystrad Road hosted a county game in the 2010 season. Able to take bowling attacks apart and build sizeable innings Ben is also one of the clubs top fielders regularly leading the stats on number of catches taken.
John Lee is a powerful all rounder capable of taking important wickets as well as demolishing bowling attacks with his hard hitting batting. A key member of the 2010 title winning side which included an immense innings of 89* v Bethesda from just 56 balls John can also be relied on as one of the close fielders and shows no fear when fielding as close to the bat as physically possible.
One of the classiest and most consistent opening batsmen in the division Gerallt has progressed rapidly through the club since his debut in 2002 aged just 14, to become one of the most important players in the side. He is one of the leading run scorers the club has produced and his 777 runs in the 2010 season were one of the foundations on which the season was built. Another of our all -rounders Gerallt has also weighed in with over 100 wickets. Gerallt is also the junior cricket organiser and head coach.
A new recruit who joined the club at the start of the 2011 season Cardiff University student Gwern has already shown that he has the talent and ability to deal with opening the batting in the Premier League and has developed a great understanding with Gerallt at the top of the order. His 94 v Brymbo showed that he is clearly able to build big scores and more can certainly be expected from this fine prospect.
Vice- Captain of the side, for a long time one of the finest prospects at the club with massive potential, a number of injuries held Tom back from showing his undoubted talent. The last two seasons have however enabled Tom to demonstrate the true breadth of his ability.Able to score runs quickly and with one of the best techniques at the club he showed he can cope with the demands of the Premier League when knocking his maiden century 101* vs Connahs Quay despite batting at 8 on a day when only 3 other Denbigh players reached double figures. Tom is regarded as one of the clubs finest fielders with unbounded levels of energy, his ground fielding sets the example in the team. Tom is also one of our ECB accredited coaches and runs our U13 team.
Ever since he announced his presence in North Wales cricket in taking 7/32 in only his second ever senior game Harrison’s rise has been meteoric. Yet another all rounder his off-spin and tremendous timing while batting have earned him call ups for the Welsh side and in only 3 full seasons he has passed the 100 wickets and 1000 runs milestones. Yet another player who is excellent wherever he fields with fantastic hands and a rapier throw Harrison is one of the best young talents in North Wales cricket and can turn a game singlehandedly.
One of the most consistent bowlers that the club has produced in many years and another product of the club’s junior section and having progressed through the ranks. A good description of Alec’s bowling could be ‘metronomic’. Difficult to score against Alec’s economy rate is always one of the best in the club while his average is always usually impressive. Alec is also capable of adding runs in the lower order in flamboyant style and has a Sunday league high score in the 90’s as well as a number of key inning for the first XI.
Yet another talented all rounder at Denbigh’s disposal Darren can bat at any position in the top order and look extremely comfortable. He is technically superb and has recently begun to show the confidence to dominate an innings with shots to all parts of the ground against even the best quality of bowling. His swing bowling is also a handy weapon for a captain to turn to when needed as well as offering the occasional spell of tidy spin bowling and he is a key partnership breaker when called upon.
Joe joined the club from local rivals St. Asaph in the 2011 season and was unlucky to suffer a major injury which limited his participation. His attitude however shone through and he was immediately recognised as being a major talent and positive influence on the team. An excellent wicket keeper with astonishing reflexes and superbly safe hands his ability while standing up to the wicket is astounding. He showed his class with the bat with a top score of 76 in the Welsh Cup and he is undoubtedly a long term fixture behind the stumps for Denbigh.
A stalwart of the club who has played for Denbigh Cricket Club for over a quarter of a century Emyr was recently made a life member. Emyr is still one of the finest wicket keepers at the club with lightning quick hands and razor sharp reflexes. The fact that he is still performing to such a high standard while at the top level of North Wales cricket is testament to his dedication and athleticism. With the bat he may not be the most powerful hitter but his knack of picking gaps in the field and scampering quick singles makes him an ideal lower order batsman as he is able to get the big hitters on strike. Showing no signs of slowing down Emyr looks set to remain a feature with the first XI for some time yet.
Identified early on while still a junior as one for the future, Stuart translated this potential into establishing himself as a first team regular while still only 18. His batting can be powerful and dismissive of even the best bowling attacks capable of making batting looking extremely simple and he has shown his ability to make big scores at the higher levels of North Wales cricket. A safe pair of hands in the field he excels as a close fielder as he brings his goalkeeping reactions and agility to the cricket field.
Another new recruit for the 2011 season Chris brought an extensive experience of Premier League cricket to the club. His spin bowling has already brought him important wickets for the club and his batting offers an extra dimension to the team. Chris is also able to offer invaluable tactical knowledge and support on the pitch.
Our overseas player for the 2012 season Will returns to Denbigh after a successful season with the club in 2010 when he scored a mammoth 847 runs and took 35 wickets as the club became champions of North Wales Division 1. In Australia Will plays for North Sydney District Cricket Club with a distinguished record with both bat and ball. An aggressive opening bat Will forged a superb partnership with Gerallt Lyall in his last stay and will be looking to emulate this in the current season. With the ball Will tends to get his wickets in rapid bursts as his 6 four – wicket hauls in 2010 show. Having been a major influence on the club reaching the Premier League Will is looking forward to playing at this level for Denbigh Cricket Club
Our overseas player for the 2011 season Marcus hails from Bayswater, Melbourne where he plays for Bayswater Park. A powerful seam bowler on the pitch Marcus has also brought a new sense of professionalism to the club in the first Premier League season with a particular focus on practice and net sessions that are certainly putting all players through their paces. Having set himself a goal of hitting at least one century this season the club awaits this with anticipation as with a swashbuckling attacking style any innings is always likely to entertain.