We start with a fresh-faced Paul “Pablo” Lissowski way back in 2008, at just 16 years old Paul was looking to establish himself in the second XI. The 2s travelled to Broxbourne to battle out a mid-table clash.
Paul’s introduction came when skipper Andy Vernon had to retire with the game barely underway, he joined El Presidente Tristan at the crease and the pair added 100 for the first wicket. With Tristan departing, it was over Paul to anchor the innings. Pabs was brutal on anything short, charged any slow bowler offering flight & caressed the ball through the off-side whenever bowlers over-pitched.
As wickets fell at the other end, Pabs carried on in his own bubble, respecting good balls and punishing everything else on the way to his maiden senior ton. Pab’s innings was ended right after he reached his landmark, but he had led the team passed 200.
Our second of the trio is Charlie Scutt. After leaving QE boys, Scutt lost his way and it took him several years to find his way down to Gypsy Corner, but as they say, better late than never.
We travel back only to last season as OEs embarked upon our debut in the Herts League T20 competition. Scutt was pushed up the order to bat at 3 and was involved quicker than expected as a wicket fell in the first over. Scutt took the attack to the bowlers straightaway dispatching the ball through point with his trademark cut shot. He was particularly brutal on the spinners, launching two sixes over long-on on his way to 69 not out, helping OEs post 206 from our 20 overs.
His work & influence over the game wasn’t over their as he collected three stumping's in the second innings to help secure 108-run victory.
For the last of this weeks trio, we head back to 2013, the penultimate game of a successful season and a day that would go down in the record books.
OEs hosted Hatfield Hyde and amassed 250 in 40 overs when they declared to give the bowlers ample time to bowl the opposition out. Little did skipper Jon Mackman know that the bowlers would only need 12.2 overs to take all ten wickets.
Tom Spenceley opened the bowling and produced one of the best spells ever seen at the memorial fields. His mix of seam & swing bamboozled the Hyde batsman as he rattled off 5 maidens from his 5 overs. Spence’s magic produced 1 LBW and 4 cleaned bowled as he finished with the incredible figures of 6-5-2-5.
Spenceley’s efforts were part of a game that saw the Hatfield Hyde side bowled out for just seven, yes seven.
Keep an eye out to see who we visit down memory lane next week in our next instalment of Throwback Thursday.
Updated 22:22 - 28 Jun 2018 by James Heavey