Cookham Dean Cricket Club 2nd XI squad

2nd XI
Simon D'Ardenne

A colourful character who on his day can prove an extremely average cricketer with both bat and ball. Known for his relentless narcissism, homo erotic leanings and impressive ability to "talk a good game", he has become a cult figure at the Dean where he has flattered to deceive for many years.  

After spending the last few years fluctuating blandly between the elevens, Simon has finally made his play for glory in 2020 by initiating a bloodless coup d'etat, removing the long time incumbent Jonathan Gay and taking over the prized role of 3rd XI captain.

Simon intends to run a tyrannical tight ship and has confirmed he will be flogging wicketless bowlers, removing the fingernails of batsman who are out for under ten and burning anyone who drops a catch from his bowling at the stake. 

Simon has also confirmed the rumours by announcing his engagement and forthcoming wedding  to the lovely Miss Mellie Cockapoo. This will take place in September, one week after the end of the season and Simon's inevitable sacking.   




Sav Gandesha
The Ravi Bopara of the Thames Valley League, Sawan has played in the first team since 2005, and established himself as a top order batsman in 2006. His bowling has become his stronger suit in recent years however and his mercurial tendencies have led to him dropping to the 2nd XI. This helped to revitalise his love for the game and he finished the 2013 season as the leading wicket taker in Level 5 of the TVL as the 2nds got promoted. Nephew of ex-first team player Bipin Patel, and the son of Raj Gandesha.
Richard Lucas
 Loves a circuit through Marlow and is the undisputed Club Chop King.  Claims to have bagged at least three triple "c"s in Australia but this has yet to be confirmed.  Decent batsman who used to be able to bowl. 
Rob Mettler
Aggressive batsman who can bat anywhere in the order. Formerly a regular bowler, Rob has taken up wicket keeping in recent seasons, becoming the 2nd XI's first choice keeper in 2017 and then stepping up to the 1st XI in 2019.
Rory Millar
Rory was an established top-order 1st team batsmen for several years and topped the averages for the side in their promotion winning season in 2011.  Returned to the club in 2018 after five years away.
Aaron O'Donoghue
A former Stokenchurch player who joined the Dean permanently in 2009 after playing some Sundays in 2008.

He bowls at a good pace and can also provide some useful runs down the lower order, making a fine start to his CDCC league career in the 2nd team in partnership with skipper Richard Bibby. He took a remarkable 8-36 to destroy the Aldershot 2s batting lineup in 2009. This spell of bowling led to 2nd XI stalwart Andy Pett calling him "The Terminator!" Since then Aaron has established himself firmly in the 1st XI.
Jake Richardson
Classy top order batsman who has plundered many runs for the club in recent years. Brought to the club by Andrew Pett in 2005 and became a consistent run scorer in the 2nds before moving up to the 1st XI for a few seasons. Captained the 2nd XI in 2011 and 2012 and now back in the ranks remains one of their more reliable performers.

Likes to still pretend he is the captain at points but its constantly reminded that he gave the duty when he resigned, forced out by a marble like cricketer.
Performance history