The Teams: Ramsbottom First XI


  • Tom Parton | Top Order batsman and wicket keeper

    Tom Parton

    Top Order batsman and wicket keeper

    Tom is a model Pro in every sense. He works hard at his game in practice resulting in an excellent 2013 campaign. Tom finished leading run score and picked up the prize for League wicket-keeper with most dismissals. A Great future ahead and surely a future RCC captain. Nickname – Junior Pro

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  • Grant Thomson | Professional

    Grant Thomson


  • Andy Dalby | Manager

    Andy Dalby


    Andy is Head of Cricket at RCC. Andy played in RCC's 2nd XI before retiring in 2009 due to work commitments. Wanting to stay involved at the club Andy took up the challenge set out by chairman Rod Hamer, to move the club forward. During this time the club have won ten trophies, including two 1st XI trebles in 2010 and 2011.

  • John Steele | Coach

    John Steele


    The youngest 76 year old in the game. A true gentlemen, John coaches the 1st XI on match days and works tirelessly in the nets on practice nights. Well respected in Junior Cricket, John was a key figure in forming the Ramsbottom Junior Foundation, developing many players including current 1st XI opening batsman Tom Parton.

  • Jon Fielding | Left arm orthodox spinner, Right handed batsman

    Jon Fielding

    Left arm orthodox spinner, Right handed batsman

    Experienced campaigner who returned to Ramsbottom after a number of years as Professional in the local leagues to captain the side and inspire them to many famous victories. Consistent wicket taker and dangerous lower order batsman. Nickname - Fieldo

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  • Rob Read |

    Rob Read

    Right handed batsman, occasional Net-bowler. Rob has played at the club all his life and is an integral part of the middle order line up. Rob is a positive player, excellent fielder and hoarder of sweets. A great man to have around the dressing room. Nickname - Bob

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  • Dale Gabriel | Right arm off spin bowler, left handed batsman

    Dale Gabriel

    Right arm off spin bowler, left handed batsman

    Dale is a very useful wicket taking bowler who has made significant contributions during our successful T20 campaigns. Dale is also a very useful lower order batsman who is not afraid to show his wide array of shot making capabilities once at the crease. Rumour is that he has applied for a patent for the reverse sweep! Nickname – Daz Gabs

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  • Mick Haslam | Left-Arm Seamer

    Mick Haslam

    Left-Arm Seamer

    Like a fine wine, Michael just seems to get better with age. The experienced campaigner seems to have a knack at getting opponents Professionals out. Bowls great lines that puts the fear of god into teams throughout the league and which is reflected in his tight economy rate. A Mr reliable in every sense! Nickname - Spider

  • Fraser Kay |

    Fraser Kay

  • Simon Read |

    Simon Read

    experienced middle order right hand bat who with a little more confidence could easily move up the order. Right arm medium pace seam bowler who is also able to swing the ball away from the right handed batsman. Has a great pair of hands.

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  • Jake Neary |

    Jake Neary

  • Callum Kay |

    Callum Kay

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  • Will Turner | Batsman

    Will Turner


    Has come through the ranks of the Junior Foundation and captains his age group for Lancashire. Made his senior debut last year at the old age of 12!. Is an opening batsman who will be looking to have a busy Summer with the bat. One for the present and future.

  • Johny Dack | Right handed batsman

    Johny Dack

    Right handed batsman

    Johny broke into the 1st XI during the 2013 season. An attacking batsman and certainly in the bracket of ‘One for the future’ A great fielder with pace that eats up the outfield and a very good pair of hands. Now needs to score big runs to push for a regular starting spot.

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  • Andy Whittle | Right handed batsman / right arm medium pace bowler

    Andy Whittle

    Right handed batsman / right arm medium pace bowler

    Andy is a versatile cricketer. A good solid batter who can adapt to any game situation and a steady wicket to wicket pace bowler. An erudite and popular leader of the third eleven in previous years, Andy has deservedly broken into the first team last season. Nickname – Mr Cricket and Whit

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  • Alex Olpin | Player

    Alex Olpin


    A regular in the 3rd Eleven for a number of years now - even though he is only eighteen! Will be given further opportunities in the seconds this season to develop his game at the top of the order. More than capable of getting big runs in the seconds. Will be looking to take his 3rd team form into Senior cricket. Awards Logan Trophy - 3XI Player of the Season - 2012

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  • Tom Booth | Player

    Tom Booth


  • Michael Howarth | 2nd XI Captain

    Michael Howarth

    2nd XI Captain

  • Brad Fielding | Batsman

    Brad Fielding


    Very much one for the future, Brad has a great technique and has been recognised with Lancashire Representative cricket in 2013. Will certainly be pushed in 2014 by the coaches at the club and will balance this out with donning the wicket-keeping gloves.

  • Martin Cropper | Wicket-keeper

    Martin Cropper