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Worlington batsman Graham Ford selects his top five team-mates from down the years




Graham Ford has been a regular fixture at the top end of the Worlington run-scoring charts for a number of seasons now.

He was part of the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One title-winning side of 2018, while also being a key player in the club’s recent runs in the National Village Cup.

But which of his team-mates have made the biggest impression down the years? Here, Ford picks his top five.

Haverhill v Worlington - Graham Ford bats for Worlington.Pic - Richard Marsham. (35073368)
Haverhill v Worlington - Graham Ford bats for Worlington.Pic - Richard Marsham. (35073368)

Richard Ford: My brother has to be number one. After years of begging him to come back to Worlington from Exning in 2010, he was able to rejuvenate a Division Three side back to the top of Division One.

He improved the playing standards and commitment levels at the club.

Ted – as he is known to us – was installed as captain from 2011-2019 and when fit is the best wicketkeeper/batsman in Suffolk.

CRICKET - Worlington (batting) v Matching Green in the first round of the National Village Cup...Pictured: Richard Ford ...PICTURE: Mecha Morton.... (35371417)
CRICKET - Worlington (batting) v Matching Green in the first round of the National Village Cup...Pictured: Richard Ford ...PICTURE: Mecha Morton.... (35371417)

Jimmy Watson: Jimmy joined Worlington in 2011. He is probably the most underrated and consistent player in Two Counties over the past 10 years with bat in hand.

How he has never been asked to play or even train with Suffolk is beyond me, especially when he is compared to some of the players that have represented the county over the years.

Known as the ‘Village Cup King’ in 2018, Jimmy has probably been Worlington’s MVP at the club over the last 10 years and makes batting look effortless.

Ziaf Kulasi: Zee joined in 2012 and is the most destructive batsman I have played with.

CRICKET - Worlington (Batting) v Woolpit (Bowling)..Pictured: Ziaf Kulasi...PICTURE: Mecha Morton.. (35073422)
CRICKET - Worlington (Batting) v Woolpit (Bowling)..Pictured: Ziaf Kulasi...PICTURE: Mecha Morton.. (35073422)

Since joining he has gone from an opening bowler to an opening batsman which shows the amount of ability he possesses.

Opening the batting with him from 2018 onwards has been a lot of fun because we complement each other’s styles very well.

A particular highlight was sharing the Two Counties League record partnership with him of 326 at Mistley in 2019. Hopefully many more partnerships and memories to come.

Craig Estlea: Esso joined along with Jimmy in 2011 and probably holds the most natural ability at the club.

Cricket action from Diss v Worlington, pictured is Craig Estlea in bat for Worlington and Lewis Taylor in wicket. ..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (35371420)
Cricket action from Diss v Worlington, pictured is Craig Estlea in bat for Worlington and Lewis Taylor in wicket. ..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (35371420)

He is player who can turn a game with bat and ball in a very short space of time.

A complete all-rounder who is one of the cleanest hitters of the balls I’ve seen and best fielder in Suffolk.

Some of the fielding antics he has carried out when luring opposition batters to take the second run is particularly entertaining, especially when clubs are unaware of him.

Mark Nunn: Nunny joined in 2018 as part of the Division One league champion side from Bury St Edmunds.

Hadleigh v Worlington - Mark Nunn bowls for Worlington.Pic - Richard Marsham. (35073470)
Hadleigh v Worlington - Mark Nunn bowls for Worlington.Pic - Richard Marsham. (35073470)

He was a player who was on our radar for a very long time and finally joined after a lot of nagging!

A huge asset, especially with the ball and a useful bat. Worlington were never short of batters but a quick strike bowler has always been hard to find.

He is a competitor who opposition bats fear when facing and along with his desire and commitment, it makes him a superb addition who has fitted in very well.

Close behind

Ford added: “Charlie Tunstall was also close to making the list and may make it in the future now he has rejoined the club – a terrific strike bowler.

My top five cricketers (click on name to view their list)

Michael Hugman, Paul Summerskill, Sean Cooper, Adrian Dellar, Josh Wells, Liam Bryant, Liam Botten, Ben Shepperson, Rob Thurley, Darren Batch


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