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Burwell & Exning Cricket Club's Paul Summerskill picks the best of his team-mates from down the years




Paul Summerskill is now based in Dubai, but his association with Burwell – and post-merger Burwell & Exning – Cricket Club dates back more than 20 years.

The wicketkeeper, who has also made a number of appearances for Cambridgeshire, even turned out for the East Anglian Premier League side for a short spell last summer when he returned home.

But which players have made the biggest impression on him down the years? Here’s five who made the cut.

Cricket: Burwell v Bury St Edmunds..Paul Summerskill Burwell batsman celebrates 100..Picture Mark Westley. (34625658)
Cricket: Burwell v Bury St Edmunds..Paul Summerskill Burwell batsman celebrates 100..Picture Mark Westley. (34625658)

Mark Bissett: I thought I would start with the person that gave me my debut for Burwell first team back in 2007.

Bungle – as he is better known – was a very under-rated cricketer in my opinion.

It didn’t help that our side was littered with great players like Adam Huckle, James Ross Craig and Paul Redfarn – to only name a few – so he perhaps went a little bit under the radar.

Newmarket Journal - 6th June 2009....Burwell Cricket Team...(Back L-R)Laura Redfarn, Grant Flower, Frazer Crawford, Alan Nash, Mark Bissett, Daniel Jones, Paul Redfarn, (Front L-R)Adam Huckle, Paul Summerskill, Andy Knight, James Craige and Merrick Fuller.....Pic - Richard Marsham. (34643202)
Newmarket Journal - 6th June 2009....Burwell Cricket Team...(Back L-R)Laura Redfarn, Grant Flower, Frazer Crawford, Alan Nash, Mark Bissett, Daniel Jones, Paul Redfarn, (Front L-R)Adam Huckle, Paul Summerskill, Andy Knight, James Craige and Merrick Fuller.....Pic - Richard Marsham. (34643202)

He seemed to have a knack of getting the opposition’s professional out on a regular occurrence.

It’s a shame he doesn’t still play as I’d love to see how slow he’d bowl now!

Grant Flower: Speaking of professional players, Grant doesn’t need much introduction.

With more than 300 international games under his belt, you can imagine my nerves being in the same changing room at 15 years old.

Grant Flower on his way back to the pavilion after being dismissed during the Wisbech Burwell game on Saturday.. (34625680)
Grant Flower on his way back to the pavilion after being dismissed during the Wisbech Burwell game on Saturday.. (34625680)

I really didn’t need to worry, he was an absolute gentleman and by far the best cricketer I have played with or against. He transformed Burwell’s ‘village’ mentality into a Premier League club with his professionalism.

Tom Williams: Tom is not only my longest cricket friend but a very good mate off the pitch as well.

From 10-year-olds at Mingay Park to travelling all over the country playing county cricket, we have spent weeks of our lives together on a cricket field.

I have played cricket all over the world and with lots of players, but Tom has the best set of hands I have played with; he could catch pigeons.

CRICKET - Woolpit (Fielding) and Burwell (Batting)..Pictured: Tom Williams batting. (34625711)
CRICKET - Woolpit (Fielding) and Burwell (Batting)..Pictured: Tom Williams batting. (34625711)

Great competitor, match winner and a complete fruit loop!

Paul McMahon: Macca completely changed my experience of Minor Counties Cricket from when he took over as captain.

A bit like Grant, I think his first-class experience filtered down to us club cricketers, allowing us to fulfil what potential we had.

Paul is easily the most intelligent cricket brain I have played with, to the point I thought he was mad!

CRICKET: Burwell & Exning v NorwichPaul Summerskill Picture Mark Westley. (34643271)
CRICKET: Burwell & Exning v NorwichPaul Summerskill Picture Mark Westley. (34643271)

In the years he was captain we won the Eastern Division twice and did so with some great nights out.

I could have picked a few of my Minor Counties team-mates in this list over the years but he was the person that got Cambridgeshire winning again.

Gareth and Chris Summerskill: I know I am only allowed one more but I could not leave either of these two out.

I only started the sport because Gareth played so I owe him for all the wasted days most weekends!

Godolphin v Fordham cricket..Chris Summerskill..Picture Mark Westley. (34643759)
Godolphin v Fordham cricket..Chris Summerskill..Picture Mark Westley. (34643759)

Although I have only been team-mates with the boys a small amount of times in adult cricket, the early days in the garden of two versus one without a doubt helped the competitive edge for us.

It led to lots of broken bats, smashed windows and garden fights! Not forgetting that they are both very handy cricketers.

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

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


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