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Old Buckenham Cricket Club captain Rob Thurley picks out five of his best team-mates




After joining Old Buckenham seven years ago, Rob Thurley has gone on to become a club stalwart.

Last year, in what was his first season as captain, he guided the club to Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division One promotion following the previous campaign’s relegation.

He has lined up alongside a number of players down the years at the Horry Panks Cricket Ground, but which ones make his top five? Read on to find out.

Rob Thurley of Old Buckenham in bat during the Alliance Premier League match between Old Buckenham and Sprowston...Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (34315726)
Rob Thurley of Old Buckenham in bat during the Alliance Premier League match between Old Buckenham and Sprowston...Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (34315726)

Terry Perry: He was the one who got me to sign for Old Bucks back in 2013 and was captain up until last year when I took over.

He is Old Bucks through and through, a very tough competitor and a classy batsman who has scored thousands of runs for the club over the years.

On a personal level he has been a great help to my batting and since taking over the captaincy he has given me lots of help and advice from his years of experience.

Old Buckenham, Norfolk. Cricket action from Old Buckenham vs Fakenham - Old Buckenham in Bat - Terry Perry in Bat. (34315746)
Old Buckenham, Norfolk. Cricket action from Old Buckenham vs Fakenham - Old Buckenham in Bat - Terry Perry in Bat. (34315746)

Robbie Austin: The current chairman and another Old Bucks legend.

Even though he doesn’t play as much any more he would still get into every team in the league.

Whenever we needed a wicket or just to control the run rate, we could chuck him the ball and he would normally do both of these things.

He has also given me plenty of good advice over the years and is the nicest guy in Norfolk cricket!

Old Buckenham, Norfolk. Cricket action from Old Buckenham CC vs Cromer CC - Rob Austin Bowling for Old Buckenham. (34315777)
Old Buckenham, Norfolk. Cricket action from Old Buckenham CC vs Cromer CC - Rob Austin Bowling for Old Buckenham. (34315777)

Marcus Glenister: He was our Australian overseas player for two seasons and had a massive impact on the club, scoring hundreds of runs and taking wickets as well.

He is the best player I have played with since being at Old Bucks and was a great bloke to have around the changing room as well.

Andy Lawrence: He was at the club when I joined and we played together for a few seasons. After a couple of years away he has rejoined us for the upcoming season, which is a big boost.

A genuine match-winner with both bat and ball, and when at his best he is one of the top all-rounders in the league.

Diss, Norfolk. Cricket action from Old Buckingham vs Saxlingham - Andy Lawrence Batting for Old Buckenham. (34315812)
Diss, Norfolk. Cricket action from Old Buckingham vs Saxlingham - Andy Lawrence Batting for Old Buckenham. (34315812)

Matt Bint: A young opening batsman from the Terry Perry school of batting. He has been a very consistent performer ever since coming into the first team and is regularly at the top of the club's run charts.

He is a regular for Norfolk Lions and has made his full Norfolk debut already which shows the talent and potential he has.

Thurley added: “Honourable mentions must go to Glen Meredith, Chris Howes, Rob Goodwin and James Heaney

“They could have easily been on this list but I could only pick five!”

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