All-rounder Ben Fisher has announced that he is to depart Calmore Sports after four years with the club as he moves to London for work following his ending of his studies at Oxford University.
Fish, who joined us from South Wilts ahead of the truncated Covid-hit 2020 season played 45 Southern Premier League and Cup games for the club.
He leaves us having scored 766 runs at 27.35 average with two fifties – 51* v Sarisbury Athletic in 2022 (pictured) and 50 at Hook and Newnham in 2023 and claimed 52 wickets at a fine average of 20.03, ensuring he is forever mortalised on the honours board with two five-wicket hauls at Sparsholt (5-34) and Sarisbury (5-37) in 2022.
He was just one of eight players to take 50 wickets in the last four seasons for the club and one of 10 players to score over 750 runs in that time. A very correct player – he never hit a six for the first XI!
Cruelly denied to be able to play in the two National Village Cup campaigns in 2021 and 2022 due to him being a first-class cricketer – having played in the last ever ‘first-class’ Oxford v Cambridge University fixture in 2020, where he took five wickets and scored 23 runs, he was still a key member of the 1st team that finished third in SPCL Division 1 in each of the three full seasons he had with the club.
We caught up with Fish following the last game of the season at Sarisbury Athletic where he admitted that is was a decision he didn’t want to make.
Thank you Fish for all of your efforts for Calmore over the last four years and you will always be hugely welcome back at Loperwood Park anytime.