In the second in the series of profiles revealing what and who makes us enjoy playing or watching cricket, it’s the turn of Club President and all-round club legend Steve Brandes who gives us his memories and thoughts on the game we love.
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Name: Steve Brandes
Nickname(s): Brandy, Old Bloke, Old Man Withers.
What sparked your interest in cricket: My Dad taking me to The Oval in the early 60s to watch the West Indian tourists play Surrey.
Do you prefer the T20, 50-over, county or Test format of the game: Always Test cricket.
Cricketing hero: Ian Botham.
Favourite current (professional) player: Ben Stokes.
Most admired/best player you have played with: Dominic Newman.
Most formidable opponent: Dennis Cryer, a brilliant leggie from Hungerford.
Who would you most like to be isolated with from Calmore Sports – and who wouldn’t you: Would – Donny of course. Wouldn’t – Dominic Newman!
Favourite away ground: South Wilts.
Favourite/most memorable match you’ve played in: Semi-final of the Southern League knockout v Bournemouth, my only appearance at the County Ground, Northlands Road even though we got hammered.
Personal highlight/champagne moment: My 100 run partnership with Cassy for the last wicket v Gosport Borough to win the match off the last ball.
Funniest moment/s in cricket: Gragey streaking in only a pair of ladies tights after beating United Services at Burnaby Road.
Best way to relax after the game: Beers at the club, still in whites, two hours after the game.
Do/did you have any cricketing superstitions: None – just a lot of fags!
What will you miss most in cricket during this enforced break: All the lads and the craic at the club.
Is there anything you’d change about the game: Abolish the 100.
If you could invite 3 cricketing celebrities (players, presenters, commentators) round for dinner, who would they be and why: Martin (Big Basil) Newman, Chick Chandler and Roy Matthews – all former Calmore players. Not much sense would be talked but you’d never stop laughing!!!