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Name: JOHN PRIOR
Weight: 12 stone 13lbs
Nickname: Foxy or The fox
Batsman? Bowler? Keeper? None of the above? Something else : Average all-round incompetence - with a bias in favour of slow bowling with pretensions to occasional leg-spin
Batting style? Well... I tend to drive on the occasions I make contact, BUT 'FLAILING' would about sum it up I guess
General cricketing style? Ageing colonial ?
Previous Teams played for? Age 11 - Llandaff Cathedral School 2nd XI (Capt)
Age 19 - Sharpe & Fisher Ltd (Cheltenham) works team
(drifted away from cricket in the hippy left-wing years, when it seemed a middle-class irrelevance.....then ...)
Age 52 - Treganna (Willow League)
Before being drawn into the birth of the Casuals by Easy Ryder
How long have you been (a) casual? Since the off -
Number of games played for the Casuals? Ask Stato - a true casual doesn't remember such details.
What you bring to the Casuals team? Scoreboards, ball-scoops, strawberry teas, pedantic minutes, and the defence of our constitution.
Who is your Doppleganger? Well, when I was 11 it was Trevor Bailey and / or Cyril Washbrook
Favourite food? Ryvita and marmite - Organic lamb chops, Strawberries with cream and much sugar
Favourite music? pass - I'm a bit of a folkie at heart
Favourite film? Bambi (Scared the pants off me twice before age 10)
Other hobbies? (Wanking is not a hobby!) Oh well...if you're making rules !
What was your last DVD / CD purchase?

"Under American Skies" (Tom Paxton & Annie Hills) and "Spark" by a great little two-woman son-writing duo based in Machynlleth called "Ember"

What 3 people would you most like to invite to a dinner party?: Well , you and Emma, of course, Goughy - with perhaps Germaine Greer along to slap you each time you said 'c*nt'
Ideal Woman? I'm a man approaching his 40th wedding anniversary (27th August). what can I say ?
Age you started playing the glorious game? About 10 - in the playground of the Cathedral school. I was a scholarship Cathedral Chorister which meant we had to live in - even though I only lived ¼ mile from the school. Apart from when we had proper school games (Wednesday and Saturday afternoons), We'd pick up sides on Friday nights taking the identities of English and Touring sides and play all weekend - stopping only for meals and choir practices. We had wickets painted on the gym wall and used a tennis ball. We only ever played double-innings games. there was no other format.
I have a photo of myself in shorts, with a bat in my hand, a pad just on my left leg, my cap askew - looking pathetic.. And I remember being confident that I looked just like my doppelganger - England's very stylish No 3 batsman, Cyril Washbrook !
I've lived with such illusions all my life !
Best performance? Scoring 40 against Barry Wanderers - driving Mike Ashton over his head for successive 4s was better than most sex !
Favourite game played? See above
Favourite venue played …ever? 1) COWBRIDGE - with an outfield like a billiard table
2) PUMPSAINT - never mind the wicket like a bath sponge ... When we get a hot day in that valley with sheep bleating and a couple of buzzards floating round in the thermals and so quiet you can chat from one boundary to the other. that's the Zen of Casuals / Village cricket for me - what a shame their team has fallen apart.
Cricketer you most admire and why? I was a big fan of Don Shepherd of Glamorgan, who evolved from a pace bowler to the finest offie never to have played for England (they said) Good example for Andy Hood there
Casual cricketer you most admire and why? Well.. Modesty forbids....
Funniest moment on the Casuals field? Steve-o's double appeal to a poor inoffensive umpire.Howzat ! (then turning round and advancing on him) HOWZAAAAT!It wasn't given
Favourite tour moment? Too numerous to mention
Favourite Tea had as a casual? (Home or Away) I think vs Sri Lankans when their ladies took us up on my "Strategic Use of Tea" theory
I like playing for the casuals because………. I get to play
I hate playing for the casuals because………… I don't hate playing for the casuals
If I didn’t play so much cricket I’d be………. Home on Sundays - saying 'Yes Dear, whatever you say, Dear'
Did you know…. Foxy is (as one can guess from above) advancing in years, however he still plays with the enthusiasm of a much younger man. Why is this you may ask? Its simple really - Foxy is part of a NASA programme where he is Kryogenically frozen overnight to preserve his state. He is of course allowed out to play cricket, watch theatre and go to his shed to built another 'useful' casual adornement.

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