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Name: STEVE (FISHER) O'REILLY
Weight: getting on the jolly side
Nickname: steve o… and some less polite ones
Batsman? Bowler? Keeper? None of the above? Something else : Yes! Yes! Yes! & Yes!
Batting style? Certainly not
General cricketing style? Intermittent. Casual. Sometimes deft, more often daft.
Previous Teams played for? Don't be silly
How long have you been (a) casual? Errr…errrr… 1997 – I think, so that’s …. Oh my god 14 years? Really? And I’m still no better?
Number of games played for the Casuals? Not enough – at least 250
What you bring to the Casuals team? My eldest boy Brychan (though not as often as I used to now that he can say no and is too big to lift into the car against his will!) ; I also bring a sense of light hearted wit (often when batting) and a steely determination, as demonstrated when I managed to still scream at the oppo captain despite having completely lost my voice (I just stood very very close to him)
Who is your Doppleganger? Well, sadly its become Karl Marx, the lesser known Marx brother
Hobbies? cricket…drinking beer… in conjunction whenever possible. And watching the Aussies get stomped on in the Ashes!!!!
Favourite food? No. I don’t discriminate
Favourite music? No
Favourite film?

Very moved by ‘Ghandi’ as a teen. Also Bambi when slightly younger. French Cinema in general, Tarrantino, Spike Lee, such classics as The Great Escape, Papillion, the entire oeuvre of Rock Hudson & Doris Day; Bing Crosby and Bob Hope; Laurel and Hardy; most things with John Wayne…

Other hobbies? I spend a good deal of my spare time caring for a group of itinerant children who hang around the place where I live. I work hard to raise funds to help feed and clothe these poor unfortunates, and in return all I ask is that they occasionally wash my car, which so far they are still refusing to do…
What was your last DVD / CD purchase? Rebecca Ferguson from X factor of course
What 3 people would you most like to invite to a dinner party?: Me Myself I
Ideal Woman? Debra, mother of my children (well saved Steveo)
Age you started playing the glorious game? 14 years ago so … 22?
Best performance? I played a serial killer once in "a mind to kill", then there was my one-man show; I was highly praised for my Rudolph (the red nosed reindeer); I was an insane twirler (that's Dancer to you) with Rob Downey JR in the film RESTORATION (also starring meg ryan, who was a bit distant I have to say), most recently appeared in a giant Christmas pudding with Dominic Little off the Telly … oh, and I scored a flukey fifty (twice).
Favourite game played? TWISTER, followed by CRICKET (not literally. Not with you boys anyway.) Oh… I see. Beating Sully twice in 2010 ?
Favourite venue played …ever? Sully hosp always good
Cricketer you most admire and why? Monty Panasar, cos he’s funny
Casual cricketer you most admire and why?

The tenacious Fox (he'll never give up! At least, not while Boots still have supplies)

Paul "Flipper" Stephens -named not only for his charmingly honest 'special' delivery that pops up every now and then, but also for his uncanny likeness to those peaceful angels of the sea, the Dolphins - so trusting, tranquil and full of repose, even in adversity.

His rotund magnificence, the lord mayor Sir Mark Stephens, his hands cruelly weakened from years of wringing out exquisite wristy shots and bone shattering spin bowling beyond compare.

Elvis, aka junior, little furnham (shurley shome mishtake) the spielberg of the team, or rather the Ron Jeremy? Ever the determined team player, he always goes for his shots, no matter how hard it is to hold the camera still when running after attractive joggers. We are but the readers wives of the willow league in his capable hands as he films our every move and sometimes some cricket.

MUFF. Much missed during his long summer holidays abroad (!) - not so missed when he is hanging around all the time; a truly casual player, and bringing much needed machismo to the team when appearing on his Motor Bike (take note cyclists). Shame he's not taller.

J.P. Furnham … john 'pisser' furnham, fond of urinating (p is also for Pernod, which exacerbates the other problem) from the waist down he is every inch the young talented triple jump athlete: above the waist he is a pie mountain, but he still runs faster than me!

I like them all actually, but I can’t be bothered to come up with any more funny descriptions…

Funniest moment on the Casuals field?

Its all hilarious. No really

Favourite tour moment? First Lady Di joke. Rob waking up in the bath (or was that me?). playing the fruit machine and getting cherries. Rob puking on the cats -do I remember that right? Losing my bottle of beer in jeff's bed… I think it was jeff. Giggling in the bushes as paul shouts "I know you’re out there" aware that the entire shrubbery was shaking. The hose pipe. Muff getting slapped. Muff (and Goughy) getting his ‘bottom’ pinched by hairy farmer.
Worst Moments waking to hear/see JP using the facilities (the bin) in the bedroom.
Watching the rain, playing Golf in the rain, then driving home in the rain
Favourite Tea had as a casual? (Home or Away) Quantity and Quality are my only guides
I like playing for the casuals because………. They let me
I hate playing for the casuals because………… every game is one game nearer the end off the season
If I didn’t play so much cricket I’d be………. I'm sorry, I don't understand the question
Interesting fact……. Steve O is a fine and versatile character actor, appearing in many plays, television series and recently he has found his niche in adverts. He can be seen as third shopper on the right in a tesco advert and is also one of the amazed bystanders on the classic Babybell advert. Don't recognise him yet? Well you will when I tell you that he has proudly been, since 2003 the face of 'Anusol'.
   
 

Steveo has made his 'mark' on many a player in the team - the following poem was written by a former skipper during the season of '06:

It's not about the games you're picked for
But rather the ones you're not
The majority think they play enough
One feels he's been left to rot

Who the Casz that could feel this way
I hear the team cry out loud
Well read on my dear Casz
As he would stand out (& be heard) in any crowd

He has plenty to say as he isn't shy
this curly haired dirty rascal
Another clue if you need one
is that he hails from the Elephant & Castle

He hits hard and he hits it long
with his trusty plank of wood
Imagine what his average would be
if only the straight hit he could

I remember once at Clytha
four sixes did he blast
But at the beginning of the over
bets were taken on how many balls he'd last

Many moons ago at St Mellons
whist on the pitch without a bat
This player claimed a wicket
with the loudest ever recorded HOWAZAAAAAAAAAT ?

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