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Carl Clair


Carl Clair: Debut 2008

Offley struck gold with their internet advert when they recruited the Jamaican fast bowler. Striding into the crease with a smooth, silken run-up reminiscent of Curtly Ambrose, Clair has the ability to put the fear of God into any batsman he comes up against. One of Offley’s oldest rivals decided that the best place to play Clair at Crawley Green was from a position somewhere close to the sanctuary offered by the square leg umpire.

Unfortunately Clair also demonstrated the ability to put the fear of God into first slip, often spraying the ball around with abandon and posing an equal threat to stumps and close fielders. After a bright start in 2008 he was plagued by injuries in 2009 but clearly has the potential to improve on the 28 wickets he has thus far taken for the club.

Despite making his mark as a fast bowler, Clair has also enjoyed some fine performances with the bat. He scored 48 at Breachwood Green in his debut season to set up an improbable victory and followed that up with 70 at Caddington in 2009. Rarely one to concern himself with defensive shots, Clair has proved ever-willing to die for the cause and invariably threatens to swing himself off his feet as he routinely looks to clear the ropes.