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Gareth Mathewson

 

It’s fair to say that Gareth Mathewson has crammed a lot into life. Along the way he has served in the South African Army, moving on to be a back-flipping, rib-cracking gymnast, serving as Darren Lunney’s personal psychiatrist and enduring the pain and anguish associated with employing Matthew Freeman.

A keen reader of classic fiction, Mathewson has had plenty of opportunity to enjoy some more contemporary fiction by reading Freeman’s always-creative sicknotes. The sheer happiness and relief he displayed recently after discovering that he would no longer be responsible for employing Freeman was the sort of emotional outburst usually shown by a death row inmate after gaining a last-minute reprieve.

Mathewson has made a big impression in his first season for Offley. His determined fielding and rustic batting have been useful additions to the team. Mathewson has plugged the gaps caused by some of the more imaginative fielders in the club and has made a number of fine catches, including a remarkable one-handed grab off his own bowling.

His batting suggests a slight tendency to favour the leg side but he is a brutally effective cutter of the ball.Needless to say the South African star has made his biggest impression with the ball, drawing favourable comparisons with Nicky Boje (not hard really) and supplanting Wayne Cutts as the preferred slow bowling option in the Saracens League. Mathewson has flourished with the ball in his hand, causing plenty of problems for batsmen with his left arm spin and regularly getting among the wickets.

Off the pitch Mathewson has made his mark with an impromptu lecture in psychiatry (a particularly useful exercise in opening up gaping wounds in variousindividuals’ self-esteem before rubbing salt into the wound) and has established a reputation as a talented drinker.