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Gary Chamberlain


Gary Chamberlain: Debut 2007

Considering that one or two of the weaker spirits within the Offley ranks would be prepared to cry off at the last moment before a game if they chipped a fingernail, Chamberlain’s commitment is extraordinary (apart from when he had to miss a game to “walk the dog”). After recovering from serious illness in 2008, Chamberlain has developed into a talented prospect. Although he has yet to encounter a delivery that he does not believe he can hit for a boundary, he has shown enough promise to earn a regular run in the side.

Chamberlain is a big hitter – he finished in fourth place in the 2009 Six Hitters League – and has the ability to clear any boundary. He also has the ability to perish in the attempt and has routinely followed up a crashing boundary by mowing across the line and having is stumps rearranged. He demonstrated his commitment – if not his sobriety – by opening the batting at Letchworth after doing his utmost to help celebrate the Saracens League win. Despite being unable to see in a straight line, Chamberlain had no qualms about taking on the quick bowlers and scored a buccaneering two runs before being dismissed. His maiden 50 is on the cards for 2010 and he has the potential to kick on and score consistently on a regular basis.

Although his bowling tends to err on the friendly side of tasty, he is an exceptional fielder and hurls himself about the outfield with reckless abandon. He also has very good hands – apart from against Stevenage when he engaged in a personal duel with Wayne Cutts to discover which one could shell the most opportunities (Cutts won 3-2, taking the honours on a technicality with a refusal).