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Young Player of the Year 2005

Nathan Brodie

Brodie made his debut in 2003 and displayed some promise as the team battled to secure promotion in the Millman League over the closing weeks of the season.

Having initially displayed a propensity to swipe across the line at everything, Brodie settled down to play some more technically correct innings. Since then he has developed into one of the most complete players in the club, flourishing with bat and ball and never short of a word of encouragement (or abuse) for his teammates in the field.

After a rocky start to last summer with the bat he played a number of fine innings. Despite throwing away a maiden century by running himself out at New City, he showed the ability to play important innings and take the attack to opposing bowlers at any stage of the innings. The odd over-impetuous shot brought his downfall at times but generally his performances with the bat were enough to earn him the Young Player of the Year, 2005 award.

In addition to his batting Brodie also showed immense promise as a bowler. Despite being reluctant at times to turn his arm over he offered a useful option with his left arm seamers and caused no little trouble for batsmen.

However, his value to the team was perhaps best demonstrated in the field where he displayed great enthusiasm and commitment – and importantly, ability – in stemming the flow of runs as the bowlers served up their customary blend of long hops and half volleys. Brodie took a number of sharp chances (he also dropped a relative sitter on the boundary following a lecture on how he never dropped anything) and prevented any number of boundaries with his fielding. An example to the likes of Bexfield and Freeman in the field, Brodie overcame numerous pints of Stella Artois, threats to retire or play somewhere else to enjoy an excellent season in 2005.