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  PLAYER PROFILE
A. HOPWOOD
Andy Hopwood b. ........................Hoppy.
active 2011-present
Andy, since joining the club to play cricket with his son in 2011, has very quickly become a key member of Endon C.C., putting in appearances for all the senior teams and recently taking over the very important junior development role of Sunday team captain. Andy Hopwood on Playcricket

RIGHT-HAND BAT

MEDIUM-PACE BOWLER

ACHIEVEMENTS WITH THE CLUB

Hoppy established himself at the club playing in Sunday friendlies scoring an unbeaten century in his third appearance. He played half the 2012 season in the first team, and was an important element in Alex Bailey's promotion side representing an experienced hand when one was called for. His contribution in that year was all the more laudable because of an eleven year absence from the game prior to his late renaissance. He is a great example to older players displaying a determination in the field and resolute attitude to keeping in shape.

As the new captain of the Sunday team in 2013 playing its inaugural year in the lower reaches of the Stone League he has a very important role to play in establishing a developmental platform for newly emergent junior players while at the same time sustaining a first-year promotional challenge.

Andy was indeed responsible for getting his outfit in a higher league where he expects to increase the depth of experience for both the younger and older members of his improving side.

In 2013 Andy was handed the Chairman's Award for Captaincy and Junior Development and, as part of a very successful year for him, he topped the club's batting average with a very impressive 35.15 runs. 2013's magic moment, however, was when he partnered his son Brad in a record-breaking stand of 191 - both players not out.

 

SERVICE TO THE CLUB

Andy spent most of his eleven years out of the game working in Academy football for a number of professional clubs – coaching teams in academy leagues as well as in international tournaments in Europe and Scandinavia. This experience has allowed him to bring high levels of expertise regarding the physical conditioning of players in the club. The work he does on balance has witnessed some almost balletic sessions at the club. In his time at the club Andy has played a major part in junior development.

3rd Team Captain and Junior development specialist

 

ACHIEVEMENTS WITH OTHER CLUBS

Before his break from the game Andy had previously played for the now defunct Cegelec C.C. where he played alongside the likes of Ticker Johnson, Ken Hancock, Richard White and Tim Brookes to name but a few. He collected a few League and Cup medals along the way.

BATTING:

TOP SCORE: 107* vs Hanford 2011 Friendly

BEST AVERAGE: 24.73 in 2012

MOST CATCHES IN A SEASON: 10 in 2008

BOWLING :

BEST PERFORMANCE: 4 for 30 for Burslem against Newcastle in the Stone league

BEST AVERAGE: 26.11 in 2008

MOST WICKETS IN A SEASON: 9 in 2008

 

MOST ADMIRED OPPONENTS

Paul Taylor (Left arm quickie who played for Derbyshire, Northants & England)

FAVOURITE PLACE TO PLAY

Apart from the beauty of Endon – it has to be Checkley – good track and big ground for lots of running around

TRIBUTES: If you would like to leave a tribute to Andy here please send it to: jonnyweston@hotmail.com

TEAM MATE REVIEW:
MOST CAMP: Dan Bailey by a country mile
BIGGEST MOANER: A close call between Phil Rowley and Alex Gilson
BEST TEAM MATE: Phil Rowley (Because no one else will pick him)
SMELLEY BANTER: Tommy Latham
HARDEST TO KEEP WICKET TO: Tom Nadin – it's those balls speared at the square leg umpire
LONGEST TO GET READY: Mickey Dawson – it is all those bandages (Mummy)
SICKNOTE: Rigger – signed a year ago, missed an entire season with a sore knee but still almost as many runs as Tommy L
WORST AT WARM-UPS: Gilson if he makes it on time, its half-hearted
SURPRISING AT WARM UP’S: Giddy - he puts in the effort
LONGEST RUN UP: Thom Bateman –it’s not that it’s long it just takes him an age to reach the stumps
MOST EXCUSES: Gilson – about everything
WORST CHANGING ROOM ETIQUETTE: Nathan Price – just picks this spot even if someone is already there