kenny jackson

Player Profile # 24: Kenny Jackson (South Africa)

Kenny was born in Zambia but played most of his cricket for Boland and Western Province, and also represented the Netherlands.

In a career spanning 14 seasons he played 87 first-class matches, scoring over 4000 runs at 29 and taking 26 wickets at 26.15 with his medium-pacers, with a best of 5/42. In 114 List-A games, Kenny scored over 3000 runs at an average just under 30, with a century and 19 fifties.

Kenny was a pioneer of the “ramp” shot long before it became popular. He also happens to be the half-brother of Jonathan Trott.

Tony Clark

Player profile #23: Tony Clark (Australia)

Over a 36-year career, Tony has played an astonishing 450 games of first-grade cricket in Sydney – a level that is probably equivalent to first-class cricket in some countries.

He was still playing first grade as recently as 2016/17 and took 55 wickets in second-grade in 2017/18 at an average of 11.98 – showing he could easily still be playing at a higher level.

In the long and illustrious history of grade cricket in Sydney, no one has played more than Tony’s 636 games across all grades and only one player has played more than his 450 games of first grade.

Tony has taken 991 wickets and scored more than 11,700 runs across all grades. He is the all-time leading wicket-taker at first grade level for two different clubs (Sutherland (Glenn McGrath’s club) and Blacktown).

When he played a T20 with his son Ryan recently they became the first father/son combination in Sydney first grade since 1972.

Peter Escott (New Zealand) Over 50s world cup

Player Profile #22: Peter Escott (New Zealand)

Peter Escott is a middle-order batsman and medium-slow right-arm bowler who has played most of his club cricket for Takapuna CC.

Pete represented North Harbour when it started as an association playing in the U-Bix Cup competition and scored the first century for the province. He had two seasons with the Auckland 2nd XI before moving to Melbourne for work, where he played for St. Kilda CC (Shane Warne’s club).

Pete also had two summers in Gloucestershire, playing for Stroud CC in the Western league, where he made the league representative team. He has played indoor cricket for New Zealand and was a North Harbour field hockey representative.

In recent years, Pete has been a regular member of the Auckland Cavaliers side, as well as playing for Takapuna occasionally, and has devoted much of his time to coaching junior and school cricket.

He also played in both of New Zealand’s matches against Australia in February of 2018.