Barry Toombs


Retired from playing in 1998 through injury and immediately successfully completed basic umpire’s course and started umpiring in the summer of 1999. Initially in the Two Counties League (Suffolk and North Essex) and, following a house move, joined the Norfolk Association of Cricket Officials in 2007. Has officiated at County 2nd XI and Minor Counties standards and is still currently on the East Anglian Premier League list where he’s umpired since 2003. From 2007 – 2014 was the Umpires’ Representative for the league. Between 2012 and 2014 was the Chairman of the ECB ACO London and East region. Once gave Mike Gatting out ‘LBW’ in an exhibition game. Mike said as he walked off the field “They’re here to see me, not you!” Good job he knows him quite well!


Maggie Boyden


Rosy red cheeks and straw in her hair but looks can be deceptive. From rural Shropshire, really she is a hired assassin with HMRC and strikes fear everywhere. Her pen is quick, but her tongue is even sharper. Fortunately for Shropshire cricketers, it is an impecunious county, where even the accountants are poor and the only people with money have already left the county. England cricketers will need to be vigilant to safeguard themselves! Scored for many years for her home village team near Shrewsbury then plucked from obscurity to be the Shropshire 60+ official scorer by a well-meaning, but gullible captain. Her wit can land her in trouble, and her teammates have offered her for sale on many occasions, but despite one tentative nibble, no county has even completed due diligence. Earlier in her life, she regularly had a stick in her hand, either playing cricket, or representing Shropshire at hockey. Many crippled hockey players can testify that she was just as dangerous then!


Andrew Clarke



Born in Bognor Regis, Sussex and played early cricket for Middleton –on –Sea, Sussex Martlets and a few times for Duke of Norfolk’s XI. Moved to Shropshire in 1975 and played for Oswestry, a Shropshire League XI and OSCC. Has been, at one time or another Treasurer, Secretary, Chairman and President of Oswestry CC. Now the administrator for Shropshire Seniors and played many years for the 50+ and 60+. Taken part in a number of overseas tours with Shropshire Seniors including the West Indies, Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Wales, usually without the current Mrs Clarke of 43 years. One of his son’s featured in an article by Gideon Haigh in The Cricketer about his time playing cricket in Melbourne. Partner in a firm of chartered accountants, Morris Cook. Claim to fame – whilst at school was introduced to and shook hands with SF Barnes.


Murphy Walwyn



Arrived in England as a 14 year old in August 1970 from the Leeward Island of Nevis in the Caribbean. Played most of his cricket in the Bradford League for East Brierley and Woodlands. Made his debut for East Brierley alongside Roy Gilchrist and has also played with Collis King. He is one of only two players who has taken 10 wickets twice in the history of the Bradford League. Holds the record for the most appearances in the Priestley Cup Final (thirteen times) and played at Lords in the National Village Cup in 1979. Won the Bradford League fastest 50 eight times and also holds the record for scoring 50 in only fourteen minutes.


Ryland Wallace


Born and brought up in Crickhowell, south Wales, where he still lives. Educated at Aberystwyth University, a former history teacher. A wicketkeeper and left hand batsman, played most of his cricket for Abergavenny CC but has now returned to his home club. After a decade representing Wales 50+, Ryland is the current captain of Wales 60+ – or the ‘Dinosaur Dragons’, as his seven year old grandson calls the team. Son, Mark, has played regular county cricket for Glamorgan since 2001. Claim to fame: was dismissed ‘timed out’ in a Three Counties League 1st XI match in 1984, playing for Abergavenny against Hatherley and Reddings CC – and has moved swiftly to the crease ever since!


Rupert Staple


Grew up in West Indies and cricket as a batsman was first choice sport. Moved to London 1974 and began playing other sports including boxing. 1979 South East heavyweight champion. Played football but didn’t like the weather so began cricket again. Attended Alf Gover cricket school and took up bowling practicing 6/7 hours per week bowling to Richards, Greenidge, Roope and John Edrich. Bowling hero is Richard Hadlee. Joined Hayes Kent in 1980 for 9 seasons then moved to Bromley, Blackheath, Racks and High Halstow. Leading Kent league wicket taker of all time. Member of MCC, played for Club Cricket Conference on tour of Australia. Enjoy coaching, and playing 50+ cricket and now 60+. Always believes in training and practicing hard if you are to achieve success.


Mike Stafford


Born Bridgetown Barbados in 1953 and emigrated to England 1970. Has worked in the NHS for 43 years in psychiatry. Played 1st XI cricket from 1979 to 2013 representing Uxbridge, Shepherds Bush, Southgate and Beaconsfield. Winners of the Thames Valley League with Uxbridge and won batsman of year. Represented TVL and was in the XI who won the inter league competition. Middlesex 2nd eleven 1989, Captain of Uxbridge CC 91 to 93. Middlesex Cup Winners and MOM 1991. Opened batting with Andrew Strauss 1991/2, Represented Club Cricket Conference. Winners of National 50+ competition 2010, MOM (117no and 4 for 36). Golf on the side – handicap 20 but could be better!


Trevor Shales


Born Great Yarmouth and made debut in adult cricket at age 11! Joined Great Yarmouth CC at 14 and quickly elevated to first XI after taking 7-30 in second XI match. After college joined Frinton CC playing against the likes of John Lever, Mike Denness and Neil Foster. Became involved in coaching at Essex learning from Graham Napier and James Foster. Played for Essex Club and Ground 1996-2000 and captained Brightlingsea CC for six years. Won Dorset Premier League with Broadstone CC 2013. Won Norfolk League Div 1 with Gt Yarmouth CC. Heavily involved in Chance to Shine programme since its inception. Filled various coaching roles with Essex CCC, Dorset CB as well as Norfolk CB. International debut at 60+ in Barbados last winter which was drawn 1-1, played in the winning test last summer against Australia 2015. Committee member at his club, Great Yarmouth CC in Norfolk.


Bob Plowman


Retired and living in Bedfordshire with wife Margaret. Three sons spread around the world with four grandchildren. Worked for MOD for 31 years in Wind Tunnels and Flight Simulators, two years with Formula 1 racing team and 11 years for the Railways. Played club cricket in the Northants County League, represented Bedfordshire at junior levels and Minor Counties until 2000 and then 50+ and 60+. Originally right arm fast opening bowler now off-breaks. Left hand middle to lower order batsman. Twenty Five years playing for MOD against Civil Service teams and represented the Combined Civil Service. Trialled for Northants CC with Wayne Larkins and was offered chance in professional cricket but declined in the Packer era.


David Pegg


Played in the Northants County league for Kettering, Wellingborough, Great Oakley and Rushton Cricket Clubs and for Old Eastonians CC in the Huntingdonshire league. Opening bowler who represented Northants County League XL during his time at Kettering Cricket Club. Previously played cricket for Northants Police and the Midland Regional Police side. A Level 2 coach, managed/coached the county youth teams from 11-15 years age group. Has played cricket for touring parties in Sri Lanka, South Africa and the West Indies. Represented England 60+ in the West Indies in 2015. He took Level 2 coaching badge with England fast bowler Devon Malcolm, he passed and Devon failed!