Adrian Bletchley

Adrian “we’re doomed” Bletchley

Picture the scene…

It is a Saturday in summer and DCC are closing in on a victory. Very few runs are needed and lots of wickets and overs are in hand. The following conversation can clearly be heard ….

Player X : “ the beer is going to taste good after this win”

Ade : “ mmmmm, we can still lose this”

Player X : “ no way Ade, this is in the bag”

Ade : “ seen us lose from here “

Player X : “ not this one “

Ade “ we’ll see “

We have all heard this conversation, many times. It is fair to say that Ade is not one of life’s optimists.

He made his DCC debut in 1991 ( squad number 17 ) and is still going strong. A solid, reliable and dependable man and cricketer. He is DCC through and through and the pessimism apart he is a captain’s delight. He will play for 1s or 2s, no questions asked. He will bat anywhere in the order, no questions asked. He will field where you want, no questions asked. Not an inquisitive man !!

250 matches, 2500 runs, 6 half centuries, 24 half century partnerships. Ade has made many worthwhile and match winning contributions over the years. Most of those runs will have been ground out when the team has been in trouble. Resolutely getting into line and presenting a defiantly straight bat is the Ade way and long may it last.  He will not throw his wicket away quickly or easily and it is always reassuring to see him walk out to the crease. Any rot that has set in will be stopped.

No trace can be found of Ade ever having bowled for the club.

Was club secretary for years but has now relinquished this role, although he is always happy to help out when asked.

Nowadays Ade derives most of his cricketing pleasure from playing with or watching his two sons play. Who can blame him?

If you ever find yourself in the garden of The Unicorn with Ade and he asks you to pass him his drink from the table, there will be no need to ask him which is his. Needless to say it will be the glass that is half empty.