Obscure Players That You Remember

PhatBoy

Brownlow Medallist
May 5, 2016
19,395
20,023
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Geelong
Richard Reid. Think he wore prescription sunnies while opening (poorly) at the 92 World Cup?

Edit: it was the year before against england and Australia in the World Series Cup
 

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Marlo Snellman
Apr 27, 2019
401
219
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Sydney
Richard Reid. Think he wore prescription sunnies while opening (poorly) at the 92 World Cup?

Edit: it was the year before against england and Australia in the World Series Cup
I don't remember many who wore glasses...

Big Clive of course... and Dirk Wellham... Sadly I don't remember Richard Reid.
 

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JackOutback

Brownlow Medallist
Sep 15, 2011
20,342
26,003
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West Coast
Matthew Nicholson.



Played for NSW and WA, got one test cap back in 1998.

He was quick but he was an arrogant f***head, ran into him once in a pub in Perth and I said "Hey Nicho" and he ignored me.

Then I said "You got one test cap you dickhead, you're not Glenn McGrath" and he ignored me again.
Wait, who are we saying is the dickhead in this story?
 

Plugger35

The umpires are always right!
Sep 27, 2008
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Interceptor

All Australian
Aug 20, 2009
665
192
London, UK
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Adelaide
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Norwood
Richard Stobo

Played a handful of Shield matches for NSW in the late 80s/early 90s as a medium-fast bowler.
Back then Nine Adelaide used to televise matches.
Memorable for Ashley Mallett's critical commentary saying something like "surely they [NSW] could have found someone better than this bloke".
 

corbies

Spec Moderator
Jul 31, 2010
4,186
5,892
Newcastle
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Richard Stobo

Played a handful of Shield matches for NSW in the late 80s/early 90s as a medium-fast bowler.
Back then Nine Adelaide used to televise matches.
Memorable for Ashley Mallett's critical commentary saying something like "surely they [NSW] could have found someone better than this bloke".
His son Charlie has played a couple of games for NSW recently.
 

ioppolo

Brownlow Medallist
Oct 3, 2010
22,452
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Perth
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West Coast
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the universal

Norm Smith Medallist
Jun 20, 2015
6,613
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Adelaide
Maybe not an obscure player, but my all time favourite cricketer is Thilan Samaraweera. Really loved watching him at the crease and a very smart cricketer.
I'd certainly count him as pretty obscure for a cricketer with 14 centuries and a 48 batting average - and who only played his last Test 8 years ago. Just doesn't get mentioned very much at all.
 

The Passenger

Mr. Mojo Risin'
Mar 25, 2003
30,877
18,078
Hasa Diga Eebowai
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West Coast
I'd certainly count him as pretty obscure for a cricketer with 14 centuries and a 48 batting average - and who only played his last Test 8 years ago. Just doesn't get mentioned very much at all.
His average was up around 55 after about 50 or 60 tests as well. He performed terribly against Australia, so that contributed to his anonymity in these parts.

Obviously overshadowed by Sangakarra and Jayawardene, but there was a period there were he was every bit as good as them.

He is lucky to be alive after the attack on Sri Lanka's team bus.
 

Ishikawa

Club Legend
Jul 18, 2018
1,248
1,283
AFL Club
Port Adelaide
Maybe not an obscure player, but my all time favourite cricketer is Thilan Samaraweera. Really loved watching him at the crease and a very smart cricketer.
If I recall correctly, he initially started off in the test side predominantly as a spinner, but over time developed into a very reliable test batsman who could really capitalise with some huge scores. How badly they could use him now (series win in South Africa notwithstanding)!
 

big_e

Norm Smith Medallist
Apr 28, 2008
5,456
14,623
Your Wi-Fi
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North Melbourne
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Too early for me to remember them, per se, but a couple of good ones from this game, 82-3 WSC - stumbled across it on Twitter.

Currently batting is Trevor Jesty, and next man in is Ian Gould, better known now an umpire.


Incidentally, anyone hazard a guess who is keeping for Australia?
 

Hamingja

Brownlow Medallist
May 20, 2014
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Geelong
I was reading an article on the CA site about the A tour to the UK and they were talking about Wade absolutely smoking them in the nets and the person doing the throwdowns was Shane McDermott. He was in the Tassie squad and I think went to SA after but looking at his cricinfo profile he didn't play first XI for either state.

State Rookie Contract 2002-2003

Luke BUTTERWORTH
Brett GEEVES
Ben HILFENHAUS
Shane MCDERMOTT
Tim PAINE

Not a bad year for rookies in Tasmania given usually you would never hear from them again.
 
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May 24, 2006
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I was reading an article on the CA site about the A tour to the UK and they were talking about Wade absolutely smoking them in the nets and the person doing the throwdowns was Shane McDermott. He was in the Tassie squad and I think went to SA after but looking at his cricinfo profile he didn't play first XI for either state.

State Rookie Contract 2002-2003

Luke BUTTERWORTH
Brett GEEVES
Ben HILFENHAUS
Shane MCDERMOTT
Tim PAINE

Not a bad year for rookies in Tasmania given usually you would never hear from them again.
Butterworth and McDermott are both coaching at the Redbacks now
 

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