18 WestonCreekCricketClub CHRIS AKERS The sort of player every team should have. With an unorthodox approach to batting, Chris has been the saviour of many a game. Since joining the Club in 1989, he has made over 1800 runs which included a century and many scores of over 50. A silent supporter of the Club, his poultry business is one of the Club's major sponsors. Due to business pressures he missed the last tour but this is one tour he has vowed to enjoy off and on the field. A tremendous team man, he is on the right side of forty - just. KEN ANDERSON A hard hitting early order batsman, Ken is a useful change bowler. He played his early cricket in Melbourne alongside the likes of Rodney Hogg and Gary Cosier before moving to Queensland where he played representative cricket on the Sunshine Coast. He joined the Club towards the end of the current season in order to qualify for the tour and made a quick 83 on his debut. Born about the time Don Bradman retired, Ken is a holiday tour operator on Fraser Island, Queensland. ANDREW HEATHWOOD At 20, Andrew is one of two youngsters in the side and helps lower the average age of the tour party to below forty. Joining the Club as a nine year old, he has played all his cricket with the 'Creek. An effective early order bat, Andrew's leg spinners have not yet been used to advantage. Affectionately known as Gnomie, he is reading for a degree in accountancy at the University of Canberra. He recently qualified as a member of the ACT Cricket Umpires Association, and has a level 1 coaching certificate.
TourofEngland 1995 19 PETER HOWES After playing many seasons with Northern Districts CC, Peter joined the 'Creek for the 1994-95 season and won the 4th Grade fielding award. The front line wicket keeper of the party, he usually plays in the Club's middle grades and bats just before sundries. He recently celebrated a mile-stone by recording 1000 nins - not in a season but the aggregate over ten seasons. An administrator with the Canberra Institute of Technology, and bom just before the War, Peter was 46 when he made his debut in first grade for Northern Districts. GERARD OAKES A right arm medium pace bowler, Gerard will be one of the new-ball bowlers on tour. During his eight seasons in senior cricket with the Club he has played in all grades except 1st, and has taken over 150 wickets at an average of 15. With his batting average at just half that of his bowling, Gerard will be keen to \vag the tail' with a view to adding some respectability to his batting. In his mid twenties, Gerard is more often seen than heard. He has obtained an Honours in History from The Australian National University and is currently working at the University. KEITH PARKER When 19, Keith's benevolence and club spirit earned him the honour of life membership of the Sports Club. As a medium pace bowler with best figures of 7 for 22, his relatively short career with the club has produced around 100 wickets at 16 apiece including a hat-trick. An officer with the Australian Customs Service, he is using the tour to signal his return to regular cricket following several years' absence. Fluent in Japanese, Keith introduced cricket to Japan during one of his recent visits. He is thought to be nearer thirty than forty.