Ashley Brown – Saturday 2nd XI Captain

Name:  Ashley Brown

Club Role/s?

2nd XI Captain

What does this involve?

Captaining the second team is most enjoyable, mainly because the players are a great bunch of people. Our perennial problem is that we have to give up players to the first team, often at late notice, but that’s the way it goes. I spend a lot of my time at games doing nuts and bolts, sorting out the score cards for the league, collecting tea money, checking on availability for the coming week, arranging lifts, etc. One of the best parts of the job is watching young players come through, and seeing how players of any age can improve if they apply themselves and put in net sessions and practice. We’ve had good results in both of these areas over the past few years, with juniors going on from playing for us to star for the first and older players getting steadily better.

What do you do in “real life”? .

I run a publishing company that specialises in reference books for children and is a leading creator of “partworks”, weekly magazines that build up into a larger reference work.

How did you get involved with Chippenham Cricket Club?

I used to play against Chippenham, then I started playing in midweek matches for them, and finally was part of the side that entered the Cambs Saturday leagues six year ago.

What is your first cricketing memory?

Aged seven I saw Nottinghamshire play in a county match at Trent Bridge, which I found very boring.