Neal Howarth is a quiet,
easy going type of guy who fits in well at WECC. Nevr one to make a
fuss, if the Captain decides to turn the batting order on its head Neal
will be perfectly happy. He's grown in confidence over the last two
seasons and displays a nice flair with the willow once he's settled in.
The early part of his innings can be a little rough while he's settling
in and this is where he is most vulnerable. Once past there though, he's
in the groove and plays some nice shots. Sixes aren't out of the
question. During last year's tour match at Mount Hawke in Cornwall the
cameraman missed one shot. Yes, the only six of the innings!
also gently blossoming into a spinner of rare quality, one that can
turn the ball all manner of directions to a greater or lesser degree.
It's just a case of being given time to develop and fine tune. While
still in the developing mode for his craft we believe that it is
probably kinder to keep him away from one or two big hitters we know
and loathe - er, I mean love -
during the course of a season. There's nothing worse than having a
couple of good opponents batsmen at the crease, biding their time
until the opening bowlers' salvos have been and gone, just waiting to
tear into a young 'un and his slightly offline deliveries.
Neal is quite a laid back kind of a
chap. The three minute interview he gave our intrepid tour videographer (that means
anyone still sober to operate a video camera) was so thrilling that it
was completely cut from the resulting video, because no-one watches
silent film anymore. The photo on the right
shows Neal in a goonish mood at the game against Chadwick CC (the
first game of the
2003 season) - or so we like to think. Maybe he
really does rate those stupendously fashionable shades of his.