tall as a barn door with a bat to match, "Jowallika" has three batting modes -
the "steady as you go" run compiler, the "haven't got a clue" state of
confusion but most often (thankfully) the almighty "fetch that!" big-hitter. In
the latter style and using his Willow tree-trunk he made one of the few centuries
(certainly the fastest) for West
End in 1991 - a standout season for him. He joins Tim Lamb, Matt Balkwill
and Jason Stephens
in a select band of century-makers in the 'modern era' of the club. In
1991 he was also chief wicket-taker, on three separate occasions taking
seven opponents scalps - the combined 21 wickets costing a fraction over
five runs apiece!
The latter part of 2000 was another notable purple patch, for
example at Chobham his input sealed our victory there: two of his three sixes smashed roof
tiles on the pavilion! In fact Jason ended the season with an average of over fifty -
another milestone. Sadly, he didn't bat enough times to qualify for the Hull Award but the
feat was recognised at that years' Awards evening with a special prize of a glass tankard
from the Hundredth Test Match at Lords that same Summer. Nice one.
Bowling is via a strong, high action and confuses many a batsman
(and wicket-keeper) with a wide variety of deliveries. His stock ball starts two feet
outside the off-stump only to dip and swing in late onto the middle and leg before
whipping your shins away from under you. More recently he's getting the ball to swing both
ways, this no doubt contributing to Jays' decisive regaining of the bowling trophy from Howard in 2000. Jason was holidaying on the Isle Of Wight this
year at the same time as we were touring there, even taking charge of the Video camera at
the Ventnor game. Trigger/Barripper remembers
this with affection, his worst bowling spell ever (winner of the "You're Shit -
AARRGGHH) being recorded for posterity. Thanks Jay.
His name occasionally gives the opposition scorers a bit of
difficulty. On copying the scorebook up one week in 2000 we discovered we'd opened our
attack with a bloke called "Honicker!" West End's biggest laid-back star has
occasionally been heard to mutter "I can't be bothered today" before compiling
yet another six or seven wicket haul or a belting fifty. Mind you, If he laid back any
further he would be horizontal.