Debut for club: 19/07/2009 in a Southern League Division 1 game at home to Dukesmead
Indoor debut: 19/12/2009 in a women’s league game v St.Cross
Batting style: Right Hand Bat
Bowling style: Right Arm Bowler
Nickname: Kiwi (which later became ‘Original Kiwi’ when fellow New Zealander Hayley Aburn joined us)
Last Match: 13/07/2014 v Langley Manor, away, in the Hampshire League
Last Indoor Match: 20/11/11 v St Cross in Women's league game at Eastleigh
1st XI Squad Number: 56
Southern League Div 1 winner 2010
Southern League Championship winner in 2012
Serious Cricket Indoor League Winner 2011
SHICL Women’s League Winner 2012
A hard-hitting batter and occasional medium pace bowler, ‘Kiwi’ joined us from Oakley CC in 2009. She was a key member of the team that won the Southern League Division 1 title in 2010, scoring very useful late order runs, particularly innings of 40 at Orpington and 31 at Rowledge, each time batting at number 7 and each time seeing us to victory. Like many of our players Claire took time to adjust to the higher level of the Championship, but in 2012 scored 39 not out off 20 balls against Hastings, an innings that remains the highest score by an HP player batting at number nine.
In 2012 Claire’s job took her away from the area although she did travel back to play in a couple of 2nd X1 games in 2014.
A great character, who was very popular at the club, Claire now lives in Rugby, Warwickshire. A logistics manager for Sainsbury’s, she is married with two children.
This is what Claire had to say in January 2021:
The message is quite timely as we have started playing indoor cricket in the dining room/lounge with the kids in the evening. I find it slightly ironic that I keep reiterating to the kids that cricket is all about self-control and not hitting the ball as hard as you can, which is completely the opposite to how I used to play...
So where am I now? I moved to Rugby in 2015, got married in 2016, and adopted 2 children in 2017. I still work for Sainsbury's, which has made for a challenging year for obvious reasons! I have played one game of 'organised' cricket since my last game for Hursley Park, but play back-garden cricket when the weather allows (if you hit it into the neighbours garden you're out). I dream about retiring at 50, spending my time in the nets and learning how to hit the ball on the off-side.
I have very fond memories of Hursley Park. I loved the location of the grounds and the quality of the pitch! Everyone was so welcoming when I first started. My favourite memory is probably playing indoor cricket after the Rugby World Cup in 2011, although I'm not sure how much of why it is memorable is appropriate to put on the website... I do have many other happy memories though - the teas, laughing and smiling a lot, the sun always seemed to be shining, the friendly competition about anything (doing the plank, spinning a basketball etc.,), and fielding! Ordering pizza somewhere in London for some reason. I could go on and on.