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The Esmond Lewis Wicket-Keeper

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Year: 2009
Awarded to: Ian Walker

Ian Walker joined Wombourne Cricket Club for the 2009 season and made a huge impact as Wombourne achieved their second consecutive promotion and moved into Division 1 of the Birmingham and District Premier league. His 32 league victims, of which 15 were stumpings, indicate the importance of a quality wicket keeper in a successful side. The encouragement and support he offered has been invaluable to Wombourne's young side in its second promotion season.

Ian also provided the solid backbone to a very young batting line up and his 499 league runs came at an average of 38.38 and included an outstanding 111* against Ombersley in the victory that clinched Wombourne's promotion to Division 1. He finished as the highest placed Wombourne batsman in the BDPCL averages.

Ian's cricket career began in the North West as a junior member of Castleton Moor CC after which he moved to Rochdale CC, making his first XI debut in the 1989 season and after a season at Norden CC he moved in the Lancashire County League with Thornham CC.

After a long and successful career in the North West of England Ian joined Wombourne and added his league experience from playing as a professional in the Lancashire County League with both Thornham CC and Cheetham CC. In 1992 Ian joined Prestwich CC, scoring 1200 runs in the 2004 season.

In addition to a successful career in league cricket Ian turned his attention to the indoor version of the game. He first played for Rochdale and then moved to Stumps, based at Aston Villa until a move in 2004 to Wolverhampton, where he is still playing.

Ian represented England at Indoor Cricket for seventeen years between 1990 and 2007; captaining the side in the series against South Africa in 1993 and against New Zealand in 2002. He has also toured South Africa, Australia and New Zealand and been part of England's Indoor Cricket World campaigns.

Ian Walker

Ian Walker