Batsmen everywhere have experienced “Trial by Dury”
Throughout his cricketing career with YMCA Cricket Club, Brian Dury has, with his unique
brand of ultra slow leg spin bowling, lured countless numbers of frustrated
batsmen into a rash shot with predictable results. Such is Brian's success that
it’s true to say that batsmen
everywhere have experienced “Trial by Dury”!
the 2002 season, the popular Bristol born, leg break bowler celebrated his 100th
senior wicket for the club and by doing so joined an elite band a players, past and present,
to reach this impressive landmark. This notable achievement is made all the more
impressive when consideration is given to the relatively short period that Brian
has played for the Golden Hill based cricket club, just nine seasons.
Understandably, Brian, who in the right conditions can turn the ball a country
mile, has gained a great deal of respect from his fellow team mates and, since
joining the club in 1993, he has become one of a handful of players to make a
league appearances for all four teams.
spin bowlers, the recently retired cricket lover is partial to the odd
eccentricity and even claims to enjoy M.D. Smith’s tuna sandwiches! But YMCA’s
very own Shane Warne is clearly still enjoying matters on the field and, rather
refreshingly, points to several Fourth Eleven matches during last season's league
campaign as his most memorable.
Many English cricket
commentators claim that the art of leg spin is on the verge of extinction in the modern
game…..well, we at the ‘YM’, suggest these doubters take a trip to Golden Hill
next season to witness one of Bristol most experienced ‘leggies’, Brian Dury in
Statistics are up to the end of the 2002 season
1946 in Bristol
Year Joined YMCA: 1993
I’ve no idea what other people call me. Prefer not to know.
Leg break bowler (like Shane Warne - similar waist size anyway - but a quarter
of the pace and without the line, length, googly and flipper). Stylish No. 11 or
12 batsman, not out specialist, due to inducing panic, depression and boredom in
Other clubs played for: Housing Pirates.
Best YMCA Matches Played In: Firstly, a
match against Bristol West Indians in 2002. Bristol West Indies batted first and
scored 221/8 off their 45 overs. In reply we reached the target for the loss of
eight wickets with just two balls to spare.
Secondly, there was a match
against Winterbourne, also in 2002, where Winterbourne batted first and scored
168 all out. In reply, we reached the target with just one wicket in hand. In
this match I hit the winning run, and as the umpire signalled five byes for the ball hitting the helmet behind
the wicketkeeper. Two things that will never happen again.
Both matches could easily
have been lost, and were won by good teamwork in batting, bowling and fielding.
Favourite YMCA Batsmen (past or present):
Tony Wilcox. My doctor advised me to avoid undue excitement.
Favourite YMCA Bowler (past or present):
Tony Wilcox. See favourite batsman.
Favourite Cricket Ground:
Congresbury. Good wicket, outfield, setting, clubhouse and bar. A very friendly
and sporting team.
Least Favourite Cricket Ground:
Packers Ground. Horrible artificial wicket with strange bounce, outfield uneven
with long grass. The dressing rooms are very strange and the square leg umpire
does not give stumpings.
Favourite Professional Cricketer:
Bomber Wells. I have modelled my batting and fielding on him.
Mike Smith’s tuna sandwiches. Poetry on bread.
Sam Adams IPA. Most American
beers are all piss and wind, but this Boston beer really tastes of hops and
Favourite Football Teams: Buffalo Bills. Lost three
successive Superbowls, by a bigger margin each time.
Favourite Holiday Destination:
Motto In Life:
Don't eat the yellow snow (advice given by a sled driver on the Iditarod Trail)