Alyn’s total of 63 games for the club is a testiment to his commitment to the team during his short four-year career. Alyn featured heavily with both bat and ball during his time with the team, often stepping in to open the batting or bowling – sometimes both – if required.
A rapid bowler when fit and firing Alyn could keep a lid on many wary opening partnerships when hitting a full length; on the odd occasion, however, his radar would go a little awry and batsmen would be met with an array of errant deliveries… With the bat, Alyn’s stats do not really do justice to his ability; he was often relied upon to stodge out the opposition’s opening bowler. Among older members of the Club, there is still uncertainty about whether we ever truly saw the fabled ‘New Bat’ which was much discussed over the years.
Alyn was most notable, however, for the aggressive way in which he played the game – a trait which extended to his driving to and from the ground as many brave or unwitting team members discovered. On the field, this aggression manifested itself less in flowing strokeplay and rapid bowling, and more in vivid expressions of… disappointment… at Umpiring decisions, the batsmen’s audacity to hit the ball and the inability of fielders to simultaneously grow eighteen feet and be in several places at once.
A fine tally of runs and wickets in each of his playing seasons was added to by some excellent outfielding and occasional wicket keeping meaning Alyn was always a hugely valuable team member. One of the surviving Eight Men vs Norwood, Alyn was sadly missed when he headed off to pastures new – having finally managed to very nearly kill an old man with his Stock-Beamer in his final game at Forthill.