C.A. Hooper retired on 18 February 2019 (during season 37) aged 36.
A great attacking opening batsman and club captain, Hooper was a very dominant force during the early seasons as the Ducklings clawed their way to the higher Tiers. A hard striker of the ball, hooper always scored his runs fairly quickly although the rest of the top/middle order often made him look sedate at times. His slightly more watchful approach paying dividends as he scored over 9,000 runs at an average of over 54 (28 tons). All the more impressive was his consistency as he passed 1,000 runs in 6 of the 7 seasons he played never averaging less than 42. He was arguably even more impressive in OD cricket, striking over 10,000 runs at better than a run a ball and an average in excess of 55 with a whopping 34 tons.
The only caveat against his numbers were the relatively few games he played in the top 2 tiers. But a great player for the time who enters a well deserved retirement.
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Competition||Date|
|40, 1c||The Ducklings||v The Mighty Mighty Ducks||Friendly (50 over)||10 November 2018|
|160*, 1c||The Ducklings||v The Mighty Mighty Ducks||Friendly (50 over)||06 November 2018|
|49*||The Ducklings||v India A||One day (50 over)||29 October 2018|
|4||The Ducklings||v Barygaza CC||One day (50 over)||22 October 2018|
|25, 1ro||The Ducklings||v Glen Iris Greats||One day (50 over)||15 October 2018|
|53||The Ducklings||v dazzlers CC||One day (50 over)||08 October 2018|
|150*||The Ducklings||v Cricket Inc||One day (50 over)||01 October 2018|
|19||The Ducklings||v Sherborne St John CC||One day (50 over)||24 September 2018|
|26||The Ducklings||v Anti-Inertia||One day (50 over)||17 September 2018|
|10, 1c||The Ducklings||v India A||One day (50 over)||10 September 2018|