Julian Poulter (Hampton School 1974-81) returned from over a decade working in Australia to his spiritual cricketing home in Hampton for the 2015 season. Having come back to enjoy his cricket and renew friendships, his competitive instincts soon came out and it was clear he must be selected for the Old Hamptonians 1st XI.
Julian played for Surrey CCC throughout the junior ranks and his desire to score runs was clear from a young age. His ability to bat for long periods of time even resulted in him knocking a certain Alec Stewart out of the Surrey Under 17s! This attribute is still recalled by many who have played alongside him in years gone by and those who continue to take the field with him today.
Having scored stacks of runs for the Surrey CCC Over 50s since his return to these shores, we heard he was being considered for national selection for a tour to South Africa in Spring 2017.
As captain of OHCC I have witnessed a great club player take such a huge effect on his team. His personality, optimism, drive to win and knowledge of the game has been a true string to my bow these past two seasons and it was a pleasure to bat with him during his highest score of the league season of 95 versus Woking and Horsell this Summer. This Hampton legend has quite rightly been selected for the England Over 50s squad to South Africa next year and we, along with all those involved with the Surrey Championship, wish him the very best of luck in his endeavours.