Rikki is just about the model all-rounder - he can bat, bowl and has the safest pair of hands in professional cricket. Genuinely, there is no one else you'd ever want under either a huge skyer or on the receiving end of a hand-stinging slip chance!
Clarke is truly a top-class all-rounder in the sense that he can't just bat and bowl but he can win games with either bat or ball.
Tall and well-balanced, he is incredibly powerful with the bat. With the ball he has made one of the Bears opening-bowling slots his own, frequently denying the opposition early momentum to set the tone for many a tight Birmingham bowling display and victory.
Rikki was pivotal to the Bears' 2014 NatWestT20Blast winning team and played some crucial innings throughout the tournament, notably under the highest pressure in a tough quarter-final against Essex at a packed and noisy Chelmsford. This guy loves a challenge - and is worth his weight in gold!
Rikki Clarke Fact File
Role: Seam-bowling all-rounder
Birmingham Bears squad number: 81
Sports team beyond cricket: Spurs
Holiday destination: Dubai
Cricket hero: Darren Gough
Quote: "Once a Bear, always a Bear"