Fi­nal over

The Cricket Paper - - FEATURE - SAM HAIN War­wick­shire bats­man

On the Spot

Date of Birth: 16/06/1995 Mar­i­tal Sta­tus: In a re­la­tion­ship

The Last

Bat you bought/used? I use New Bal­ance at the mo­ment. The last one I bought, well my Dad bought it, was a Gray Ni­colls Hay­den 380 with a ti­ta­nium han­dle, I thought it was the best ever. That would have been back in 2007, so a while ago now. Song you lis­tened to? Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band Five-wicket haul or cen­tury? I scored 109 off 106 balls against Der­byshire in the One-Day Cup back in May. In­jury? I did my shoul­der against York­shire at the end of last year. I was out for two or three weeks. Tro­phy you won? Royal Lon­don One Day 2016. It was un­be­liev­able – I don’t re­mem­ber much about the night af­ter­wards but it was re­ally, re­ally good!

The Jury’s Out

Tea or Cof­fee? Cof­fee, I’m not re­ally a big tea drinker. I can’t make a good cup of tea so I’ll go for cof­fee. Beans on toast or pasta? I’m not a great cook so I’ll go pasta be­cause it’s nice and easy. Caribbean with the mis­sus or Ma­galuf with the lads? I have to say Caribbean with my girl­friend So­phie. Red or white wine? I’m not a big wine drinker ei­ther if I’m hon­est. White though be­cause I can’t drink red and white is at least cold. I don’t like to drink fluid which is at room tem­per­a­ture. 50-over, T20 or County Cham­pi­onship? County Cham­pi­onship – that’s where you get your name. If you’re play­ing good county cricket that re­lays into the 50-over and the T20 stuff.

Time added on

Who did you support as a boy? I wasn’t a big fan of any par­tic­u­lar cricket team grow­ing up but Ever­ton was my foot­ball team. My Dad fol­lowed them so he got me into it. Best coach you have ever played with? That’s a tough one. When I was play­ing first XI at my high school, Steven Baker was my coach and he was bril­liant. That was at South­port School on the Gold Coast of Aus­tralia. The most ner­vous when next into bat? I think I’m up there in our dress­ing room. It would prob­a­bly be me be­cause I get re­ally ner­vous. Ev­ery­one’s played a lot of cricket in the first team and I’m still quite young. My leg goes crazy! Per­son to avoid af­ter be­ing dis­missed? Trotty (Jonathan Trott) – he doesn’t take it too well. There’s one story where he got out, I was out al­ready, and he whacked some­thing and it broke – a wooden bench I think. We all kept quiet then half-hour later we went back in and he had a vacuum cleaner on his back to tidy it up. It was like some­thing from Ghost­busters! One rule you would change? An­other tricky one but dou­ble runs on the leg side would be good. That’s where I score most of my runs so it’d be pretty handy. Three words to de­scribe your­self? Drifter – that’s all I can re­ally come up with un­for­tu­nately. Poor, I know. Which TV pun­dit makes you cringe and which do you re­ally lis­ten to? Greg James on BT Sport is quite good. My girl­friend is re­ally into him and I re­mem­ber at the cricket din­ner she asked for a pic­ture with him so I did and he was very good about it. Do you have any su­per­sti­tions? How long have you got? I’ve got a few which are pre-bat­ting but it’ll take me ages to go through them all. Left-pad goes on first, be­fore I go over the rope I have to tap my left foot twice and at the end of the over I have to mark the crease, the list goes on. Hob­bies? Golf def­i­nitely, I play off about a 12 to 14 hand­i­cap, 18 some­times de­pend­ing on who I am play­ing against... Josh Poys­den is a ban­dit, he’s a sin­gle fig­ure hand­i­cap­per but he plays off some­thing in the teens.

And fi­nally

Who is the worst dressed player at the club? Mark Adair – he just doesn’t know where he’s go­ing with it.

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