Fi­nal over

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS & FEATURE - Gavin griffiths Le­ices­ter­shire seamer

On the Spot

DOB: 19/11/1993 Mar­i­tal sta­tus: Sin­gle For­mer Clubs: Lan­cashire, Eng­land U19s

The Last

Bat you bought/used? I’ve got a Wood­stock Airstream at the mo­ment. Song you down­loaded? Prob­a­bly Des­pac­ito, the new Justin Bieber one this sum­mer, just on re­peat most of the time! Five-wicket haul or cen­tury? I got a five-wicket haul last sea­son for Hampshire sec­onds, against Sus­sex, can’t re­mem­ber the ex­act fig­ures but I know I got a five-for! In­jury you had? The last proper in­jury I had would’ve been split web­bing in my fin­gers. I split it between my in­dex fin­ger and my mid­dle fin­ger and was out for about a month. It was a ball hit back at me in a T20 game that did the dam­age. Tro­phy you won? The T20 Blast with Lan­cashire in 2015.

The Jury’s Out

Tea or cof­fee? Cof­fee, def­i­nitely. Within the last year or so it’s be­come a bit of an ad­dic­tion. Your last meal if you were on death row? Good ques­tion, prob­a­bly Thai red curry I’d say. Caribbean with the mis­sus or Ma­galuf with the lads? Ma­galuf with the lads. I’ve never ac­tu­ally been but I’d like to go. 50-over, T20 or County Cham­pi­onship? T20, it’s quick and you don’t have to field as much! There’s big­ger crowds and it’s more ex­cit­ing, I think.

Time added on

Who did you sup­port as a boy? Ever­ton, I’m a mas­sive Tof­fees fan! They’ve been rub­bish this sea­son, they should’ve re­placed Romelu Lukaku, shouldn’t they? Best coach you have ever played with? Peter Moores. His at­ten­tion to de­tail is amaz­ing and he’s so en­thu­si­as­tic. Who’s the most ner­vous per­son when you’re next in to bat? Prob­a­bly Cal­lum Parkin­son I’d say. I sat next to him a lot in the T20 cam­paign this year and you can just sense a bit of nerves with him all the time! Per­son to avoid af­ter be­ing dis­missed? Mark Cos­grove. He doesn’t ex­actly lose the plot, I wouldn’t say, but I’m al­ways wary of him. One of those you have to shut the doors on and there’s al­ways loud noises com­ing out of the dress­ing room! One rule you would change? I need a minute for this one! One of the rules I don’t like is the no-ball for hit­ting the stumps, I think it’s a rub­bish rule. Ac­tu­ally no, can I have an­other one? The toss rule in the County Cham­pi­onship, where the away side can claim the toss – I don’t think that works at all. Three words to de­scribe your­self? Big, awk­ward and stub­born! Which TV pun­dit makes you cringe and which do you re­ally lis­ten to? Michael Hold­ing makes me cringe, he does my head in, ev­ery­thing’s all ‘back in my day’ and all that, he did this, he did that, cricket’s moved for­wards since then mate, it frus­trates me a lit­tle bit! Ob­vi­ously he was a great bowler but cricket’s moved on since the 1980s. And then the pun­dits I re­ally en­joy are in foot­ball – Jamie Car­ragher and Gary Neville, they’re fresh out of the mod­ern game and they can re­late to ev­ery­thing. They work re­ally well as a pair too. Do you have any su­per­sti­tions? None at all, I don’t think any­one at Le­ices­ter­shire does re­ally. Hob­bies? Go­ing to watch foot­ball at Good­i­son Park! I’ve re­cently got into golf a lit­tle bit too so I play that a bit and I play a lot of Xbox – FIFA mostly.

And fi­nally

Who is the worst dressed player at the club? Will Faza­k­er­ley, young lad. The worst thing about it is he thinks he’s got style and he’s a sham­bles. We’re talk­ing like short-sleeved, pink jumper t-shirts, hor­ren­dous stuff!

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