On the Spot
DOB: 05/01/1991 Relationship Status: Girlfriend – Abby
Bat you bought/used? I got a Hawk Expo 900 at the start of the season which is very good, well made and I like the weight. It’s a good balance between light and heavyweight. CD you bought? Remarkably it was only last year! After going on a trip around America, I got really into country music so I bought a compilation album with Johnny Cash and people like that. Hooked via holiday! Five-wicket haul or century? I got a century at the end of the season for Kidderminster in the Birmingham & District Premier League against Barnt Green. It was 116 overall, from 100 balls, in a dark run-chase which, thankfully, we won. Injury? A long time ago, thankfully! I broke my hand when I was 17, diving for a ball in the field and landed a bit awkwardly. It put me out for eight weeks which was a blow. Trophy you won? I’ve been playing for Herefordshire this year and we were lucky enough to win the Minor Counties One-Day Trophy. We had a good bunch of players and a brilliant team spirit, with two or three stars every game which got us over the line.
The Jury’s out
Tea or Coffee? This one is massively dependent on the situation, but coffee is always a good early-morning pickme-up which is a big help! Beans on toast or pasta? I’ll have to say pasta, so long as it’s specifically pasta bake. It’s a simple dish, but it was always so tasty when I had it at home – lots of good memories. Caribbean with the missus or Magaluf with the lads? I’d rather do both – that’s a tough one! I’ve done Magaluf before so it would have to be the Caribbean. Seems a beautiful place. Red or white wine? Because we’re heading into winter and it’s far more civilised with a meal, I’d have to say red. 50-over, T20 or County Championship? Three or fourday is the purest form – you need to have so much concentration and the rewards are a lot greater.
Time added on
Who did you support as a boy? I grew up supporting Worcestershire, so it was nice to be able to play for them – a bit of a boyhood dream, if you like. I followed Wolves a lot in football, too. Best coach you have ever played with? I worked with Gordon Lord through the academy from age 14 onwards and built a really good relationship. I’ve always trusted his opinion and honesty – he knows my game inside out and we still work together now. The most nervous when next into bat? Alan Richardson would just not sit still – a common bowler’s curse. He wouldn’t watch the game and disappeared into his own world. Person to avoid after being dismissed? Alexei Kervezee would always disappear into the gym to vent, but before then you’d have to keep your eye out for flying equipment coming your way! One rule you could change? I’ve been done by the new ball too many times, so I’d make sure opening batsmen couldn’t be out for a duck. Three words to describe yourself? Positive, optimistic, easy-going. Which TV pundit makes you cringe and which do you really listen to? David Lloyd is very good, but I’m not keen on Bob Willis – he’s very quick to put people down and makes it sound easy! Do you have any superstitions? I always tend to put my front pad on first but that’s the only thing. I did it the other way around one day and got a duck, so I’ve stuck to it since. Hobbies? I’m quite into my country life, going for bike rides and walks – just general outdoors and sporty stuff. I’m a keen squash player, too. Dinner party? Matthew Hayden, Brian Lara, Lance Armstrong, Michael McIntyre, Aristotle.
Worst banter? Tom KohlerCadmore has got some awful lines and it’s just relentless too, he just doesn’t stop which is terrible!