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DOB: 05/01/1991 Re­la­tion­ship Sta­tus: Girl­friend – Abby

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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.

And fi­nally

Worst ban­ter? Tom KohlerCad­more has got some aw­ful lines and it’s just re­lent­less too, he just doesn’t stop which is ter­ri­ble!

MATT PARDOE For­mer Worces­ter­shire, now Here­ford­shire bats­man

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