On the Spot
Date of Birth: 16/06/1995 Marital Status: In a relationship
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.
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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.
Who is the worst dressed player at the club? Mark Adair – he just doesn’t know where he’s going with it.