I started to play one day when I was about 9, when my Dad asked me, “Do you want to start playing cricket?” “Yes Dad, when is it?” “There’s one tonight.” That’s when my cricketing career started. Ever since then, I have never looked back. I played for the junior side up until I was about 12 because then I started playing adult cricket. At first I didn’t want to play adult cricket because I was scared of getting hit in the face or breaking fingers etc, etc… but I soon got used to it.
I used to do 3rd man to 3rd man, but the ball still came to me every now and again. I also used to bat number 11. They weren’t the greatest days of my cricketing career because I realised I wasn’t at the top of the tree anymore and that there were players around me, that were a lot, lot better than I was, so I just had to do my best.
When I was 13, I played for Newark & District. This for me was a great achievement for me at this age. That same year, my Dad and Bill Tomlinson put me down for a County trial at the end of the season. I went to the County trial, with high hopes, expecting to get in just as easily as I did with the District. I was proved wrong. All the players that were there were of the ability I was, or better. I got through the first trial but didn’t make it through past the second. Naturally, I was disappointed, but I wasn’t going to give up. The next season I was stronger and was a better player all round and proved so by getting my maiden half century against Beeston, scoring 56 runs which saved us from having a rubbish total. We also won the game so it made me even happier that we had won, because my own performance didn’t go to waste. The same year, I got 56 again, away at Bingham. This year, I had also been put down for another County trial, and this year, got through to the last round, but picked up a back injury during it, which I was absolutely gutted about. I haven’t tried again since, but hopefully one day I will make it.
I have had a few 50’s but a 50 isn’t a patch on a hundred. So my next goal is to get my maiden hundred. Hopefully it doesn’t take me too long.
The way I bat is quite strange. One day I may choose to bat properly, and one day I may choose to try and smash the leather off of it. Sometimes it pays off, but obviously sometimes it doesn’t.
I am a medium fast bowler that hopes to one day knock somebody’s head off their shoulders, and if that doesn’t happen, I at least want to smash someone’s box into smithereens.
That is all.