The First XI: Eleven questions with Steve Gray


DOB: 6/7/88
Player type: Wicket keeper batsman
Nationality: British
Playing role: Dot ball specialist, bowls when bored
Teams: Buckhurst Hill, Loughton, Fakenham and Swardeston
Career best batting: 174 vs Fakenham 2017
Career best bowling: 3/6 vs Horsford 2019

Q What is your proudest cricket achievement?
Double national champions 2019.

Q Who is the best cricketer you have played with?
Darren Sammy.

Q What is your favourite ground other than The Common?
Fenners – Cambridge.

Q What one tip (advice) would you pass on to our juniors?
Recognise and take opportunities.

Q How did your love of cricket blossom and develop, do your family or relatives play?
Older brother played so naturally I played. I love the contest between the opposition.

Q Do you have a nickname, and if so please explain its significance?
Darkness – I’ve been known to get upset when things aren’t going my way. I’m trying my best to control this.

Q Which team-mate has the best taste in clothes?
Joe Flatt.

Q Which team-mate is the tidiest in the changing room?
Cal Taylor.

Q Which team-mate has the best taste in music?
George Walker.

Q In your opinion who is the funniest player at the club?
Matt Taylor.

Q What other sports do you enjoy playing and would recommend to youngster to play and which may complement their cricket?
I like to play lots of different sports. I would highly suggest young players to play a variety of sports to take the benefits from each and apply them to themselves as a person.


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