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imogzyboy

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What got you hooked with cricket?
« on: June 05, 2020, 05:48:25 PM »

Strange question I know but what was it that made you want to get involved with cricket? What moment made you want to start?

For me I was a young lad brought up in the valleys of wales only knowing rugby but moved to England during the 2005 ashes, playing in my mates garden and watching the 2005 ashes having the memories of KPs woodworm bat, it was at this point I was hooked and started playing for my local club and never stopped since apart from the injuries and coming in and out of retirement!! Haha

So what was it for you??
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Re: What got you hooked with cricket?
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2020, 07:23:04 PM »

Cricket bats of course.......
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Re: What got you hooked with cricket?
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2020, 07:27:16 PM »

I've played since I was about 5 (22/23 years) but definitely 2005 is where I completely fell in love for the game!

The woodworms of the era, gm purist and maxi, strauss' catch "Jones.... Bowden..... Kasprowicz the man to go" then watching Bowden and koetzen take the bails off at the oval, I was in year 8 at the time! What a summer! 
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Re: What got you hooked with cricket?
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2020, 08:28:16 PM »

Ashes 2005 - KP with the bat and Flintoff

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Re: What got you hooked with cricket?
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2020, 08:53:35 PM »

Strange question I know but what was it that made you want to get involved with cricket? What moment made you want to start?

For me I was a young lad brought up in the valleys of wales only knowing rugby but moved to England during the 2005 ashes, playing in my mates garden and watching the 2005 ashes having the memories of KPs woodworm bat, it was at this point I was hooked and started playing for my local club and never stopped since apart from the injuries and coming in and out of retirement!! Haha

So what was it for you??

I was gifted a coaching video called "Cricket, The West Indian Way", featuring Holding, Kanhai, Lance Gibbs, Jeffery Dujon, and Sobers. Narrated by a very young Tony Cozier. Its a mix of basic coaching, and highlights of the players mentioned above. I was in awe, that Sobers featured in all parts of the video (fast bowling, legspin/chinaman bowling, orthodox spin bowling, batting) except wicketkeeping.

It is still my favorite cricket video to watch - really wanted to be West Indian throughout my childhood.
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Re: What got you hooked with cricket?
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2020, 07:12:23 AM »

My uncle & grandad were very good and keen league players and we used to watch them a lot with a family picnic in the summer and from a young age 6-7 they would throw balls And teach me etc.

Then my uncle started a colts section for his club an I started there at about 8 and played ever since, made my senior debut on my 12th birthday and played ever season since then so 25 seasons this year
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Re: What got you hooked with cricket?
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2020, 07:25:04 AM »

Being born in pakistan in the 90s i guess. Cricket is your birth-right  :D
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Re: What got you hooked with cricket?
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2020, 08:46:09 AM »

My Dad was always into cricket but only used to play socially at work (beer matches), so I never got to see him play when I was a real youngster.

We'd always have England's games on the TV, but my first real memories of taking notice was the tour to South Africa in 2004/05.

Flintoff got runs and wickets in the Test series, then this new bloke called Kevin Pietersen came into the ODI side. He had a blonde streak in his hair, and uses a bat with funny grooves in the  edge to smash boundaries. Basically he was the opposite of the "cricket is boring" stereotype my friends had at the time.

That series sparked an interest, then the 2005 Ashes really got me interested. A local club came and offered coaching after school in the summer of 2006, I ended up joining and am still playing there to this day.

I wonder if I'd have been half as keen on cricket if it weren't for KP...
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Re: What got you hooked with cricket?
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2020, 08:47:06 AM »

Watching the ashes in 1981 combined with Somerset at the same time. Botham, Richards and Garner got me interested in the sport and was then lucky enough to develop this interest at school. Still going 39 years later!!!
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Re: What got you hooked with cricket?
« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2020, 09:37:17 AM »

1998 Atherton vs Donald in that iconic battle in the fourth test. Atherton was a tough man whereas Donald had serious bad intentions. Got be hooked as if Atherton had gotten out, he did but he didnt walk, Donald probably wouldve run through us. We ended up winning the series. Was incredible 
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Re: What got you hooked with cricket?
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2020, 11:35:35 AM »

I was quite simply born into cricket. My dad, grandad and uncle all played, my mum did the teas etc....

So I was at the club from the day I was born literally (my dad played the Saturday of the week I was born).

I grew up playing catch with my dad and the other players, then in the nets practicing etc... when I started playing colts I used to take my whites to the games as unofficial 12th man!

My dad was a wicket keeper so watching him meant naturally I became one.
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Re: What got you hooked with cricket?
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2020, 04:55:25 PM »

Grew up in Mumbai, India with no facilities, grounds, or real equipment. We played in any place with any ball (Plastic, table tennis, tennis, hard tennis, tape, rubber, leather etc.) we could get our hands-on until we were kicked out.
Best times!
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Re: What got you hooked with cricket?
« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2020, 06:35:11 PM »

Grew up watching my dad at our local club, then became scorer, before playing in the 1st team together before he retired. When I was 15 we opened the batting together and both batted through the innings putting on about 220, I scored a ton and my day ninety odd. Great to have that memory!
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Re: What got you hooked with cricket?
« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2020, 08:16:49 PM »

I'm a child of the Warne debut ashes era.

I don't necessarily remember it being a night-and-day interest ignited by 'that' delivery...But until then interesting spinning was an entirely foreign concept. Sure you had defensive English ploddy spinners, and subcontinent guys had their bizarre movements that couldn't be figured out even with all the slow mo's in the world...And along came Warne, a non boring guy, who out-foxed batsmen. With a physique that was, erm, relatable.

In school, if you weren't quick you weren't anything. As an early developer, I was quick at 12 years old, but then everyone kind of caught up and overtook, and I was bored of bowling. Bowling effective spin (only off breaks by then) took too much practice, and too much luck of having a generous deck.

But warne changed all that. Tbh I couldn't give a damn if there was a batsman there in the net (how bonkers is that, to consider?!). I just wanted to put it 'there', and see some turn. Any turn. And, tbf, I studied Warnes wrist, and I managed to 'do' it. Maybe not every ball, but I couldn't care less. Every over I had 6 chances to pull off a sporting move that's the equivalent of the Trevor Sinclair overhead.

I then took too long out the game post Uni, and killed that muscle memory by flipping rolls of sellotape in the office thinking it was similar to the real thing. I also had a wrist condition that means I don't dare dream of taking it up again (my hands make me my millions! Cant afford to risk them).

But those few summers, if I found a captain patient enough to give me a a go...Beating a forward defensive on the outside edge meant EVERYTHING!

So I had 10 or so years out the game, and, sad as this sounds, was walking into a sports shop in Essex for the missus buying some shoes, and started nosing the bats (as you do - it never leaves you!). And I saw a M&H Distinction (first generation). I'd never heard of them before, and the craftsmanship, beauty, and stonking size of it made me take the game up again, and I sought out my local club.

Now I'm needing a third spark. I've moved out if the area, and fortunate to have a place to eventually set up a net and Bola, and hopefully that should get me 'back in the game'
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Re: What got you hooked with cricket?
« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2020, 06:25:15 AM »

My dad was a footballer and got me into that very early but cricket I found via the BBC and the 1985 Ashes series. I remember stumbling across the live day's play of Gower's 215 at Edgbaston. By the end of that summer I was hooked and by 1986 me and my mates were playing 'test matches' on oir school field throughout the summer.

To this day when people ask about my work I always say football was my job, cricket is my passion...
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