In the 11th in the series of profiles revealing what and who makes us enjoy playing or watching cricket, it is the time for a player with more clubs than even Westy …. it’s James Hibberd.
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Name: James Hibberd.
Nickname(s): Hibby, Hibbo, Leroy, Barrel.
What sparked your interest in cricket: Dad played when I was young and the reason I ended up coming to Calmore at the age of 13.
Do you prefer the T20, 50-over, county or Test format of the game: Test cricket for me is the ultimate test of a player.
Cricketing hero: Shane Warne, meeting him and training with him at Hampshire CCC was an unbelievable experience.
Favourite current (professional) player: Ben Stokes – awesome player!
Most admired/best player you have played with: Most admired is/was Paul Draper, great work ethic and always has great advise. Best player was Glenn Maxwell, an unbelievably talented bloke.
Most formidable opponent: Kevin Pietersen. I played against him in 2004 and I was scared stood at square leg!
Who would you most like to be isolated with from Calmore Sports – and who wouldn’t you: Like to – Paul Proudley, we would isolate well in KFC.
Favourite away ground: Bashley – always seemed to do well there!
Favourite/most memorable match you’ve played in: Staying up against New Milton last game of last season.
Personal highlight/champagne moment: Scoring 111 not out against BAT – hitting the best ever SL bowler, Dan Goldstraw, for 6 – 4 – 6 to get to 100 (we still lost by 8 wickets).
Funniest moment/s in cricket: Playing cricket with Graeme Lyon. He his a porno in my bag when I was young (15), my mum found it in my bag the following day. Cheers Grangy!
Best way to relax after the game: Beers – it kills the pain!
Do/did you have any cricketing superstitions: Always pack my bag the same way.
What will you miss most in cricket during this enforced break: I have and only missed the teas!
Is there anything you’d change about the game:
If you could invite 3 cricketing celebrities (players, presenters, commentators) round for dinner, who would they be and why: Botham, Flintoff and Warne – be one hell of a piss up!