In the third in the series of profiles revealing what and who makes us enjoy playing or watching cricket, today it is the club veteran Steve Wright who opens up on his thoughts.
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Name: Steve Wright.
Nickname(s): Wrighty, Franny.
What sparked your interest in cricket: My Dad playing at Flamingo and the people at the club.
Do you prefer the T20, 50-over, county or Test format of the game: Test cricket.
Cricketing hero: Marcus Trescothick and Darren Gough.
Favourite current (professional) player: Ben Stokes.
Most admired/best player you have played with: James Vince.
Most formidable opponent: Mike Haworth from Sparsholt.
Who would you most like to be isolated with from Calmore Sports – and who wouldn’t you: Definitely Ben Perry, think we would discuss every poor Saints and Eastleigh signing through isolation. Isolation with Matt Taylor would test anyone’s patience!
Favourite away ground: Ventnor is a great day out but Sparsholt is my favourite as it’s two minutes from home!
Favourite/most memorable match you’ve played in: National Under 13 County Cup final, Hampshire v Yorkshire in 2005. We were the losing finalists but a great team that year.
Personal highlight/champagne moment: Has to be OTs away 2018. We won by 1 run defending 108, won the game with a high caught and bowled and pulled off like Alan Shearer!
Funniest moment/s in cricket: Breaking Ben Moss after he misfielded two balls in a row off my bowling at Bashley!
Best way to relax after the game: Beer and a kebab.
Do/did you have any cricketing superstitions: None.
What will you miss most in cricket during this enforced break: Football warm-ups and Lav’s dummy spit after getting out!
Is there anything you’d change about the game: It wouldn’t matter … it’s a batsman’s game anyway.
If you could invite 3 cricketing celebrities (players, presenters, commentators) round for dinner, who would they be and why: Freddie Flintoff, Shane Warne, Darren Gough – can you imagine the stories these three would come up with!