In the fifth in the series of profiles revealing what and who makes us enjoy playing or watching cricket, today it is the turn of Paul Proudley.

If you would like to get involved, all players, past or present can give us their take on the sport, at Calmore Sports or otherwise – so please answer the 18 questions and email

Name: Paul Proudley.

Nickname(s): Prouders, Pra.

What sparked your interest in cricket: My Dad’s pub team, Cuckoo CC.  Terrible standard but really admired the pre-match boozing policy.

Do you prefer the T20, 50-over, county or Test format of the game: Test cricket.

Cricketing hero: Brett Lee.

Favourite current (professional) player: Jimmy Anderson.

Most admired/best player you have played with: Paul “Goat” Galbraith.

Most formidable opponent: Malik / Tom Morton (doesn’t matter, they’re both in there).

Who would you most like to be isolated with from Calmore Sports – and who wouldn’t you: In isolation with Caroline Vann.  Not in isolation with Oli Tull.

Favourite away ground: Ventnor bowl.

Favourite/most memorable match you’ve played in: Probably the Hampshire Academy T20 game.

Personal highlight/champagne moment: 7-13 against Fair Oak.

Funniest moment/s in cricket: Me and Tommy pissing on Westy in the shower!

Best way to relax after the game: : ???????????????

Do/did you have any cricketing superstitions: Turning up with a hangover.

What will you miss most in cricket during this enforced break: Not sitting in the sun getting larruped!

Is there anything you’d change about the game: Make John Buckle umpire from my end every time I bowled.

If you could invite 3 cricketing celebrities (players, presenters, commentators) round for dinner, who would they be and why: Beefy, Tuffers and Graeme Lyon … for obvious reasons!