Tuesday 5th May 2020
Sam's a former wicket Keeper Batsman, he's also our website developer.
What is your nickname and why?
Trussnuts - mainly from my youth where some were convinced I was crazy. Most known though would be Teflon. Derived from edges not being able to stay in my gloves. Think it was Craig Scott who came up with this... not 100% sure though.
What is your most memorable moment in a Abberton shirt?
Most have gone for an achievement however the moment that sticks in my mind the most was Frinton away. Can't remember if it was Saturday or Sunday 1st team game however their batsman had skyed one between long off and long on. Matt Gilray and Mark Copson both going for it and neither called for it. Next thing we all heard a massive thud and then no movement from either on the ground. Suddenly I found myself sprinting across the ground to find them both just lying there. I can't really remember much after that just first aid / army training kicking in. After that day cricket became just a game win or lose, just have fun and a beer after!
When was your League debut, who was it against and how did you get on?
1996. I would have been 9 years old. No idea of the team or opposition but it was at the brow and we were presumably short of a player or two but I remember batting last and the opposition going mental that I'd edged one behind, being 9 I didn't know what they were on about. Between overs Barry Ball gave me a choice word or two... (Sarky comments from St Margarets away are not needed here.)
What is your all time Abberton Xl?
No particular order based on players I have played with at the club -
If you stranded on a desert island name one book you would take and read?
War & Peace - guaranteed to take a long time to read, plus alot of fire paper when it's finally done to start a rescue fire.
If Abberton were on a cruise. The Ship hits an Iceberg and you have three spaces left in your evacuation raft. Which three members are you saving and why?
If you could sponsor one current or former player from Abberton with a bat sticker who would it be?
Kevin Grant, guy has played alot of cricket and shows no signs of slowing down. Travels all over the country playing so I'd get my moneys worth.
What is the most interesting place you have visited?
Afghanistan. Only place I know where you can go for a scrap then a few hours later go swimming the other side of a dam totally safe until some posh twit of an officer goes grenade fishing... Would love to see what could come of a country which has been fought over time and time and always left the invaders leave with very little to show for their efforts.
Best bat you've owned?
Slazenger - why do somethings always remain great in your mind. It was probably a useless bat, but it was before I joined the army and I trained like crazy with it and scored many runs with it.
One fact about yourself that no one else would know?
I failed computer studies at school - couldn't even work a Microsoft Word Document & secretly love a Romantic Comedy.