Sam Perry



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“It’s incredible, really, the amount of pain cricketers are prepared to put themselves through. Say you’re an opening batsman who gets out for a duck in the first over on day one. What compels you to hang around for the rest of the day, let alone turn up the following Saturday for day two? Yet you do, lest 10 blokes who you don’t even like think slightly less of you. You retain a sense of loyalty to the club, to your teammates, even though those same teammates will not hesitate to rate your girlfriend a ‘six out of 10’ in front of your face. During the time I’ve spent watching my teammates bat after getting out cheaply, I could have learned a language by now. I could be speaking Mandarin. Instead, all I’ve got to show for it is a career average of 13.6 and a 10 percent discount at our local pub.”
Sam Perry, The Grade Cricketer

“Like many, I haven’t totally abandoned the idea that I will one day become a professional cricketer. And if I’m not dreaming about playing first grade, or gaining selection as an overage player in the newly formed Futures League, I’m dreaming about the coveted ‘triple C’: the Century, Circuit, Chop. To score a hundred during the day, get drunk with your mates all night, and then have sex with a woman later that evening — all within a 12-hour period — is to achieve the holy trinity of amateur sport. If I am honest, it’s the slim chance of nailing this mouth-watering trifecta that drives me to continue playing cricket. I have never done it, not yet, but I desperately want to.”
Sam Perry, The Grade Cricketer

“Should you mix cricket with the rest of your life? Most grade cricketers would say no. The decision to mix your cricket and non-cricket friends can result in a horrible aftertaste. In all my time as a player, I have seen the two groups mix successfully. Integrated, maybe. Assimilated, maybe. But not ingrained. However, there have been moments where I’ve succumbed to ambition and entertained the thought that maybe, just maybe, both groups could get along. I’ve sadly learnt the hard way.”
Sam Perry, The Grade Cricketer



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