The latest installment of interviews with youngsters in Spanish Cricket takes us to Andalucia and an interview with the Costa Del Sol Colts youngster Jamie Riley.
As usual, Cricket España’s Junior Director of Cricket sets the scene and asks the questions ….
“On my first trip to the Cartama Oval, this young man really impressed me, an excellent all rounder, however for me, his left arm medium fast bowling was a pleasure to watch. It was a delight to see a young bowler consistently bowling a good line and length and every so often getting that lethal yorker to perfection, and out foxing many a batter, both young and senior.”
Welcome to Jamie Riley, another young talent with a bright future. Jamie was also present at the Root academy sessions last year at Desert Springs, he impressed the organisers so much that he was named as Cricket España’s player of the event and was awarded a Root Academy T-shirt for his efforts.
Thank you Jamie for agreeing to take part in this interview
Rico : How old are you?
Jamie : I am 13 years old, my birthday was in the lockdown.
Rico : At what age did you start playing cricket, and where?
Jamie : I was 3 years old and started playing on the beaches and squares of Malaga.
Rico : What is your first memory of cricket?
Jamie : Bowling my Dad, with the stumps flying everywhere.
Rico : Under normal circumstances, where and when do you practice playing cricket?
Jamie : I play and practice at The Cartama Oval for the Costa del Sol Crusaders senior and junior teams. I also have played for three years at The Foundation of Goodness, in Sri Lanka, when we volunteered
Rico : Do you see yourself as a batter or bowler?
Jamie : I see myself as an all-rounder.
Rico : What, where and when do you think was your best performance to date?
Jamie : My best bowling and batting was in the last tournament we played at The Cartama Oval. We played against a team from Gibraltar and Easton Cowboys, from Bristol
Rico : Why do you like to play cricket?
Jamie : I enjoy the whole experience, especially bowling, batting and fielding.
Rico : What is the best thing about cricket in Spain?
Jamie : The climate is perfect for cricket all year round.
Rico : What if anything is the most disappointing thing about cricket in Spain?
Jamie : There could be more teams to play.
Rico : What’s your most memorable cricket experience in Spain?
Jamie : Being awarded Spanish player of the tournament with The Root Academy last year.
Rico : As a player, where would you like to see yourself in 15 years time?
Jamie : Playing Test cricket for England!
Rico : Who is your favourite player and why?
Jamie : My favourite bowler is Jimmy Anderson and batter is Kumar Sangakarra.
Rico : If you could have dinner tonight with any famous person in the world, who would it be and why?
Jamie : I don’t really know but a BBQ after a game of cricket with everyone is always fun!
Rico . What effect has Covid19 had on your young lives, for better and worse?
Jamie : I miss playing cricket, football and tennis, and seeing all my friends.
Rico : If you had a message to all people your age during these difficult times, what would it be?
Jamie : Stay fit as you can.
Thank you for your answers Jamie, Keep up the good work and keep getting your dad out with those in swinging Yorkers!