Epps inspired by Darren Gough passion
IN our new series of interviews, we asked Holmesdale's 27-year-old captain Mark Epps the big questions...
How did you end up at Holmesdale?
I've been here since I was six years old! It was always my local club so I came through the junior set-up here. In fact, when I was a young boy Tony Rose used to coach me, who has just been appointed chairman.
What do you think the future holds at your club?
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Our ambition is to get back up to Division One again, and then we can think about the Premier. If you look at our first XI, eight have come from the club and all are as passionate as I am about it. We are very young, but everyone's got a role and everyone contributes.
Who is one to watch, why?
I'd have to say Will Browne. He's an all-rounder who has shown he can do both. He bats at four and hits it cleanly - a natural timer of the ball.
Which format of the game do you prefer?
Twenty20 no doubt is better to watch – it's drawn much greater interest and to a much wider demographic. But as a player I like the longer form. It's the pinnacle when you look at how the greats have made their names.
If you could change any rule in cricket, what would it be?
I'd introduce one hand one bounce into cricket! Think of the new skills you'd have to learn and the innovative fielding positions... I would certainly change the game at least for a bit of fun. Alternatively, I like the idea of last man stands in all cricket.
Which ground is your favourite in England, why?
I had a chance to play at Trent Bridge so I would have to say there. It was a varsity game at university. It's one of the newer grounds and with a couple of thousand students in watching, it was quite an atmosphere.
Who is the last player to buy a round?
Will McDowell. Pampers is his nickname – I can't really tell you why, but the lads will enjoy that mention. Seriously though, I can't remember him ever buying a round.
Who is the worst dressed at your club?
Ben East is badly behind the times. He still wears Adidas jackets with poppers and Puma hoodies ... he's the last one of us to graduate from the noughties I think.
Who is the greatest cricketer you have ever seen?
Darren Gough. I've seen him before but he was always a childhood idol. A quality bowler who was exciting, pumped and never passive.
Who is the greatest that ever lived?
I think I'll go with Beefy [Ian Botham]. One of the true and great all-rounders, and he continues to be a great cricketer with the way he speaks about the game after retirement.