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RORY BURNS: Welcome to my new column

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I'M GOING to be writing a column for the paper over the summer so I thought I'd introduce myself.

I'm Rory, I'm a batsman and wicketkeeper for Surrey and I also play for Banstead whenever I have some spare time.

I've been at Banstead since I was six. I think it was my old man's choice. I think it was partly because it was the nearest Premier Division club to where we live in Epsom and also because they have a reputation for having a good youth set-up. I was six but I ended up playing for the U10s because it was the youngest team at the time, but I remember being tiny compared to everyone else.

My brothers Dan and Liam also played for Banstead and Liam is currently the second team captain.

I live with my parents, and Layla the dog and Rafa the cat – named after Nadal not Benitez. My mum chose the name, but I'm not sure she likes Nadal for his tennis ability.

As well as cricket, I like football and rugby. I support Fulham but I'm a bit obsessed with Borussia Dortmund at the moment; they have been doing well and I play as them on FIFA quite a bit.

Other interesting things? I'm 22 but I'd never really drunk coffee until this week. Jason Roy forced me to have a cup and it's actually okay with milk and sugar. Only now I've drunk three cups in a day...

Anyway, back to the cricket.

I thought Surrey played pretty well to get the draw against Sussex, maybe I should have scored a few more runs though.

I got a few decent balls in the first innings and wasn't too disappointed with the 32 but I don't know how I managed to get out in the second innings.

After getting 115 in the first innings against Somerset I guess the only way was down, maybe I shouldn't have set the bar so high in the first game!

I'm involved in the second team's game this week; it's a good way of keeping my form going, maybe getting a few runs and possibly do a bit of wicketkeeping as well. I haven't done a lot of wicketkeeping recently – and I do love to catch that ball!

RORY BURNS: Welcome to my new column


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