In the latest episode of the Cricket Yorkshire Podcast, former Leeds United and England goalkeeper Nigel Martyn is on top form talking about his switch from professional football to league cricket in North Leeds.
Cricket came first for Cornishman Martyn who got stuck into league cricket with St Austell and Fowey before a blossoming football career between the posts took off and the risk of a broken finger during the cricket season was deemed too risky.
Nigel Martyn’s stress fracture in his ankle that precipitated his retirement in 2006 meant he didn’t think he’d be able to play cricket again because the ankle will never heal but, in his words, he just decided to go for it.
Introduced to Leeds Modernians Cricket Club by a friend, he began in their seconds then opted to take it more seriously, took over wicketkeeping duties in the firsts and has been a regular ever since.
Listen to Nigel Martyn…
In the Cricket Yorkshire Podcast, Nigel chats about:
- His move to Yorkshire league cricket
- Transferrable skills for wicketkeeping
- His recent batting exploits in the Aire-Wharfe League
- How Leeds Modernians are faring
- The challenges for club cricket
Thanks to John Heald for his photography, John’s local team is where Nigel plays but he covers Yorkshire County Cricket Club and the Aire Wharfe League too and is available for bookings.
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