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Why I love cricket

Leicester and England full-back Dusty Hare scored a world-record 7,337 first-class points, but left school at 16 to play cricket for Nottinghamshire
Interview by Adam Hathaway

My father played at a local club called Collingham in Newark, so I was down there as a boy and when I went to Magnus Grammar School, also in Newark, I was very lucky. We had a cricket master called Chris Grant, who has just passed away [see page 118], but he was a very good club cricketer and had had a couple of games for Nottinghamshire’s first team. I played for the age-group county sides for Nottinghamshire and through Chris got some games for Notts 2nd XI when I was about 16.

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