‘Cricket saved my life,’ says George McMenemy, grandson of Lawrie McMenemy

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THE grandson of an FA Cup-winning Saints manager has explained how sport ‘saved his life’.

George McMenemy, grandson of Lawrie McMenemy, used his love of cricket to help him through the lowest point in his life.

George, from Market Place, Romsey, discovered his love of cricket around the time of the Ashes’ famous 2005 victory in England.

The 24-year-old said: “I was on holiday in Devon at the time and we had cricket-crazy neighbours. I instantly fell in love with it.

“In 2017, I lost my mother very suddenly. I had to postpone my entry to university for a year because she died four days before I started.

“It was a very dark time in my life, but I found cricket again.”

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George plays for the Newport Inn Cricket Club in Braishfield. His style of bowling is unique. As it rises, it takes 12 steps from side to side before bowling. He describes what he plays as “moon balls”.

In June, George uploaded a video of himself bowling to Twitter. The clip went viral, with several current and former international players offering words of encouragement.

In the video, George said: “People, I may be a fool, I may even be the worst cricketer in the world, but this sport has saved my life, enriched my mental health and improved my life. gave a platform to be happy once again and try to make my amazing mum proud in heaven Cricket I love you.

Commenting on the video, Australian tester Marnus Labuschagne said: “It’s fantastic George – you are an inspiration to us all – thank you for sharing your love of the best game in the world.”

New Zealand bowler Ajaz Patel said: “Bravo mate! Keep enjoying the game!”

Former South African fast bowler Dale Steyn posted the video and said: “If anyone asks me what I’ve done for a living, I show them this video.”

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George, who works for Youth in Romsey, said: “This year I’ve taken six wickets which is my most successful year. Cricket is my happy place. I am very aware that discussions about mental health are on the rise, especially among young men. There is more openness now.

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“Cricket saved my life. I was very close to not being there. I had very dark thoughts, but cricket gave me a goal.

“I feel like I have more of a role to play now. If you open yourself up to your passion, it can do wonders for your life.

George said his grandfather enjoyed watching him play. He said: “He loves it. My grandparents are my biggest supporters. He lives in Braishfield where I play. He inspires me when I go out to play.

Speaking about England’s chances in the T20 World Cup, George felt confident. He said: “The T20 is very unpredictable. England tends to turn into tournaments, in all sports. I think we have the best batting team in the world. I support us 100%.”

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