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Shropshire CCC profile: Sam Griffiths

Full name: Sam William Griffiths

Birthplace/date: Shrewsbury, October 13, 1990
Clubs you have played for? I started at Shelton before joining Shrewsbury.

Biggest influences on your career? I have grown up with all of my family playing cricket, however my mum and dad would have to be my biggest influence. They have supported me throughout my career and made it to most of my matches. We have always been a competitive family; my dad, brother and I are always comparing how many wickets we’ve taken.
Best player I have played alongside? The Shrewsbury team which won the Birmingham League in 2013 and 2015 were both good sides with great lads to play with and lots of quality players, but it is also nice to say I’ve played alongside an England International player, James Taylor.
Best player I have played against? Playing for Shrewsbury you always come up against pros and ex-pros but the best player on an opposing team would have to be Moeen Ali. Although I didn’t bowl at him, it’s nice to say I have played against someone like him.
Favourite grounds? London Road, home of Shrewsbury, and my family ground, Shelton, which is currently undergoing exciting new developments.
What have been your cricketing highlights? Recently taking a hat-trick for Shropshire against Worcestershire in a T20 game was a personal highlight, but I’ve loved being part of a successful Shrewsbury team, winning a number of leagues and cups.
What do you enjoy most about pIaying for Shropshire? I enjoy representing my county, playing all around the country and playing at a good standard of cricket with some great players.
Hopes for the season? I’m hoping to take a few more wickets to ensure Shrewsbury and Shropshire have a successful season..
Long-term cricketing ambitions? To continue to play at a high standard for Shrewsbury and Shropshire for many years to come and to eventually return to my family club, Shelton, and play alongside my brother, Ross.
Favourite other sports? I enjoy watching and taking part in most sports, however when I’m not playing cricket, I like to play football for The Boars Head, a local club in the Shrewsbury Sunday League, with my non-cricketing friends.