Biggest influences on career? My parents, Bernice and Colin, plus my grandad Geoffrey and Jean, my auntie. Their contributions over the years have been remarkable from such a young age. Their commitment and support, especially with transporting me around, has been fantastic and greatly appreciated. They have provided me with the opportunity to be where I am now. Paul Pridgeon and current Shropshire coach Karl Krikken have both helped me display technical attributes to my game that I need to compete at this level.
Best player I have played alongside? I’ve been privileged to play alongside some great players for both club and county, but Ben Sanderson’s the main man. The skills at his disposal are excellent along with the consistent line and lengths that he bowls. It’s allowed him to make his way back into first-class cricket with Northamptonshire and he’s having a decent campaign for them.
Best player I have played against? Playing in the higher tiers of the Birmingham League you face many current ex-pros and current pros, but former Indian Test batsman Wasim Jaffer, now playing for Wolverhampton, makes it look so easy. He’s so elegant to watch, especially against the spinners, and he can score 360 degrees!
Favourite grounds?: I am so privileged to play in such a lovely part of the country with so many wonderful grounds, but playing at Bridgnorth CC on a sunny day there really is no better place. Sidmouth Cricket Club in Devon is another beauty.
What do you enjoy most about playing for Shropshire? Competing in a strong level of cricket. I thrive at representing and doing well for my county. Team spirit is excellent and we have a top set of lads.
Long-term cricketing ambitions? To play the highest standard of cricket I can do for as long as possible and to be a consistent figure in Shropshire cricket across all formats. I would love to be one of Shropshire’s all-time leading run scorers in Championship cricket.
Favourite other sports? I enjoy various sports, mainly football and golf, which I play fairly competitively like my cricket. I will give anything a go.
Picture – Ryan batting at Dean Park Bournemouth 2015