Self-confessed ‘worst cricketer in the world’ wins over Marnus Labuschagne with heartwarming story
Self-proclaimed ‘worst cricketer in the world’ finds a HUGE fan in Aussie Test star Marnus Labuschagne after battling brain disease and family tragedy to become a local legend
- A local British cricketer has wowed an Australian star with his unique bowling action
- George McMenemy used cricket as therapy to deal with trauma
- Labuschagne told the cricketer he was ‘an inspiration to all of us’
British amateur cricketer George McMenemy has stunned Australian superstar Marnus Labuschagne by showing off his unique ‘skip and a hop’ bowling action at a local match.
The self-proclaimed ‘worst cricketer in the world’ and fanatic of the game posted a video on Twitter of his highly unusual lead-up and delivery — but it’s his backstory that really caught the Aussie Test batter’s attention.
George McMenemy pops in to bowl for his cricket club at Newport Inn. He uses cricket to cope with the trauma of his mother’s sudden death
The Winchester bowler, who wears suspenders when he enters the field, has an odd approach to the crease, stepping to the side in a dance-like routine before running the ball high in a slow throw.
He has overcome the brain disorder dyspraxia, which impairs coordination and motor skills but has no effect on intelligence.
Folks I may be a fool I may be the worst cricketer in the world but this sport saved my life, enriched my sanity and gave me a platform to be happy again and try to make my incredible mama proud in heaven. Cricket I love you,” McMenemy tweeted.
The video has racked up 12,000 likes and 800 retweets — along with a big thumbs up from Australian star Marnus Labuschagne.
McMenemy posts Labuschagne’s response to his personal Instagram, writing ‘I just cried tears of joy’
“This is fantastic George – you are an inspiration to all of us – thank you for sharing your love for the best game in the world,” said the 28-year-old.
McMenemy – who credits the game for saving his life – was overjoyed at the response, replying, “I just cried tears of joy. I can’t believe some of my heroes are contacting me.”
In 2017, McMenemy’s mother Tracey died in her sleep, just four days before he was due to start college.
After the sudden tragedy, he postponed his studies and struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), at one point contemplating suicide.
The Ashes series that same year became McMenemy’s only escape from an otherwise dire situation, and he joined his local Newport Inn Cricket club in Braishfield, 80 miles southwest of London.
Since then, George has become a local legend and his antics both on and off the field have been shared via Twitter.
McMenemy sports braces every time he plays and has been awarded as the club’s most improved player in his first two years.
McMenemy gives new meaning to the term cricket fanatic. He didn’t do well as Australia dominated England 4-0 in the 2021-22 Ashes series (pictured)
He was awarded the club’s most improved accolade in his first two seasons, and regularly hints to England’s selectors that they should pick him for the upcoming Ashes series.
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