Manly-Warringah's Cameron Merchant is sticking with cricket
Cameron Merchant walked into the Graham Reserve nets earlier this month with retirement on the table of options. At 37 and with 17 seasons behind him, the Manly-Warringah Cricket Club veteran understands he is closer to the end than the start.
"I went to the nets thinking two things will happen here. Either I can't hit the ball and it's over and done with or I'm just not enjoying it," Merchant told Inside Back.
"Thankfully neither happened. I hit the ball beautifully and had a lot of fun. People ask me how long I will keep going but I don't even know. I'm such a cricket nuffie and I'm still trying new things to get better. As long as the body holds up and I'm enjoying it and contributing, I will keep going."
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Merchant will step down from T20 cricket but is available for all other formats despite a busy work and family life with wife and fellow Married at First Sight star Jules Robinson and their one-year-old son Ollie. He has also joined new head coach Roy Vumbaca's staff as a batting mentor to the club's younger players, already earning rave reviews from those working under him.
Merchant admits cricket would be a memory if not for Jules' support. He said: "We're a team and we work together and she knows how much cricket still means to me. We have a wonderful balance."
Merchant is one ton away from joining Adam Crosthwaite and Terry Lee (15 each) on the club's list of all-time century-makers. Manly's NSW Premier Cricket campaign starts on November 6.
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