To celebrate the 100th issue of All Out Cricket, Jo Harman interviewed Graeme Hick.
Do you remember your first ton?
Yeah, I scored my first century aged six playing for the colts team at Jacobs School against another district school out in the sticks in Zimbabwe. I think I got 104 or 106. I don’t remember much more than that but my dad’s kept a record of it.
Did you score a lot of centuries at that age?
No not really, we played a few matches at that age but not a lot. I think I got my next one when I was eight, playing against another school in Harare – I might have scored 132. These were afternoon matches that would start about midday or 1 o’clock and the batting team would set a total and then declare.
Were you someone who got nervous in the 90s?
I did for a while because on occasions I did get out in the 90s, playing loose shots or trying to get there with a four. But I don’t think I got as nervous as some people I’ve seen. I used to just tell myself ‘Well, I’ve batted for three or four hours, so what’s another five minutes?’ Then I’d get my head down and try and get the hundred.