Sean Terry is eager to make the most of his Hampshire opportunity – with a few words of wisdom from his dad ringing in his ears.
The son of former Hampshire opening batsman and then manager, Paul, was handed a rare first-team chance against Leicestershire on Wednesday, with James Vince away on England Lions duty.
While Terry follows in his father’s footsteps and normally bats at the top of the order, he was handed a role at number seven in the line-up that suffered defeat in the Royal London One-Day Cup.
But even if it was an unfamiliar role, the 23-year-old showed maturity to pace his innings in his encouraging 63, as Hampshire attempted to stem the flow of wickets and post a competitive total.
And with Vince still absent, Terry looks likely to retain his place in the side who host Northamptonshire today (2pm).
Terry said: ‘It’s pretty rare for me to come in that low in the order. I don’t think I have ever batted at seven for any team.
‘But I didn’t mind where I was asked to bat, even if it was number 11.
‘It was just great to get out there and play.
‘Every opportunity I get, I know that I have got to make the most of it and put my best foot forward.
‘My dad always tells me to use my grey cells – he said the same thing to me on the phone on the morning of the game.
‘It is usually along the lines of “use your brain”.
‘He knows I have got it there but he just tells me.
‘But sometimes, I can play some dumb cricket so I had to use my brain.
‘Even when I was little, if I played a stupid shot and got out, he would tell me the same thing.
‘He’s in Australia and he likes his sleep so I’m not sure he would have stayed up to check the score on the internet!
‘That was a start for me but it’s only a start.
‘I’ve got to keep doing those things.
‘I would hope to stay in the side for the game against Northants but you never know.
‘All I can do is to keep showing what I can do and knocking on the door.’
It was only Terry’s fourth appearance in a limited-overs game for the club, having made his debut against Glamorgan in 2012.
But his hopes of securing a regular first-team berth were hampered by a broken arm he suffered early in the season.
He said: ‘Coming into the season, it was all really positive and then I broke my arm and it threw a spanner in the works.
‘It’s one of those things you have to deal with, but days like that make up for those days when you are sat around feeling sorry for yourself.’
While Hampshire have crashed to three defeats out of four in the revived 50-over competition, they still believe they can recover from their poor start.
But their increasingly distant hopes will become even more unlikely if they fall to defeat against a Northamptonshire side, who have lost two of their first three games.