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22 POSTS 0 COMMENTSGrowing up in Yorkshire Barry idolised the likes of Jimmy Binks, Doug Padgett, Phil Sharpe, Freddie Truman and Vic Wilson. He played cricket and avidly read cricket books. A major influence in his thinking about cricket was John Arlott.- both for Arlott’s obvious love of the game’s hard working professionals from the county circuit, as well as its stars, and Arlott’s belief that cricket could never exist in a vacuum and should not ignore the world beyond the gates of the cricket ground. This has meant Barry often being disappointed but his love for the game has never wavered, if his love for cricket commentators has. He worked as an archivist, editor, researcher and teacher at UC Berkeley in California before arriving in New Zealand in 2012. For the last three years he has volunteered at the NZ Cricket Museum spending much of his time cataloguing and arranging the Library there. He helped research the Museum’s tribute to some of the New Zealand representative players who took part in World War One and hopes to extend that research. He also writes the occasional blog for the Museum and can often be found muttering to himself in the back office as he catalogues some book that is meant to be “funny.” One day he hopes to write an appreciation of all the trees that have been slaughtered to produce books on “the humour of cricket”.