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BJ Martin
New Zealand

Full name: BJ Martin
Nickname: Manu, Plus One, Macauley, Culkin, Wolfman, Hairy Hacker
Home Town: Hamilton, Waikato, NZ
Current age: 26
Major teams: TAB
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm Medium
Cricketing Hero: Shane Bond
Song that fires him up: Its Raining Men - The Weather Girls

Mat Runs Balls RPB 6s Ave Outs +25
Indoor 34 606 429 1.41 21 17.82 34 9
Mat Inn NO HS Runs Ave Ccs +50
Outdoor 1 0 0 - - - - -
Mat Ovs Runs Wkts ROs RPB Ave SR -Conc 5w
Indoor 34 68 84 55 24 0.18 1.53 8.65 10 1
Mat Ovs Mds Runs Wkts Ave SR ER Best 5w
Outdoor 1 6 0 27 0 - - 1.26 0-27 4.50

BJ Martin was born and spent the first few years of his life in the heart of the Waikato, Hamilton. Although born in the Waikato, BJ's heart belongs to the province where he was raised; the Taranaki. BJ wholeheartedly supports everything that is in the Taranaki and all of its related sports teams. BJ especially adores the Taranaki Rugby team.

BJ has always been oversized in both frame and personality. At the age of three, BJ was 6ft 7in tall, and although he shrunk to 4ft 11in two years later, he was named Tallest Taranaki Child for 12 consecutive years. BJ has played at a representative level for Taranaki in various sports including bowls, tiddly winks, kabbadi and three day eventing. Eventing was a particular challenge due to a lack of horses of a sufficient size to accommodate BJ's oversized frame.

BJ's facial hair is similarly overcharged. Modern razors have particular difficulty cutting through the thick hairs that populate BJ's face. This means that even the sharpest razors are only able to cut the thinner tips off the end of BJ's facial hair, leaving him with a permanent beard, but only of a couple of millimetres in length.

BJ once competed against the Stratford Glockenspiel Clock for the title of Most Exciting Thing Ever to Come From the Taranaki. BJ defeated the Clock in the first round, but lost out to the Hawera Water Tower in the Semi Final. BJ was highly disappointed and subjects the tower to a stream of invective whenever he drives back to the Taranaki.

Andrew Newman August 2007