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US journalist’s love for cricket sparked by stint on regional daily

Erik PetersenAn American journalist who fell in love with cricket while working on a UK regional daily has shared his excitement at the sport’s World Cup arriving in the USA.

Erik Petersen has welcomed the arrival of the 20-overs-a-side T20 World Cup, which is jointly being hosted by his homeland and the West Indies.

Erik, pictured, spent 11 years with the Nottingham Post and became interested in the sport after a friend took him to a match.

To add to his excitement, four games in the tournament will be played 10 minutes from his home at Lauderhill, in Florida.

Ahead of the tournament, Erik spoke to James Coyne, deputy editor of The Cricketer magazine, about his experiences at the Post, where he worked from 2003 to 2014.

Said Erik: “About 20 years ago I got a job at the Nottingham Post, and I spent about a decade there.

“I tried first to get into football, but you can only watch Notts County lose 1-0 to places up north I’ve never heard of so many times before you think ‘I’ve got to do something else with my life’.

“A buddy of mine took me to my first cricket match and I kind of never left really. I spent a decade over there really getting into it, and now I’m like that evangelical guy with my friends.”

Erik was also asked by James, who began his career on Bedfordshire on Sunday and is covering the tournament from New York, whether seeing international cricket in Florida was a “dream come true” for him.

Erik said: “You tend to wait for a lot of cricket to come to Lauderhill, so yeah – I’ve been waiting for this one for quite a while.

“Obviously my dream would be to have Notts v Derbyshire in a County Championship match but, failing that, I’ll take a little World Cup T20.”