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Waghorn bowled over by Town’s team spirit as Blues’ ‘Freddie Flintoff’ reveals reason for cricket celebration

PUBLISHED: 14:05 07 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:12 07 March 2018

Howzat! Martyn Waghorn celebrates taking a wicket after his second half goal at Hillsborough. Picture PAGEPIX

Howzat! Martyn Waghorn celebrates taking a wicket after his second half goal at Hillsborough. Picture PAGEPIX

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The latest offering from Martyn Waghorn’s goal celebration playbook is another example of the togetherness within the Ipswich Town squad.

Martyn Waghorn celebrates his second half goal at Hillsborough with a cricketing theme Picture PagepixMartyn Waghorn celebrates his second half goal at Hillsborough with a cricketing theme Picture Pagepix

The striker ended a 15-game goal drought as he scored twice in the second half to fire the Blues’ to a 2-1 victory at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night, unveiling a cricket-inspired celebration after netting his first.

Having already shown off two video game celebrations earlier in the season, as a homage to the squad’s liking for Call of Duty and Mario Kart, the latest example reflected a team bonding session over a game of cricket at the Blues’ Playford Road training base during the spell of freezing weather that saw the clash with Hull postponed.

“With the weather being like it has been we’ve been playing a bit of cricket,” the striker revealed.

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“Me and Chambo (Luke Chambers) went and got some stuff from the sports shop and we had a right good laugh while the conditions were keeping us indoors. It’s all a good bit of fun.

“For us as a team it’s just a good bit of bonding to get the boys out there and it’s good to take your mind off things during the season.

“I think we disturbed one of the Under 23s’ sessions the other day but I think they understood and it’s all good fun.”

If Waghorn is to be believed, the Blues could field a solid cricket team if they opted to switch sports for the summer, with the striker as versatile with bat and ball as he has proved on the football field.

Sharp shooter Martyn Waghorn celebrates giving Town a 2-1 lead with a Call of Duty tribute.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMSharp shooter Martyn Waghorn celebrates giving Town a 2-1 lead with a Call of Duty tribute. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

“There are a few decent players,” he joked.

“Myself, I’m probably an all-rounder and I’d probably say, without blowing my own trumpet, I’m a bit of a Freddie Flintoff.

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“Chambo and Skusey (Cole Skuse) are good but Glees (Stephen Gleeson) is an awful wicket keeper to be fair. Myles Kenlock and Tristan Nydam are decent and Ben Morris is a good cricketer too to be fair to him.”

Martyn 'Mario Kart' Waghorn celebrates his goal that gave Town a 3-2 lead over Forest.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMMartyn 'Mario Kart' Waghorn celebrates his goal that gave Town a 3-2 lead over Forest. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Waghorn was delighted to end a run of games without a goal that stretched back to the December victory over Nottingham Forest but insisted he wasn’t overly concerned by his lack of goals.

“It was nice to get that off my back because it’s been a while coming,” he said.

“Personally I’m delighted but overall it’s a very good win for the team. It’s nice to score but overall we’re still going forward as a team.”

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