The weather’s improving and it was light enough this evening to go out after work and have a bowl and younger son Joe joined me and we did some line and length target practice.
After tea we went along to nets at 8.30 and again it was a pretty low turn-out, two lanes were open and then went down to one for the last 45 minutes. Last year and in previous years there’s been 3 nets open and all full up e.g. 5 or 6 blokes bowling and 3 batsmen. I wonder why so few people? Brexit maybe? People know they’re screwed or going to be screwed over the coming years and are tightening their belts?
The blokes that were there tonight were the same lot as last week, thankfully I only had to face 4th and 3rd XI bowlers when batting, but I was the last batsman in that net and so the rest of the evening I was bowling against 1st and 2nd XI batsmen and one 3rd XI bloke. I bowled against one of these blokes last week and he was getting the better of me most of the time, but I did get him at least once and he wasn’t finding it easy. Tonight, though was a different story I got him numerous times, which was satisfying. Then Yash Patel padded up, he’s young about 20-21 and he’s strong, add to that a massive fat bat and the fact that he’s one of the players at our club that has scored a double century and you’re starting to get the picture. Normally when I bowl at him, I bowl and then run out of the way, he hits the ball hard and usually back in the bowler’s direction. Last week I avoided him although I was bowling okay, but tonight I fancied it as I’ve been bowling pretty well.
As he went in I said something along the lines of “Oh no here we go”, and he replied, “What you on about, you’re the best bowler here tonight” and sure enough despite him hitting me for 1 or two 4’s and 6’s I got him 3 or 4 times, interestingly one of the balls was an off-spinning flipper that he played around having bounded down the wicket. A previous one he dug out with the tip of his bat, that one almost got under the bat.
The difference from last year at this current point is the accuracy, length, dip and the fact that it’s turning miles. All of which sometimes comes with drift. It’s all shaping up nicely.