Game played at ‘The Rec’ Langdon Hills.
The last league game for me this season, with the potential for a couple of friendlies in September. Earlier in the week it looked as though this game my be called off as there were no players available, but the club contacted people that no longer play that much and they turned up thankfully, so there were very few in the way of regular players. We had hardly any batting and the bowling was massively weakened with the exclusion of my son Joe.
We lost the toss and Orsett who we knocked over a couple of weeks ago for about 40 runs decided they’d bowl first. Their team looked different to the previous game and they got off to a very good start getting one of our openers in the first over for 0, but then there was a sequence of key wickets at regular intervals. One of the ‘Stand-in’ blokes made a good fist of his innings scoring 42 before being dismissed. ‘Extras’ was the next best scorer who helped us to limp to 109 all out. I went for 0 having faced about 4 balls, I wont even go into how crap it was. So they only had to score 110 off of 55 overs as they’d finished us off within about 30 overs or so.
We had one seam-up bowler – Ryan Davies who opened and I bowled as the opener from the other end.
I’ve been doing a lot of work with accuracy recently and I’ll try and post some stuff tomorrow showing what I’ve been working on. But today it paid off. The two blokes that opened the batting for them scored all their runs and one of them scored a 50 +. Our captain Lee Dutton gave everyone a handful of overs each to see how they got on. I had four and went for 18. Unfortunately I bowled two full tosses which went for 6 and 4, but other than those two anomalies my bowling was pretty good. The ball was turning and I got the edge of the bat two or three times and each time it managed to get past the slips/wicket keeper. But the good news here is that the persistent practice I’ve been doing seemed to have paid off today. I was relaxed, I had a nice relaxed grip, I bowled primarily round arm and the ball was coming out of the hand with plenty of revs. My line and length was spot on with the exception of about 4 balls, the two that went to the boundary and a couple of off-side wides when I tried to bowl faster. I had to bowl into the wind which was tricky and it was a pretty stiff breeze, but one or two of the balls drifted in the 2nd over which was good to see and it looked as though the ball was doing that thing where it suddenly dropped. So all in all a good day at the office as such, my mate Neil who bowls left arm orthodox bowled well too, but like the rest of us came away with no wickets having found the edge a few times and had a few skiers that fell into spaces.
The gutting thing is – after such a poor start season, with injuries and a bout of the yips, it looks like it might be coming together now right at the end of the season. The conclusion that I need to draw from this that at the start of the year I need to be fitter and stronger as it’s obvious that as the season goes on I get fitter and stronger. Also the amount of practice that I do increases exponentially as the summer goes on and to replicate the same levels of practice over the winter is problematic.