Basildon & Pitsea v Woodham Mortimer 22nd April 2017 (Friendly).
Woke up to gloomy grey skies and rain. It hasn’t rained here in Essex since some time in March so I was gutted to look outside and see puddles and drizzly rain. I checked the forecast during breakfast and the prediction was for it to gradually improve. The weather forecast for the country as a whole was northerly winds with the potential for it to be cold, so remembering last April at Chelmsford when it was freezing I decided I’d take a lot of layers.
I picked up our wicket keeper Jamie Britton and we made our way to the ground. As we drove the weather improved and by the time we got there were some glimmers of blue sky. The captain Luke Daw won the toss and chose to bat. The wicket was a little damp, but the outfield was sopping wet. Everyone said that the ball wouldn’t turn that much for spinners.
The image below is their pavilion, so this'll get added eventually to my Pavilion Typology http://www.wristspinbowling.com/pavilion-typology.html
The captain said it was a nice looking ground and sure enough the setting was pretty good. The weather despite the warnings of northerly winds was fair and for the most part sunny for the match and as they day drew on the wicket dried out.
I bowled from the far end in this image below and the shortest boundary was to the right of this image.
This is approximately the field setting the captain Luke Daw set for me which worked out quite well. I generally bowled a good line keeping it off the legs. The main criticism was that given how slow the wicket was and how slow I was bowling, I was about a yard too short (1 Metre). The majority of the singles were scored in zone A, The single 4 went through zone B with a slightly wider ball and with the boundary so short it didn't leave the fielders much to work with. If I can continue with my accuracy as the season continues I may adopt this as my starting field and see what happens and then adapt it dependent on what I can get the ball to do.
We won the toss and batted first, they bowled and fielded well as you can see and we were saved by Paul Singleton's 87. I had a single not out. Unusually almost the whole team was out caught.
Our bowling figures are here below and as you can see the Captain Luke Daw (Finger Spinner) bowled really well 5 runs off 5 overs with a wicket. He should have stayed on or come back on later, but I'm guessing with it being a friendly he wanted every one to have a bowl? No rabbits in this team for me and generally they were good with the bat, one bloke right at the end came out with aggressive intention, walking down the wicket at everything and smashing it for 4's - a bloke called J.Marshall.
On reflection I got thrown the ball for the 20th over, I was fore-warned an over or so beforehand, so didn’t have that much time to worry about it, but I did. I could feel my heart racing and I was trying to think what I should be doing. The weird thing was before I even got there, I had this sense that I was going to struggle getting the ball up there and that probably exacerbated the sense that it wasn’t going to go that well. The plan was to bowl straight at the stumps and spin it as much as possible using my over-spun leg-break. The whole thing felt utterly different to the recent net sessions, and the dampness of the wicket meant that the ball wasn’t going to bounce in the way that it has been in the nets and over at the paddock. I suppose given how crap I felt about the whole thing and the fact that there were a bunch of missed chances according to Yash, it didn't go that bad, no wides, or no-balls and I was only hit to the boundary the once. The biggest concern which was at the back of my mind because of the pain I was suffering was the Plantar Fasciitis, so I was unable to move as fluently as I might and it was a negative aspect before I even got to the crease to bowl the first ball.
I need to work out why I'm suffering so bad and this is despite a week of not practicing with the idea it might get better. Fingers crossed I might get a game next week and I'll try and figure out how to get rid of the PF.