Wet few weeks

May 3, 2012

Matt SpriegelIn April you expect to lose a bit of time for rain, but thanks to the torrential rain in the last two weeks, the only ball I have been hitting in anger is a golf ball! Cricketers are avid weather watchers, and are always on the look out for a bit of rain. This however is generally at the backend of August when your bodies are beginning to tire after a grueling season, not in April when you are keen to get off to a good start and push your name forward for selection. Having scored a hundred in the first 2nd XI game of the summer, it’s hugely frustrating not to be able to back it up with a couple more scores in the last few weeks.

So what is there to do while it is raining?

Last week we were playing down in Essex at a club ground called Billericay. The nature of club grounds mean that good drainage and extensive covers is the not the norm. With the forecast for the week not looking to dissimilar to that of the Amazon in the wet season, we knew we were going to have to come up with a few ideas to keep Arun Harinath entertained!

Not being one to miss out on an opportunity, myself and Gary Wilson hit the golf course hard! We played 3 rounds throughout the week in an attempt to kill time. There was even some evidence of improvements to Wilson’s shaky putting as the week went on. If we weren’t on the course we were in the cinema or ten pin bowling in the retail park over the road from our hotel, otherwise known as BasVegas.

Defending our crown

The lads are very excited about starting the defence of our CB40 title against Somerset on Friday night at The Kia Oval. We were so consistent in this competition last year, so it will be great to get off to a good start on Friday before flying up to play Scotland on Sunday. Somerset are a quality side, but as we showed in last years final, we know if we play to our potential we can beat anybody. So hopefully the rain stays away and we can start as we left off last year!


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