First XI skipper Charlie Randall reflects on a soggy, frustrating weekend but looks forward to sunnier times ahead
IT can be incredibly frustrating when the rain comes and the game you have been looking forward to all week is called off. Trust me, it can be even more frustrating when somehow you dodge the showers and your game goes ahead.
The Firsts were the only senior Park side to get a full game on Saturday and we had a bad day at the office, albeit in difficult conditions. You only had to see the state of Danny Digweed’s whites, above, after one particularly good fielding effort on the boundary.
Training went well on Tuesday with another good turn-out. It was good to see some old faces, with Ryan Skeggs joining us for a good session run by coach Karun Jethi.
Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t so great on Thursday so the session was called off.
Then, Saturday came round with not much hope of playing. We got to Flitwick with morale high within the team following a great result last week.
It was a bit of a surprise to find their ground was playable and we started on time.
But a heavy shower forced us off the field for half-an-hour at a key moment of the game and we lost our way. The interruption was more than just frustrating, it meant we lost momentum and we lost control of the game in the soggy bowling and fielding conditions allowing Flitwick to get away from us.
We compounded things by having a bad day with the bat, rounding off what was a disappointing day of cricket.
But, the new week brings a great opportunity to start again and prepare for Saturday’s home game against Old Finchleians. A win is vital as we need to make a statement to the other sides in the league that we are a hard team to beat at home.
Of course, we will need to put in the hard work at training. With so few senior players getting any match practice on Saturday, it would be good to see a bumper turn-out from players in all teams at the training sessions with Karun on Tuesday and Thursday.
Practice is the key if we are going to return to winning ways on Saturday when, thankfully, the weather is looking more promising.
Perhaps, we should take a leaf out of the juniors’ books. It’s thrilling to see that the junior teams have begun the season in style, with a 100 per cent record so far.
I know how hard some of the youngsters work at their games, dutifully attending indoor sessions throughout the winter and carrying on with their practice when outdoor training arrives.
I watched the under-11s on Wednesday to see players such as Kobie Richmond who has been around the club since, well, before they were born, now working their way through the junior teams and making great strides on the field.
Let’s hope some of their winning ways rub off on us all on Saturday.