Think ahead to May… it’s slightly damp, you are blinking through the early season gloom and staring down the bumpy-looking pitch at a burly, snorting fast bowler pawing the ground like a thoroughbred stallion at the top of his extremely long run-up waiting to knock your block off with a Mitchell Johnson-style bouncer.
At this point, you ask yourself: ‘Why the hell didn’t I go to at least a couple of nets to get my eye in before Chris Johnson asked me to play two teams above my true level because early season availability was a bit patchy?’
Hmmmm… well, if you don’t turn up to indoor nets you’ve only got yourself to blame if that fast bowler whacks you square on the bounce.
So… save yourself a little pain and get along to Knebworth’s indoor net sessions which resume after the Christmas break on Saturday.
Turn-out before the turkey and mince pie-fest was a little so-so, particularly among the seniors, who, after all, did not exactly set the cricket world alight last year and maybe should think of sharpening up a bit before the action starts at the end of April.
The sessions are held at Nobel School, which has great facilities; there are four nets and the bounce is much more like the typical Hertfordshire low-slow special that you will play on most weeks rather than Hatfield where even the slowest, loopiest leg spinner could get the ball bouncing head high off a full length. Try as hard as they might, Ross Courtney and Gareth Jones could not get the ball over hip height!
The sessions will run every Saturday right through to March 28 and cost a measly fiver or less if you pay in advance.