So another summer and I’m back in the cricket mood. Played in a friendly match in the Bradley Stoke Festival. It was the Festival XI versus Bradley Stoke XI (all from Bradley Stoke Cricket Club). I played for the Festival XI and I’d like to think I did a good showing. I didn’t bowl today which was disappointing but we had some good bowlers so I’m not miffed. I did ok in the field, a little rusty, and had a couple mis-fields on my part. Batting however I had one of my best ever displays. However before I tell you why I should also explain it was also my most injury ridden game.
To begin with I had a huge scab from a friction burn I aquired earlier in the week. On the 6th/7th over I dived for a ball on the boundry (trying to save the beer cart) and landed on said knee. Less to say it was ripped off and bled like a good-un. A quick nip to the Ambulance which was on standby to get it covered and I was back in play. All was well until I got up to the crease to bat. Looked down to sort my line and blood came from my nose, got it to stop briefly, swang and miss at my first ball, only for my nose to bleed again so I retired to get that sorted. After my nose stopped leaking I went back into bat. All was well for an over or two until I hit a nice drive down the ground for a single. As I ran towards the other crease I heard a cry of watch out and before I knew where it was coming from I felt the cricket ball crack me right in the chest. Thankfully it was bang in the centre and as such didn’t hurt or damage me too much; which was nice. Still once that was sorted and I got my breath back I carried on batting.
So that covered I’ll tell you why it was my best batting ever. First of all it is my highest total to date which is 14, nothing special, but for someone who has not been coached properly that’s not bad. What made it my best was some of the shots I played in particular two leg glances that went for four. Not only was I proud of them but getting recognition for the shots from players of BSCC made it for me. In the end I hit three 4’s and two singles and overall I’m proud of each shot. I took my time, blocked where appropriate, dug mysef out a time or two and had my fair share of luck (case in point being when the ball flicked the stumps but the bails stayed on). In the end I went out to a thick edge which went to square leg. At this point I was dehydrated and feeling crap so I that contributed I think but it was also a loose shot so only I am to blame. All in all I enjoyed myself thoroughly and have now put my name down to go play for BSCC as I really do want to play for my local team. I’d like to think I have the raw materials to be a decent/average player and so I’m going to apply myself and try my hardest and see what happens.