1st Grade Fringe
- Sep 12, 2017
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I can definitely understand that the underarm game would have motivated you to play cricket. I actually used to wear a beige cricket t-shirt around Perth that had a picture of the underarm incident and a caption "It's just not cricket"Thanks for your response warriors55
Given your background and passion think you would enjoy double following both this cricket thread and the forum I Follow
Suspect I am a bit older. The first fine I watched was the underarm game.
I told my mother I wanted to play and that was that.
I am impressed you cracked the first eleven in 4th form
I didn’t properly make it until 6th form but had been a part of the greater 1st eleven and 2nd eleven squad since much earlier.
I was a dedicated trainer and based on other kids quitting to party and surf and skateboard I made the Hamilton Under 18s
I then faced a crossroads of pursuing cricket or trying to fix my failing grades and studying to ensure I got into university.
The kids who played had doors opened for them eg lower level league cricket in England with a wage to play as well as top level coaching.
I played 25 more years of club cricket including time in a premier division in an associate country while I lived overseas.
I was a batsman
I finished with 3 centuries and about 30 to 40 fifties
Due to over constraints most times only had time for 50s
Cricket is s cruel game and have several memories of times the game depending on me to bring home and failing and it is also delightful as have memories of close last ball victories against arch rival teams of sledging Australians.
I want to find a way to give back to cricket and wish I was a cricket coach for 3rd to 4th formers
Cricket requires kids to self coach themselves and I think that is wrong
Want to show the kids things I wish I had been shown.
I think I will limit my response there in terms of length
Sounds like you are very passionate about the game and 25 years of club cricket is a huge achievement!
I think I got a bit lucky in that my first X1 needed one player (batsmen) towards the end of form 4 and I happened to be the best batsmen from the 2nd X1. Then I just stayed in the team from then on. Our first X1 team was really strong in form 4 and 5. However in form 6 and 7 most of our good players had left and we were absolutely terrible. All the players I had played with in form 3 and 4 (when we won the comp) had dropped out. When I was in form 6 I was the only form 6 or 7 in the team.
That's when I started having back/shoulder problems and could only field in slip as I couldn't throw the ball at all. Affected my batting as well.
Never scored a hundred but scored a lot of 40 & 50's in college. Our batting lineup was so weak in form 6 & 7 that I became completely defensive as if our top 3 were dismissed we would collapse every time. My scores decreased a lot during that time. Then I played 1 season of senior social club cricket and had to give the game away. Never lost the passion for it though.
You are right that cricket can be a cruel game. The world cup final is a great example of that.
It is great that you want to give back to the game. Coaching quality at that level can be very low. I never had any proper coaching on technique or anything like that. I'm sure you would have a lot of knowledge to share.
I'm lucky that I can stay involved through my daughters team. There are some great female players coming through the ranks. In another 5-10 years we are going to have a really strong national women's team I think. The issue is how many of them stick with the game as they get to the age when they start working and having social lives etc.