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Cricket Diary: Preparation & Pre Season Training

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Batting For Caverswall Cricket Club 1980
Batting For Caverswall Cricket Club 1980. This will have the Under 18’s, my last season before going to America to study.

Preparation and Pre Season, possibly two concepts not too high up the priority list of your typical club cricketers, but it is fair to say at the grand old age of 57, and having not played a game of cricket for 33 years I am far from being your typical club cricketer. Factor in my borderline compulsive tidiness, 5 operations on my knee, a trapped nerve in my shoulder, two degenerative vertebrae in my neck, a chronic back problem and a body that has not seen any serious exercise for the best part of 20 years this indeed promises to be a “season like no other”

Despite all of the above I have spent the winter buying more cricket gear than a seasoned Pro would need, have spent hours getting the body into something that resembles the shape associated with someone that plays a sport, and have rehabbed my old injuries with an enthusiasm I had long forgotten I had.

I am signed up on (4796818), have paid my membership to Penkridge Cricket Club, will be joining my old club Barlaston Cricket Club so that I can net with them (they are local to my parents so will be a convenient option), and now await the new season with as much enthusiasm as I did all those years ago!

I have written about playing cricket again, and have reviewed my (many) purchases, but this post is the start of my Cricket Diary as I journal my return to this beautiful game.

March is going to be a tough month for me exercise wise: I have wintered reasonably well, but Lockdown has not been too kind on me, so I need to up the general exercise levels as well as find time to work on some ‘cricket skills’: throwing, catching, maybe some bowling, and fielding. First task will be to find somewhere to do this.

I will probably need to find a training partner once COVID-19 allows, but in the meantime I have Sandra (wife), practise balls, baseball mitt and a Gray-Nicolls Cloud Catcher to get things going. I also have three dogs, but best that can be hoped for from them is an audience as they have no interest in either chasing or fetching a ball.

On the subject of beauty I was inspired by a number of great (and not so great) pictures on Twitter over the weekend as a combination of some (brief) sunshine and a promising roadmap out of Lockdown towards normality saw the groundsmen start to prepare the grounds, and players start to think about playing again.

Without doubt the old appetite has been well and truly wetted, and there really are fewer sites better than a well turned out local cricket pitch.

Penkridge Cricket Club
Penkridge Cricket Club where I will be playing my cricket this year (subject to selection). Thanks to Nick Giles for the photo.
Barlaston Cricket Club. The “new” Club House – well new since my day! Thanks to @BarloCC for permission to use the photo. I plan to sign up as a playing member so I can net with them and who knows if they really really short …. or maybe an Old Boys game?!
Caverswall Cricket Club
Caverswall Cricket Club. Those trees are a LOT bigger than they were 33 years ago! I have yet to call into the club since we have been back, but I intend to once COVID-19 allows, but as I was driving past I thought I would take a photo from the end of the drive to add to this post.
Porthill Cricket Club
Porthill Park Cricket Club. Thanks to @PPCC_Cricket for permission to use the phto
Potterne Cricket Club
Potterne Cricket Club. Thanks to @Potterncc and @jackcolyer2025 for permission to use the photo
Ynystawe Cricket Club
Ynystawe Cricket Club. Thanks to @ynystawe_ycc for permission to use the photo.
Huw Turbervill's Messy Kit
Huw Turbervill’s (Managing Editor of The Cricketer) Messy Kit. Thanks to @huwzat for permission to use the photograph

I mean, where to start?! I need something a lot stronger than tea when I look at this photo.

First, keeping your kit in a shed! If space is limited in the house surely the kids can sleep in the shed, do you really need a kitchen? The least you could have done is cropped the photo.

Second, classic cricketer! Not a folded item in site, yet each article of clothing with a tale to tell (maybe not the new cricket shoes as they smack of end of season gift).

Third, bails! Why?

Fourth, envy! Unlike myself who will turn up on day one with all the gear and no idea and resembling the kid who has moved school a year after everyone else started, this collection just shouts out ‘Terry Jacks’ – if you didn’t get the reference click here

Right, will leave it at that for this week, will provide a regular progress report, but for now I am off for a run!

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