Blog Update: Summer's Coming

With the season fast approaching last night we had our first outdoor net session ahead of the new season. On the back of a good 1st XI performance on Saturday away against Peper Harow it was good to get back working on our fielding and fitness last night. Saturday’s performance with bat and ball was decent with us managing to restrict the opposition to just 146 in 45 overs and managing to chase it down with ease mainly thanks to Hannes’ brilliant innings of 96. However, there were times in the game where our fielding let us down whether it be from backing up the throw or dropping a couple of catches. Although only a pre-season friendly it is still imperative that we take our catches throughout the season as it can be the margin between winning and losing.

With a good turnout last night at the first outdoor net sessions with Dean of around 15 or so we spent around 2 hours solidly working on our ground fielding, catching, throwing and fitness. It was great to see everyone get so involved with all the exercises that Dean was trying to incorporate into the sessions. Despite a little bit of bumpy start with the ground fielding (mainly due to the outfield it has to be said) things massively improved over the 2 hours. Especially when it came to taking the high catches and the end of the session. A special mention has to go to Pryan for some sublime slip fielding that really raised the bar high.

All in all I felt it was a very good session and it was great to see some new faces down at training whether they be new to the club or those that weren't able to make it to the winter sessions. Next week we will be able to incorporate more cricket skills into the training as we will officially be able to use the whole ground as we will have had the changeover from the football club. Although we will have use of the square and nets I still hope we spend a good amount of time on our fielding and fitness as this is something that can be improved very quickly with committed practice.

These sessions are open to ALL that wish to come down and have a designated coached session. Throughout the season we will still have club nights on a Thursday as in previous years to allow us all to have two opportunities to work on our game ahead of each weekend.

Good luck to both sides who are playing this weekend. Let’s get two big wins ahead of our first two competitive games next weekend!

Winter Update

As we enter week 6 of our winter net preparation I take a look back on what we have achieved so far.....

The most impressive aspect is clearly how the first team lads have thrown themselves into each scenario and given 100% for the full hour (if only we had more time!!). We've had batters running 3s every 4 balls for near on half an hour, bowlers doing variety short sprints in between their spells (Rich Brain near enough passing out), batters boxing when not batting and even catching practice while they wait using katchit ramps.

With only 8 weeks before the boys head over to Wallington we have a lot of hard work to do and it's refreshing to see such a great turn out last week with 9 1st team players all pushing each other to improve.

I'm looking forward to the rest of the winter nets and then hitting the ground running at HQ Worplesdon to ensure we are ahead of the competition.

Looking forward to seeing a great turn out and some new faces before the winters out.

Coach Carter

Blog wk.4 - Richard Brain (Club Captain)

4 Weeks into the Pre-Season Indoor Net Sessions, Dean Carter the clubs’ new Head Coach has proved a breath of fresh air. Working mainly with the first team players during the winter months he has provided net sessions with purpose, innovation and fitness in mind.

Each session is based around a 4 v 4 match based around differing scenarios to make each session unique. I know everyone who has been part of these sessions in the first 4 weeks has found them thoroughly enjoyable even if they are extremely tough.

All Players are invited to attend the sessions to make sure they are ready for the forthcoming season.

 

Blog - Coach Carter

After week one I can say with confidence that the willingness to improve and embrace new ideas is defiantly there. I was pleased to see all the players who were invited to the 1st team net turned up bang on time which demonstrated just how committed the lads are to succeed.

The net went very well with all the lads competing hard and that determination to win will hopefully become ingrained in the group making the side a much tougher nut to crack this year. The stand-out players from week one were:

Hannes Black – who paced his unbeaten innings very well batting for all but 2 balls of his teams allocated time, while also bowling an accurate spell with the ball.

Dave Kitt – metronome with the ball one of the few players not to bowl a single wide, also playing a steady knock to set up the win

Rich Brain – aggressive spell with the ball (call for the lid) and equally enterprising batting from the skipper.

Week two is sure to be tough session with cardiovascular work high on the agenda. Putting in the hard yards now will see the boys reaping the rewards come game time in April.

I look forward to seeing those selected at 7:45pm next Wednesday.

Coach Carter

Blog - Dave Kitt

With the new season fast approaching it will be great to get back in the netting groove this week. The club are taking a new approach this year with the hiring of a Head Coach for our winter sessions which will give a new dimension to how we train. A move towards more focussed net sessions and consequence based nets will test both batsmen and bowlers alike. It will also give us a chance to learn how to adapt more quickly in game situations. I am hoping that it will give us that edge to hit the ground running when the season starts 20th April and before we really have had a chance to net outside.

On a personal level, I am looking forward to building on last season. Following on from winning the bowling trophy last year in the 2nd XI (just!) I am looking forward to taking on the new role and responsibility of helping Rich in the first team as his Vice-Captain. I am hoping that I can contribute with bat and ball helping us build on the wins and positive draws that we managed to pick up last year. These improvements will come from putting in the hours in training and working on all three facets of the game.

I hope to see you all at nets on Wednesday night from 8 at George Abbott. 

 
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