New season = new challenges = be prepared
Well, the time is almost upon us to dig out the cricket bag from the garage, dust off the whites, oil the bat and turn the arm over in the nets. The new cricket season is nearly here!!
There will be some new faces on show this season for Fringford CC (a warm welcome to those newbies) and this coupled with a strong youth contingent, helped along by a few experienced (doddery) old blokes, should hopefully lead to some good, competitive cricket this summer.
Although the team finished safe from relegation at the end of last season, injuries, lack of availability and a certain lack of application in some quarters, led to a somewhat disappointing season and the skipper and committee have high hopes of raising performance levels this year.
As a team, let’s approach the season in a positive manner from the outset, starting with attending net sessions wherever possible and by communicating your availability to the “Major” at the earliest opportunity.
Pre match warm ups certainly added a percentage improvement to performance and it is my intention to carry on conducting these prior to both innings, so be prepared to limber up early.
A fines system will be run again this year (max £2.00), so be prepared to be critiqued (and fined accordingly) on your performance and antics, both on and off the field of play.
If you wish to show off your superhuman qualities and score 50’s and 100’s, or take match winning 5 wicket hauls, please be prepared to dig into your pocket and “get a jug in” for the mere mortals in the team, so they can toast your immortality and deity.
The serious reason behind all these points is that, at any level of sport, it is proven that a team that bonds, socialises and works hard for each other, both on and off the field, will remain motivated and perform to a higher standard, which, in a competitive division, may prove the extra factor between winning and losing (and I am sure no one likes the “L” word!!).
I look forward to seeing you all at the nets and then again on the hallowed ground at “Fringers”, asking for your support and commitment along the way, the aim being to make this a season to remember!!
Onwards and upwards