Although the results of the first league games of the season did not go our way, there are an enormous amount of positives to tell you about.
The 1st XI performed well in the pre-season games against St. Cross and Wokingham and is starting to gel as a unit, this showed in a spirited run chase when we attempted to chase down 361 on Saturday.
The 2nd XI and 3rd XI are charged this year with bringing on some of our more talented youngsters however we also need to ensure a good mix of senior players too and this is part of the reason for my email. We really need more senior players to make themselves available for Saturday cricket where possible and pass on your experience to the Colts. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t played for a while, as the old saying goes; “Form is temporary, Class is permanent”.
We have tried to make gathering availability an altogether easier exercise rather than Captain’s calling round for what seems like hours on a Monday evening. Final selection now happens on a Thursday to give players enough opportunity to make themselves available. This can now be done online using our new tool www.clubhouseapp.com. Many of you will have received an email requesting sign up, it’s quick and easy to do.
The selection panel can then select the final teams from the list of players available for that particular round of games, publish them online and you will get an email to request confirmation of selection, but we need everyone to buy into this in order for it to work effectively. Let’s drive a culture of players taking ownership of making their availability known.
Match days have a very different feel about them this year thanks to Lesley and Christy who open up the ‘Howzat’ Café on game day morning’s for Tea/Coffee and Bacon/Sausage Rolls and also for post-game meals that we share with the opposition.
For those not playing, you are more than welcome to come and join the players for a bite to eat, they are more than happy to have a chat about the game or anything else for that matter!
Your continued support is, as always, much appreciated.
Head Coach and Club Captain