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    2018 Season

    OK so it's the start of the cricket season, which means it's time for us all to come together in this safe space where we can vent about how unfair cricket is and how we'll do better next week.

    Had a friendly on Saturday and made a majestic six runs. Creamed a classy James Vince cover drive for four which was followed up by a tame pull to square leg

    First competitive match is this Saturday, we'll see if it gets any better.

    So let's have it, what are your goals for the season, have you played any games, how have they gone so far etc. etc.

    @Rana @rahulrulezz @Suleiman @Kiri @mastersaan10

    Oh and of course, time for more excuses from this guy:

    Quote Originally Posted by shaz619 View Post
    Am going to return next summer @Big Mac to end your career for good
    Come to the nets and get your phainty


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    hey so far practice games and already made a 74, followed by 13.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mastersaan10 View Post
    hey so far practice games and already made a 74, followed by 13.
    You had a century or two last year didn't you? Or am I thinking of someone else?

    Got our first league game this Saturday, I haven't bowled a single ball all off-season so I'll probably be asked to bowl my full complement.


    I just need to decide whether to destroy the opposition with gentle medium pace pies or gentle leg-spin pies

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Mac View Post
    OK so it's the start of the cricket season, which means it's time for us all to come together in this safe space where we can vent about how unfair cricket is and how we'll do better next week.

    Had a friendly on Saturday and made a majestic six runs. Creamed a classy James Vince cover drive for four which was followed up by a tame pull to square leg

    First competitive match is this Saturday, we'll see if it gets any better.

    So let's have it, what are your goals for the season, have you played any games, how have they gone so far etc. etc.

    @Rana @rahulrulezz @Suleiman @Kiri @mastersaan10

    Oh and of course, time for more excuses from this guy:



    Come to the nets and get your phainty

    Had a game on saturday, we won. Bowled 2 overs 6-1 against a mixed first/second team opposition


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    Match yesterday was rained off, I wont be free to play until June now

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    Played my first game last week. A T20.

    Took 1-8(3) and came in at #5 to finish the game with 4*

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    Last Saturday I won my first game in over a year

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    Quote Originally Posted by hadi123 View Post
    Last Saturday I won my first game in over a year
    Congrats!


    I'll be playing this Saturday, first game of the season after having done nothing but get fatter and lazier over the last 8 months. So I'm the most unfit I've ever been in my life and I'll be fasting as well, should be fun

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    In the middle East, with temps > 45 during day - its the end of the season - we start in October/November


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    In the middle East, with temps > 45 during day - its the end of the season - we start in October/November
    Well then you can keep this thread alive in the winter with tales of your playing heroics

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Mac View Post
    Well then you can keep this thread alive in the winter with tales of your playing heroics
    or disasters!


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    or disasters!
    That's the spirit!

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    Back to losing today, not surprised. Used to it. However, was happy with my own performance. We were bowled out for 65 or something and I scored 8 not out which was frustrating as we still had lots of overs left but was batting at 10 so ran out of partners .

    Took 2 wickets and bowled economically but we were always gonna lose. Opposition bowlers were nothing special, so slow but straight, all our dismissals bar one were lbw/bowled, frustrating we lost wickets to average bowlers just missing straight balls. I was just defending straight ones and getting runs on the not so good bowls.

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    Playing in Ramadhan was not a good idea

    Bowled my first balls since the end of last season (and that includes nets), first two balls no-balled for height and the rest weren't much better

    Then after 45 overs in the field I was more or less dead, ended up batting at 5 and felt so ill I almost asked someone else to go and bat instead. Managed to get 22 before the heatstroke kicked in and I play a sweep, a shot I haven't played once in two seasons, and was bowled.

    We won and Ramadhan ends before the next game so it's not a bad way to start my season I guess.

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    Also, at one point we were 133/2 and our #3 had scored 103 of them. Of that 103, he had two singles and one two

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Mac View Post
    Playing in Ramadhan was not a good idea

    Bowled my first balls since the end of last season (and that includes nets), first two balls no-balled for height and the rest weren't much better

    Then after 45 overs in the field I was more or less dead, ended up batting at 5 and felt so ill I almost asked someone else to go and bat instead. Managed to get 22 before the heatstroke kicked in and I play a sweep, a shot I haven't played once in two seasons, and was bowled.

    We won and Ramadhan ends before the next game so it's not a bad way to start my season I guess.
    Two no balls for height should technically result in you being taken out of the attack, happened to one of our bowlers a couple of weeks ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hadi123 View Post
    Two no balls for height should technically result in you being taken out of the attack, happened to one of our bowlers a couple of weeks ago.
    Yeah, luckily I bowl leg-spin and the first one was down the legside (as I said in another thread, my bowling was Adil Rashid-esque) so the batsman wasn't in any danger.

    I've been trying to replay everything in my mind and I think I know where I went wrong in my action. It's difficult when I haven't been to the nets, and because my spinning finger is pretty busted I can't bowl leggies in the nets anyway otherwise my finger won't be ready to bowl again on Saturday.

    I have to make adjustments to my technique in my mind and then try and put it into practice in the middle of the game.

    Either that, or I start bowling seam up

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    So the opposition put us in to bat on a damp wicket after overnight rain, we lost 5 wickets after 6 and a half overs and I walked out to the middle at 60/6

    I shelved the attacking shots and just tried to hang around as long as possible, only made 21 but we put on a partnership of 85 thanks to the dodgy bounce adding on quite a few byes to the total.

    Felt pretty comfortable for the most part but I'm still falling over too much, which led to me being LBW to a big inswinger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Mac View Post
    So the opposition put us in to bat on a damp wicket after overnight rain, we lost 5 wickets after 6 and a half overs and I walked out to the middle at 60/6

    I shelved the attacking shots and just tried to hang around as long as possible, only made 21 but we put on a partnership of 85 thanks to the dodgy bounce adding on quite a few byes to the total.

    Felt pretty comfortable for the most part but I'm still falling over too much, which led to me being LBW to a big inswinger.
    Did you win or lose? My team lost yet again, no idea why our captain always bat first, we always collapse and then have way too little runs to defend. The one match we won, we bowled first, limited our opposition and just about chased it down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hadi123 View Post
    Did you win or lose? My team lost yet again, no idea why our captain always bat first, we always collapse and then have way too little runs to defend. The one match we won, we bowled first, limited our opposition and just about chased it down.
    We won. We were 170 all out and we managed to win by 20 runs or so in the end, after we lost a couple of overs to rain in the second innings.

    The start of the match was absolutely nuts though, the first over lasted about a dozen deliveries and then the second over was when the fun began.

    There was a wicket off the first ball of the over, off-stump went for a walk.

    Then an LBW appeal from the next delivery. The umpire looked like he gave it out but then seemed to change his mind when the batsman complained it hit his forearm/wrist (Which it absolutely did, I was umpiring at square leg and it definitely wasn't LBW) so the opposition were pretty annoyed

    The next ball saw a top edged flick that should have caught at fine leg but the fielder didn't run forward so it landed safe, now the bowler is really annoyed

    Then the fourth ball was hoicked to the square leg boundary where the fielder was waiting to take a simple catch, only to see the ball hit an overhanging tree branch which meant six runs instead of a wicket. Now they were absolutely fuming

    Fifth ball saw a wicket and I can't even remember the sixth ball.

    That was just the first two overs of the game

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Mac View Post
    We won. We were 170 all out and we managed to win by 20 runs or so in the end, after we lost a couple of overs to rain in the second innings.

    The start of the match was absolutely nuts though, the first over lasted about a dozen deliveries and then the second over was when the fun began.

    There was a wicket off the first ball of the over, off-stump went for a walk.

    Then an LBW appeal from the next delivery. The umpire looked like he gave it out but then seemed to change his mind when the batsman complained it hit his forearm/wrist (Which it absolutely did, I was umpiring at square leg and it definitely wasn't LBW) so the opposition were pretty annoyed

    The next ball saw a top edged flick that should have caught at fine leg but the fielder didn't run forward so it landed safe, now the bowler is really annoyed

    Then the fourth ball was hoicked to the square leg boundary where the fielder was waiting to take a simple catch, only to see the ball hit an overhanging tree branch which meant six runs instead of a wicket. Now they were absolutely fuming

    Fifth ball saw a wicket and I can't even remember the sixth ball.

    That was just the first two overs of the game
    What club do you play for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hadi123 View Post
    What club do you play for?
    Harborne, in Birmingham. I'm old and rubbish so I'm usually in the 5th/6th XI, unfortunately we don't have an 8th XI which is why @shaz619 can't get a game

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    Welp, I've been asked to captain on Saturday

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Mac View Post
    Welp, I've been asked to captain on Saturday
    Throw in the towel

    Or select your buddies


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    Throw in the towel

    Or select your buddies
    Chairman of selection has given me the XI, I am a dummy captain


    Never captained before and I recognise like three or four names on the team sheet, including my own, and we don't have a keeper at the moment. This is going to go well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Mac View Post
    Chairman of selection has given me the XI, I am a dummy captain


    Never captained before and I recognise like three or four names on the team sheet, including my own, and we don't have a keeper at the moment. This is going to go well
    Don't use any sandpaper and you'll be fine


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    Don't use any sandpaper and you'll be fine
    Don't worry, I've got plenty of sunscreen though

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    Not playing tomorrow as our 3rd XI conceded due to lack of players Was nearly pushed up into the 2s though but just edged out Oh well.

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