Guess who's back?!
Posted in Domestic Cricket
You have absolutely no idea how much pleasure I am feeling as I write this blog.
It's been a long and testing time and, although I may not be fully out of the woods yet, I’m back on the park.
It’s probably been the longest I’ve gone without playing a game of cricket since I was 10. You really never realise how much you love playing the game until you are forced to be sat on the sidelines.
There are days in the summer – and I’m sure everyone goes through this from time to time - when you really don’t fancy playing that day. However, having gone through the horrors of being forced to watch for the first two months of the season, I’ll be remembering that the next time I wake up stiff and sore one morning.
Now I must be honest, having sat and watched many wickets fall this year while I have been sidelined, I was kind of hoping that this trend was going to continue as I returned.
Sadly, so far, this has not been the case as both the wicket I played a second team game on in Bristol and the one for my season’s LV= County Championship debut have been two of the flattest tracks I have encountered.
It looks like we need a bit more of the rain that we have seen this week in order for the grass to still be on the pitches after the Friends Life t20 season which kicks off very soon.
Having got through a hard four days on a flat pitch and bowling more overs than was planned the club took the cautious approach and decided that playing back-to-back championship games was too much for me at the moment.
The break that is coming up now in terms of Twenty20 cricket is going to work perfectly. Being able to play in the games and also have a month-long training plan put in place should mean that I can get back to full health and fitness so I can play the rest of the season from here on in.
The Twenty20 season is always a very enjoyable yet tough time of the year (especially for the bowlers). There will be a lot of frustrated batsmen who will be trying their best to hit me into the River Taff!
The Glamorgan side seems to be shaping up nicely. Our overseas import Marcus North is to be joined by fellow Australian Shaun Marsh and also Martin van Jaarsveld. That should hopefully provide the batting firepower we need to really contend in the competition this year.
Alongside these fantastic signings there has also been a huge marketing effort from the club and our ground sponsor SWALEC. Our first home t20 game, which is on June 17, has been sponsored and tickets for this game will be free, in the hope that we can pack out the ground as we get on that winning bandwagon.
There have been some bands laid on for the spectators - including the ‘Monophonics‘, who are a Stereophonics tribute band - and the whole of our campaign is set to go off with a huge bang.
As I write this I’m sat in an extremely wet and windy Colwyn Bay preparing for a one-day game at the weekend, although the way it is pouring down right now even that may be in doubt.
It’s a great feeling to be fit and on the park once again and with so much cricket left this summer it’s about making sure that the body is in tip top condition to fly through the rest of it and hopefully find my way onto an ECB programme again this winter. Or, who knows, I could maybe even play some cricket abroad.