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Having trained throughout the winter, the wait is finally over. All the hard work and preparation is about to be tested. The season has arrived.

Every Saturday night throughout the winter, I was at the Oval training with London Schools. All the practice and hard work has really improved my technique.

I have become much more confident facing pace bowlers and have improved standing up to the stumps when wicketkeeping.

Thankfully, all my hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed. I was recently told that I am going to be captaining the London side this year. This is a great opportunity for me to show my leadership skills and be recognised by other counties. I am relishing the opportunity and can’t wait for my first London game.

Just before the season begins, London held their annual award ceremony. A real confidence booster for me was that I won the best batsman of the year award and was presented it by the England women's batsman Ebony Rainford-Brent. It was a great award to receive and gave me huge confidence going into the season.

I can’t wait for the club season to begin. My first match for Catford & Cyphers Cricket Club is on Saturday and I’ll be playing for the firsts.

Joe Wheal

Winning the London Schools batting award was a huge confidence boost

My club has improved hugely since last season. We have new kits and tracksuits while new nets are being installed. We also have some new players joining the club who will hopefully help get us promoted to the Kent Division 1.

This year I hope to make plenty of runs for the firsts. I hope to score five half-centuries and possibly a hundred. I would love to improve my wicketkeeping but because I am now 6ft 4ins it is becoming much harder.

The burden on my knees and back has increased and I am worried that I will not be able to keep for the whole season. I will continue as long as I feel comfortable and will make sure that I do so to the best of my ability.

All the preparation means nothing if I don’t produce the runs. I can’t wait for the season to start. Bring it on.

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