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Posted in Disability Cricket

It would be easy and predictable to bang on about rain. My recent Neuro Linguistic Programming training must be working as I don't feel the urge to!

I think it’s called 'glass half full'.

The England Deaf Squad has played three games over the past six weeks in fantastic conditions and surrounds.

We beat Uxbridge CC on the hottest day of the year in late May and chased a massive MCC total at Lord’s the following day, ending up 60 odd short.

Last Sunday, we were weak in our batting, chasing down a very gettable score of 280 against a Duke of Norfolk XI at Arundel.

Within our management structures we know we are capable of not only competing against strong MCC and Duke of Norfolk opposition but beating them.

Injury and players being unavailable hasn't helped the situation. We have a full strength squad for our forthcoming Cheshire tour in August and I know the squad will perform well.

Being understrength in the last three games has given me an opportunity to try a new partnership at the top of the order and Stephen George has significantly contributed each time with scores of 70-plus.

I addressed the players and management at the end of our winter schedule and quite simply said this summer was about performing. Stephen has delivered.

So to Cheshire after which I will name the new England Deaf Cricket squad for the next 12 months.

It is from this squad that the touring squad will be named, subject to the tour to South Africa being confirmed. I know that I have some key decisions to make.

It’s sunny, I am sat outside having a coffee whilst writing this blog and providing the wickets take a long stud and can be forked at the interval, there is still much cricket to look forward to.

Thanks for reading.