Posted in Recreational
I'm back training at the Oval with London Schools. After the Christmas break I couldn’t wait to get back into cricket.
I have three different net sessions available for me to attend - Lewisham district, Catford & Cyphers, and London Schools.
I was looking forward most to London Schools training. I hadn’t seen most of my teammates since the summer and was eager to find out how their club seasons went.
London Schools train at the Oval and although the turn out wasn’t great, it’s always a good experience to train on the tricky surface. Unlike normal indoor nets, the Oval’s are quite quick and bouncy. This makes batting against pace bowlers sometimes tricky. However, it’s great practice for the quicker pitches in the summer.
After the first session, my initial responses were pretty confident. The feedback I got from all the coaches was great and hopefully in a couple of weeks they will give me something to improve on.
Whilst batting, I came across a technical fault in my batting. Occasionally, shots off my legs caused me to lose balance. Without being told, I realised that my head was falling over, causing my body to follow it.
During the session I made it my task to keep my head in line. Thankfully I sorted the problem out and was confident playing all types of shots.
Lewisham District nets are also great for working on specific details to my game. Because of the one-to-one coaching, the coach can spot something wrong and quickly sort it out, meaning I improve every week.
Catford & Cyphers training is also really important as it puts me up against the type of bowling I’m going to be facing in the summer. It also gives me the opportunity to gel with my teammates and enjoy what I’m doing.
Before I finish, just want to say a big well done to the boys Down Under. Great performance and the Ashes are coming home.