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Re: 2020 season
« Reply #240 on: September 24, 2020, 07:53:02 AM »

I think it's fine for the player but is it OK for the other team? Their juniors get hit all around the park and up and coming batters get bowled out for not very much.

This happens a lot in our midweek league because some of the top teams locally don't have midweek teams. So their Saturday league players tend to join small village teams for midweek with predictable results... Personally I'm fine with it because I'm old enough and I get to face some top level bowling that I don't usually see at weekends. But I'm not sure it's great for juniors who are just trying to transition into our senior squads. They either learn the hard way and improve, which is great, or else they drop out and leave cricket altogether, which is bad...


This is one reason why our midweek team don't play in the league but play bilaterals instead. By playing retire at 25/ 3 overs per bowler we are about cater for a wide variety of ability levels and make sure everyone gets a decent game and no games are dominated by a couple of ringers.

Tbh it's normal for players to want to play with their mates /for the club down the road. All this sanctimonious nonsense about how everyone must play at the highest level they can just ignores the realities of social cricket.
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Re: 2020 season
« Reply #241 on: September 24, 2020, 08:36:55 AM »

There is nothing wrong with playing below your level.

Its amateur cricket so its about fun.. where is the fun in struggling to avg 25 each week ?
Where is the fun in paying some old bloke 55 a week to fire you ?
Where is the fun in teams appealing irrespective if it slightly hits the pad just to apply pressure (again amateur cricket.. there is no fing pressure !)
Having some dude near you spouting obscene or jut down right load of crap in the name of banter BecUse they think it makes them more competitive ..

Or.. its just fun to spend a long while and cash and get a good bat week in week out as thats kinda the point.. its a hobby after all. We are paying a lot to play and giving a lot of time up.

Tbh, its highly tempting to do the same and sack off the higher divs for those that want to think its pro stuff

Ive no issue with it for the right reason, but obvious everyone cant pay below their level!

For reasons out with my control Ive played this summer at a lower level than normal. Ive barely bowled (Im primarily a bowler) as I found zero joy in just knocking people over, and Ive only batted in the top 4-5 every other game as if I opened Id likely bat through the 20 as often as not leaving little opportunity for teammates who are playing at a level suited to their ability. If were still corona effected next season then Ill have to move club (at least for the season) as Im not sure I could deal with another one the same.

Im not saying everyone has to play at the very highest level they possibly can, but I find very little joy myself in success achieved against plays of lesser ability than myself, and dont really understand those who do tbh.

If family/job/covid circumstances mean thats what you have to do (and you still enjoy playing) then fair enough, but I dont think doing it just to be a big noise is a great justification. Anyway this is a discussion for another thread.
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Re: 2020 season
« Reply #242 on: September 24, 2020, 09:10:40 AM »

That post reminds me of my season this year - we played a mini league of 6 in which we were the lowest ranked team (we got promoted last year so presume that seeded us higher). Was an interesting experience, we got on ok - couldn't put great sides out but we turned over a couple of teams who were two divisions above us last year, I got runs in those games so was pleased with that too. It was definitely a reminder that as you get a little higher in the league's the incidence of teams who take themselves far too seriously increases significantly! Sledging levels went through the roof, send offs, players screaming at umpires, swearing, the lot. Was a real relief to finish the season with a friendly against a team we get on with well, even if the cricket wasn't as competitive.
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Re: 2020 season
« Reply #243 on: September 29, 2020, 03:44:52 PM »

I previously posted that I'd been demoted to 8 in the batting order for my Saturday 2ndXI, despite doing ok. We went on to win our group and qualify for the semi-finals. Despite finishing 3rd in the averages I was left out of the team which narrowly lost the semi. Sunday was the last game of the season for my Sunday side and we happened to be playing my Saturday team. So I was determined to prove a point after being left out. I batted at 4 and finished 89 not out in a comfortable win. Very satisfying finish and reminder to them what they might be missing next season.
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Re: 2020 season
« Reply #244 on: September 29, 2020, 04:00:29 PM »

I previously posted that I'd been demoted to 8 in the batting order for my Saturday 2ndXI, despite doing ok. We went on to win our group and qualify for the semi-finals. Despite finishing 3rd in the averages I was left out of the team which narrowly lost the semi. Sunday was the last game of the season for my Sunday side and we happened to be playing my Saturday team. So I was determined to prove a point after being left out. I batted at 4 and finished 89 not out in a comfortable win. Very satisfying finish and reminder to them what they might be missing next season.

Who are you playing for now mate?
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Re: 2020 season
« Reply #245 on: September 29, 2020, 04:16:37 PM »

Who are you playing for now mate?

Himbleton 2's in the Worcester league and Flyford Sunday team.
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Re: 2020 season
« Reply #246 on: September 29, 2020, 05:07:12 PM »

I previously posted that I'd been demoted to 8 in the batting order for my Saturday 2ndXI, despite doing ok. We went on to win our group and qualify for the semi-finals. Despite finishing 3rd in the averages I was left out of the team which narrowly lost the semi. Sunday was the last game of the season for my Sunday side and we happened to be playing my Saturday team. So I was determined to prove a point after being left out. I batted at 4 and finished 89 not out in a comfortable win. Very satisfying finish and reminder to them what they might be missing next season.

Congratulations! no better way to prove a point than performance on the field. How were they afterwards?
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Re: 2020 season
« Reply #247 on: September 29, 2020, 07:07:38 PM »

They were fine, they are a great bunch. Just seem to have fallen out of favour with the second team skipper. He wasn't playing, but he did come down and watch at some point, so knew my score.  :)
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Re: 2020 season
« Reply #248 on: September 30, 2020, 10:57:19 AM »

I previously posted that I'd been demoted to 8 in the batting order for my Saturday 2ndXI, despite doing ok. We went on to win our group and qualify for the semi-finals. Despite finishing 3rd in the averages I was left out of the team which narrowly lost the semi. Sunday was the last game of the season for my Sunday side and we happened to be playing my Saturday team. So I was determined to prove a point after being left out. I batted at 4 and finished 89 not out in a comfortable win. Very satisfying finish and reminder to them what they might be missing next season.

Well done,
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