Shiny memories of Brylcream days of cricket

THE ONLY cricket of the weekend on Sunday saw a win for the Sunday firsts against Acton, Ben Hyett and Paul Harris both striking half centuries as Charlie Thomas was back to his consistent best with five wickets.

The Sunday seconds struggled at home against table-topping Bardwell, but at least the ground looked back to its best with a lush outfield surrounding a vibrant green looking square.

The reason for the vibrancy of the square was the first Saturday washout of the season – all three Saturday teams were scratching their heads looking for something to do on a wet June afternoon.

It is quite ironic that before this week only three games in the Two Counties league had failed to start due to weather and only another four or so had failed to finish.

It has been an obviously hot and dry start to the 2011 season, but there has been rain around, the recent Test Match Series between England and Sri Lanka lost almost 400 overs to the weather over the period since May 26.

So it hasn’t been solely the sunshine that has kept us playing.

In respect of the Two Counties where two of our Saturday teams play, they have changed the rules this year, the average points system has changed to a total points system.

This now means when a game is called off instead of a team keeping in exactly the same position, they now only get six points (where a win is up to 20 points), the premier league has increased points if a game gets at least 20 overs in before abandonment and all in all the amount of cricket that gets called off, hopefully, is now less and the players bemoaning the early call off on a dry afternoon should now be quelled.

Talking of the rain I am often reminded by some of the very experienced and learned members of the club, of how games never used to get called off or abandoned.

Teams would retire to the pavilion when it rained merely to stop the Brylcreem running down into their eyes and as soon as the rain stopped, out they would march, no covers to protect the square and no helmets for the batsmen neither, “that was part of the game lad, the batters would just have to watch the ball a bit more carefully”.

It is a different age now, helmets, covers, and V05 instead of Brylcreem, but it wouldn’t half be interesting to see how some of us would fair if we had to play cricket the old, harder way.

Perhaps then the thought of an early call off would suddenly become a little more appealing to some players.