Will’s World Cricket Column: opening weekend disaster

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“IF you can meet with triumph and disaster, and treat those two imposters just the same ... Yours is the earth and everything that’s in it, and – which is more – you’ll be a man, my son,” so wrote Rudyard Kipling.

Well Johnny Gallagher will probably be thinking about that this week as on his debut in the EAPL — indeed on Sudbury’s debut in the EAPL — he took a hat-trick as the new kids on the block rolled Halstead for 116.

But where there is a yin, there is a yang, and disaster struck as all the jubilation from the bowling display was forgotten as Batch’s men fell four short.

I felt a little sorry for Johnny, our very own Welsh wizard. What could have been a great day for him ended being a bitter pill, indeed it was for the whole team who came so close to a 30 point start.

In all honesty it wasn’t the start to the league season we hoped for as all four teams suffered defeat on the first day.

The Sunday firsts will be kicking themselves not to have won in defence of their crown as they restricted a strong Bury side to just 187.

But then Mr Kipling did also say: “If you can ... lose, and start again at your beginnings, and never breath a word about your loss ... you’ll be a man, my son,” and that bodes well.

It might not have been the ideal start but this week the players will be working hard on their game. We will forget the last week and look forward to some wins during the royal wedding weekend.