Demonstrating the importance of patience

NOT only was it six wins out of seven on the pitch this weekend for the club, but there were also some psychological victories too, namely the first team drawing against a strong Saffron Walden side.

They showed that they have embraced the all-day game mentality and proved to the stronger teams in the league that they can happily bat out for a draw, it could be a pivotal moment in what is fast becoming a good first season in the Premier League.

The wins this weekend and the second team’s loss, showed the importance of patience in cricket. Leo Tolstoy once wrote that “the two greatest warriors are patience and time,” and he ought to know having sat down and written War and Peace. It seems a shame he was Russian and would probably never have played the game, as his ideal sits firmly on the front row of cricket; both with batting and bowling.

On Saturday it was the batting element of patience and time that reigned supreme.

Jay Phillips’ epic 35 runs from 163 balls set the scene for the first team’s fighting draw, while at home Little Bardfield embarrassed our second team batsmen with a lesson in how patience early on will win you games.

The thirds have been thankful to John Coone in recent weeks and chasing 190, his opening score of 52 helped towards victory. This from a man who had to patiently wait for his chance to walk again, let alone play any cricket and now he is averaging 62 for 2011.

But there is always an exception to the rule, and this week 15-year-old Charlie Ruffle in a teenage-like rebellion to the patience shown on Saturday, smashed 140 off just 18 overs for the Sunday seconds. It was a fantastic innings of power hitting, including no less than 10 sixes and 15 fours; a big achievement for a young lad whose previous best was 76, look out for his name in the years to come.

Lastly, a little news on our overseas Sri-Lankan star, Hasantha Fernando, who has settled in well in Sudbury. He is coaching cricket to all ages and standards at the local schools as well as the juniors and seniors (of all standards!) at the club.

On the pitch he has now scored two hundreds and taken 11 wickets in just five games, a very likeable chap who never complains but just gets on with the job at hand. Hopefully his strong start will continue well into the summer.