WELL the sun didn’t quite have his hat on this week, but the rain even stayed off enough for some cricket Sunday and some on Monday.
The big news is that my prediction of silverware has come true early with a win in the first ever CROCKBY cup tournament.
A jazzy, spiced-up Twenty20 tournament at Friars Street was won by us hosts beating the rugby club then the hockey club to clinch the title; although the hockey club took us to wire as we needed six off the last over to win – a thrilling end to a good-natured and fun day.
The day before, Adam Mansfield’s Sunday firsts got a win against Mildenhall.
Hasantha Fernando landed back in the UK with a day to rest on Saturday, as all fixtures were washed out for the second week running, but the longer recovery period for his jetlag worked a treat as he struck 100 and Adam Mansfield continued his remarkable start to the season with 69.
Adam has now scored more than 300 runs already this season – not bad when only one game he has played in has finished in its entirety.
It seems that potential we have all seen for some time is now really shining through for a player who is Sudbury through and through.
With all this miserable weather we are having I felt it right to mention those people who have to crack on regardless, namely our team of groundsmen. Dave Oakes and Andy Dodds have done a remarkable job of getting any cricket played at Friars Street so far this year.
We have 23 weeks of cricket, two games a weekend, five bank holiday matches and countless midweek games, so the pressure for pitches to play on is immense and Dave could have easily called off those days when we have played so far this year, to ‘protect the pitch’; but he hasn’t, he has worked as hard as possible to get cricket played and that is no mean feat when the sun has gone on vacation.
Now some protagonists may think that a couple of called-off games is a good thing for the square, but don’t forget Dave still has to get something prepared in case the game does go ahead, and it is harder to do this when the rain is lashing down than it is on a dry summer’s day.
Likewise, the outfield still needs cutting and the ground maintaining, whatever the weather, and Andy Dodds’ diligent battle with nature continues come rain or shine.
So next time the rains come down (which will probably be as you are reading this), spare a little thought for the groundsmen who probably got very wet preparing the pitch and are now getting wet trying to drain it all ready for what could be another call-off at the weekend – let’s hope this rain does stop, for theirs and for cricket’s sake!