This season outdoor summer practise or “nets” will be re-structured. For a variety of reasons (some good I am sure) senior cricketers have for a while now shown apathy towards practising over the summer and undoubtedly many would benefit from working on their skills by regulary attending nets. There are plans to significantly improve the outdoor practise facilities, which will involve re-citing the existing 2 bay net and including a third bay but this is dependent on successful grant applications and some club fund raising, which various committee members are working on, so the strong likelihood is that nothing new will be in place for the 2012 season.

Feedback I received to my email about outdoor nets indicated that there was a lack of structure to them, which I agree with. The success of our junior practise sessions are built around commitment from coaches, children and parents, together with well structured sessions; children get the opportunity to work on batting, bowling and fielding with the aid of drills from our qualified coaches and weekly sessions are well attended as a result. I think that our senior cricket section needs to tap in to what our qualified coaches have learned.

A few weeks ago the Senior Cricket Committee met to discuss this subject and a few others. I suggested the club needed one of its lead coaches to run each weekly session so that we avoided the situation of those who do attend drifting off to do their own thing, or some actually standing around chatting rather than doing anything particularly pro-active! 2012 sees each senior side playing at a higher level so the need to practise is perhaps more important than in previous years so if we want to remain competitive a better work/practise ethic is needed. At my request David Bunn has agreed to run weekly senior nets on Tuesday evenings so will, as a result, scale down some of his youth coaching. David is the B team Captain and one of our most experienced coaches who has played club cricket in Norfolk to a high standard; he is still a very fine bowler as his performances in the first team last year demonstrated and I think he is the best person to run senior nets.

We start outdoors on the first Tuesday after Easter and each session will be between 6pm and 8pm. All senior cricketers (I especially would like to see plenty of First and A team players there) are expected and asked to attend. I appreciate good reasons like work, family, school, exams, university and holiday do impact and mean that it is simply not practical to be at each session, but please do make every effort to be there; not being bothered is a poor reason and none of us are good enough to overlook practise. Those who play club football know how important training is to that game and really cricket should be no different.

If you have any questions or suggestions then David and I will be pleased to talk further at indoor nets, which are each Monday until 2nd April of course.

Mark.

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