My first cricket team in London are called the London Itinerants, or 'LICCs', which are a largely social side playing friendly-only fixtures against opponents found on websites such as Gumtree. The cricket is almost secondary to the friendships formed and it's fair to say that some of the team wouldn't bother turning up if a trip to the pub after the game wasn’t a regular occurrence!
The standard of players in the team, and their opponents, varies considerably. Ranging from those that have played 1st XI club cricket, to those that haven't picked up a bat before. This account follows one of the latter players, Daniel Dodman.
Dan has played with the team for three years and has batted in 46 innings, scoring a total of 152 runs at an average of 4.11. Things came to a head in 2010 when he averaged 2.53 from 19 innings with a high score of 9, and scored 6 ducks.
Whilst I have mentioned the main aim of the club is to provide a friendly environment for people to play cricket without a feeling of pressure, it’s understandable that Dan is unhappy with his form and wants to become a better player. To try and make significant improvement for 2011 he has decided to enlist me for 18 net sessions in the indoor cricket centre at The Oval.
This is both a big challenge for Dan, and a challenge for myself as a coach as the results will be clearly measurable in his performances next season. Over the course of the next few months I will be documenting the sessions that we do together, with descriptions of what is going well and not so well, along with photographs designed to demonstrate coaching points clearly.
Please check the Videos section on my website for footage designed to show the progress (or lack thereof) made over the coming weeks!