With the current onslaught of wet weather hampering the preparation and enjoyment of our recreational fixtures, are you prepared to try and #GetTheGameOn this weekend? The past weekend has seen unprecedented storms this Summer, with a number of fixtures falling foul of the weather, however with the right preparation and determination, a number of Clubs managed to get their matches played this weekend despite the familiar obstacles.
In a recent letter to The Shepherd Neame Essex League Chairman, it is very encouraging to hear the lengths that Clubs are going to get their game played.
On the back of your recent email about negative comments on social media I thought inform you of a very pleasing Saturday 2nd XI game that I played in. Being part of a few committees myself I am very aware that you tend to only hear about negative experiences and problems.
The result of the match itself was disappointing as Epping lost, but the fact that we were able to complete any form of a game was amazing. I won’t bore you with the details but the short of it was that the heavens opened up in 44th over of SLH innings, and I would have banked on there being no chance of any further play. There were massive puddles of water on the outfield, areas were boggy and the pitch also had water on it, even with covers. The amount of rain that fell in a short period was considerable.
With the football that evening, the possibility of getting 6pts each for an abandoned match and the amount of water around there were a lot of reason for calling it a day. This was not the case and credit must go to both captains of Epping and Stanford-le-Hope, as well as the umpire. He was happy to give us the best chance of playing some form of match, within the rules, and both captains were keen to play. The effort from both teams to prepare the outfield and pitch was amazing to see and looked more akin to what you would see in areas of flooding on the news! Our 1st XI scorer summed it up “When I returned to the ground on Saturday I was greeted with the biggest puddle I have ever seen and the sight of both teams barefoot with trousers rolled up sweeping the water off the pitch and spiking everywhere”.
The game went ahead and Epping lost a good run chase and it was an enjoyable end to what could have been a depressing day.
I would like to thank the Stanford Le Hope 2nd XI for their effort on Saturday and in particular their captain, who, alongside Epping’s captain’s, was so determined to complete the game and put a lot of effort in.
League matches, and individual players, tends to sometimes concentrate on winning games and getting as many points as possible, so forgetting that playing an enjoyable game of cricket is, in my view, the most important aspect.
Epping Cricket Club
The Essex County Cricket Board would like to congratulate both Epping Cricket Club and Stanford-le-Hope Cricket Club for playing their part to #GetTheGameOn