Evening all. This message may end up being a little long winded but please take the time to read all of it and if you like ( especially those people who played today) let the players read it.
Today’s match was always going to be tough. We were playing the top of the league, unbeaten Walton. They consistently score over 300 runs per game and only by bad luck were knocked out of the cup this week.
Initially it looked like mission impossible. Walton bowled very well on the whole, and apart from some indecision from our running and not doing as well from the tee as we might have, I don’t think we could have done a whole lot more.
We had a low total to defend and I’ll be honest, I thought the boys might have their heads down when it was our turn to bowl.
How wrong could I have been. Even before we went on the pitch to bowl, the boys, brilliantly led by Elliot, we’re giving their own team talk, encouraging each other, suggesting strategy. You name it they said it. All I had to do was ensure they didn’t all speak at the same time! I had to add very little. They were fired up. They were disappointed with their batting and they wanted to put it right. They REALLY wanted this match!
From the very first ball they were at it. They backed up their team talk with the best bowling and fielding display I’ve ever had the pleasure to watch from a TABS team. They were in it together, and they backed each other up with vocal encouragement and advice, and EVERY time a Walton wicket fell the whole team came in high fiving and back slapping. The level of determination, fight and will to win along with a LOT of skill, almost brought about an amazing victory. But that’s not what is important here. I am so proud of the way the boys handled themselves today. They showed an amazing level of maturity and team ethic that will really benefit them in the future and I was seriously impressed.
When we had our little post match chat, there were a few (8) glum faces. They’d absolutely given their all to turn the match around, but I wasn’t glum. I was buzzing with pride and I told them so. I don’t think it made them feel any better. So I’d like you (parents)to let them know that what they did today in the field was amazing and I am a very, very proud coach. Well done boys.
Can I also mention, the support from the boundary edge was also excellent. Thanks for bringing your boys today and I hope you were as impressed with them as I was. They are a credit to the club. See you all on Wednesday. Kind regards, Andy.