Posts Tagged ‘cricket nets’

Distinction

Eliza

Eliza’s autumn of faultless examinations continues. She achieved a distinction in her grade 2 piano. We met her music teacher outside school. She was more excited than Eliza and went through each of her marks, repeating that Eliza had scored 30/30 for her first piece.

Gabe

Gabe dropped out of county advanced cricket nets. He went to two of the first three weeks, both times needing persuasion. After a long chat, I accepted that if he wasn’t enjoying it he need not go. Gabe had disliked being so young and small in a group of 13-18 year olds and not having anyone he knew in his net. I spoke to one of the county coaches, who confirmed it was a very advanced group with several county under 18s and one on the elite pathway. He agreed it was better to quit than continue unhappily and hoped Gabe would return at some point on a future course.

Robin

Robin has played two evenings of indoor cricket matches in recent weeks. I cannot account for the sudden development in his batting. As recently as September, I was under-arming balls to him in the club nets; he would swipe, miss or edge, and end up on the ground. Gentle prompts to swing with a straight bat were not well received and so I left him to thrust and mow.

Now, though, suddenly, he is playing drives with a clean straight swing and transfer of weight to his front foot. The explanations he’s offered are that he has concentrated on batting as his bowling hasn’t been as good as before and that he’s watched cricket on TV. Neither convince me, but whatever the influence, it has worked.

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County nets

Gabe

Gabe has had his first visit to the advanced county cricket nets. He became increasingly anxious in the build up – that he wouldn’t be good enough, that he wouldn’t be wearing the right clothes. In the car on the way there he said he didn’t want to go and did he have to? But into the sports hall he went.

For two hours I had only fleeting glimpses of him through the glazed panel of a door, as the venue had no viewing facility. Out he came and I resisted the need to know how it went and asked if he was hungry, cold, tired. But within a couple of minutes, he said “That was fun,” and went on to talk about the shots he played, how he had swung the ball and how the coach had turned the net practice into a game.

Robin

Robin has made it into the school choir. After several weeks practice, he gave his first performance at a local church. L attended and found him sitting in the front row. He sang heartily but fidgeted and fiddled throughout the concert, not yet having that self-control expected of choristers – especially those in the front row.

Eliza

Eliza is counting down the days (eight, now) until her birthday. She found cause for a little regret this evening. No-one would believe she was ten, when next week she attains double-figures, she said, because she’s so small.

Just the three at home

Gabe

With Eliza and Robin away at a sleepover from the mid-afternoon, Gabe had what he recognised to be the longest time alone with L and I since Eliza’s emergence ten years ago. He and I used the initial hours to go to the cricket nets on the last day before they are brought down for the winter. He gee’d me up to bowl, which I did as fast as I could, without troubling him. He then bowled quick and straight at me until it got too dark to carry on.

Back at home, Gabe and L watched ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ – unsuitable for younger siblings – and we ate together. But Gabe was unhappy at bedtime as he didn’t like being alone upstairs.

Eliza and Robin

Eliza and Robin stayed with their best friends, also brother and sister. Eliza and E made videos together. One, in which Eliza starred, was sent to L for us to view. Robin and A played football in the afternoon, evening and morning – getting up and playing in their pyjamas in the garden.

 

Hat-trick

Gabe

A notable hat-trick for Gabe in and around cricket practice:
1. Talking to Robin about why he hadn’t wanted to go to practice the previous week, understanding the reasons and helping find solutions.
2. Coming to the first half of the session and helping out with the younger kids’ practice.
3. Netting with a group including boys two years older and much bigger than he. He batted bravely against the fastest bowling he’s faced and bowled a 14 year old.

Eliza

Eliza with a book is peaceful, contained and at ease. She surprised me today, showing me how she read a book upside down. Why? Because it’s fun, not that reading isn’t fun anyway, she was quick to reassure me.

Robin

At tea time, Robin said, “I don’t know what my life would be like without C.” C is Robin’s closest friend. At school, football club and whenever they can persuade parents to organise a visit to each other’s home.