Monday, 30 March 2009

And they ran away...

The much anticipated start of the super league was a bit of an anticlimax for us as our opponents, the Indo-Pakistan Cricket Club, abandoned the match after only 16 overs, following a dispute with the umpires which boiled over at the first water break. I always tell people that I learn something new every time I play this game and this was definitely a new experience for me...standing at the crease waiting to bat while the opposition file out of the ground like rats leaving a sinking ship.

The last few weeks have been rather surreal with all sorts of happenings...real and imaginary... off the field, but precious little action on it. The upshot of all this is that we face an uphill task now to realise our promotion goal; only the maximum 10 points from our last two games will guarantee us top spot, so we need to focus on our cricket and put everything else out of our minds. After the season we can deal with those matters.

So on to IMCC next week, before the final showdown against the Lekki boys over Easter weekend. Strap in, it's going to be a rough ride.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Waiting Waiting...

It's been almost a month since our last game, and still we don't know who we are up against in the Division II play-offs. The boys are restless and ready to go, a lot of words have been spoken, but now we want to get back to action on the field.

There has been almost as much activity off the field as on the park, and not all of it has been constructive in my view. Cricket in Nigeria has been around a long time, but we still have a long way to go in terms of how we run the game. Anyway, we hope that things progress, and if we can improve the organisation and structure, the cricket will improve too.

In the immortal words of Paddy.. "It is break over...." Those that know, know the rest