CT20: Signing off from the Caribbean...23-Jan-2012
Sussex Sharks are preparing to fly back to the UK this week following the Caribbean T20 and Dave Brooks has been updating us from the West Indies.
23rd January 2012
At the end of the day, our young team has found batting hard on turning wickets against a battery of spinners, and then we got rushed out by a pacy Barbados attack at the fantastic Kensington Oval - a venue littered with history.
That game has also made a minor local celebrity of Lids for "clearing one off the line with a firm header" from a Fidel Edwards bumper. The scoreboard had this great "fire" image running across it whenever the Bajan quicks were raging in and it made for wonderful atmosphere in the ground. Mind you, it also erupted when Dwayne popped a fast full toss from Amjad straight out of the ground over the longest boundary at mid-wicket!
And the crowd was boosted by a goodly number of Sussex fans as the Antigua Few were supplemented by some new recruits - inc Lewis Hatchett's Mum!
Thursday saw the players spend the evening in the company of a dozen or so of our travelling Sussex folk. It was a lovely evening and the lads all put themselves around for a chat. Having done the same in Delhi, we have yet another example of why we are all part of such a fine club.
So the rest of the trip is practise, practise, practise. A great opportunity to reflect on what we have learnt, and what we need to learn. A chance to enjoy time outdoors, on the grass nets at the Kensington Oval, before we land back to the joys of the Farnrise Indoor School next week! Now that is going to be a shock to the system.
Having netted on Thursday, and undertaken a very physically demanding "cricket circuits session" on Friday, we had an afternoon to relax - before netting again on Saturday and Monday.
It has been a great trip despite the results. Our bowling stood up well and we know we have depth now for t20, and it was great to see Beero fizz a few past the outside edge. Our batting struggled but Browny showed real nous and temperament, and Gatt offered another glimpse of his growing potential.
So we sign off with some thank you's. To our sponsors - AFINIS, Travel Places, and Watson Associates - without whom this trip would have been possible; to our travelling band of support; and to the West Indies Cricket Board and associated parties who organised everything excellently, and cared for our every need.
Let us hope we return to these fine Islands soon, they love their cricket with passion, and we love their climate - perfect! And now let's see Dwayne power his way to more runs, into the West Indies t20 side, and back to the UK one day.