Unfortunately last week’s game against Whangarei Boys high couldn’t have gone much worse for OC and myself.
We batted first and after our 50 overs we only managed to score 184 for seven, which, as expected was nowhere near enough and Boys High knocked it off with five wickets in hand. We all have to put our hands up and admit that it was a terrible performance and a really disappointing way to start the second half of the season - especially as it was a game that we would have been expected to win.
Our batting lacked any real positivity and the bowling was far too inconsistent, with too many wides and four-balls being bowled to the batsman.
As a side we must learn and move on, we have a big weekend coming up with the first day of a two-day game against Kaipra on Saturday and then the first round of The New Zealand National Championship on Sunday.
This is a competition that the team qualified for last season and one that will involve some of the best players and teams from around the country. Simply put, we must drastically improve from Saturday or else we will find ourselves struggling this weekend.
Now that I am not working I'm trying very hard to keep myself busy. Much of the last week I have spent in the nets, working hard at my game and trying to continue the form I had before the Christmas break.
Not having a job outside of cricket is good for me at this moment in time. It gives me the opportunity to put 100 per cent effort into my cricket, which at the end of the day is the main reason I am here. Hopefully between now and when I leave in March I will be able to see a definite improvement in myself.
The added bonus of not working is that it allows me time to do a bit of travelling around New Zealand and I'm currently planning trips down to Hamilton, Queenstown and Rotorua.
This is something I am particularly looking forward too, being able to see more of this beautiful country and doing some activities that I almost certainly wouldn’t do back home such as Jet boating, a sky dive just before I leave and a trip to 'the Shire'.
It also enables me to spend more time at the beach working on my sun tan, which obviously is of paramount importance.
So over the next week I have a big weekend of cricket ahead, a weekend that, fingers crossed will bring a couple of much improved OC performances.
Then later in the week I am booked in for a cruise around the picturesque Bay of Islands and an open water swim with dolphins. It promises to be an exciting week for me.
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