Richard Cadey's cricket team's inaugural match
Back in June Richard Cadey was challenged to create a cricket club - here he is to tell us about the club's inaugural match.
As I write this my head is still fuzzy following a celebratory drink in the wake of the Torrance Community Cricket Club's inaugural match. Rewind to the beginning of June and there was no TCCC. However, having been set a challenge of forming a cricket team in my village just north of Glasgow by MacAulay & Co three months ago, I am now the proud captain and chairman of a club of 30 cricket enthusiasts! Only myself and vice-captain Graeme (my Aussie ringer) have actually played the game before. While seemingly only too pleased to grasp the opportunity to come out of the cricket 'closet', everyone else was a complete novice.
After 10 weeks of practising every Saturday morning come rain or shine (usually rain), we took the field for our first match against Gargunnock CC in the shadow of Stirling Castle. The sun shone and our bowling and fielding was superb. I was filled with pride to see the guys throwing themselves in front of speeding cricket balls with no fear of personal injury, intent only on saving runs. What's more, they clung onto every catch that came their way!
After tea we set about our target of 144 runs to win. I led from the front and opened the batting with Graeme. I managed a small but perfectly formed 5 runs before getting out the 1st ball of the 3rd over - not for a spot bet incidentally. I was gutted... Sulkily I watched the remainder of the game from the sidelines and my team of rookies were inspirational. I looked on in awe at their efforts and marvelled at Graeme who swash-buckled his way to a magnificent 64. He was joined at the wicket by 18-year-old Scott who immediately hit a superb six! He picked up a bat for the first time six weeks ago, the opposition were somewhat gobsmacked; we all cheered wildly.
Alas, despite our valiant attempt we fell short of the run-chase. That morning I had hoped we would compete, but in the end part of me rued an opportunity missed to actually win the game.
Nevertheless, it was a remarkable achievement by my team. Indeed, we may have lost the match, but the spirit is so high that truly it feels like a victory. Roll on next season!