PUBLISHED: 12:26 05 October 2006 | UPDATED: 10:57 06 May 2010
SIR – In reply to the letter from the official at Letchworth CC, as a 13-year-old player in that game, I was shocked at the comments he produced. It could not have been within the spirit of cricket, for as well as the batsman slogging every ball over cow
SIR - In reply to the letter from the official at Letchworth CC, as a 13-year-old player in that game, I was shocked at the comments he produced.
It could not have been within the spirit of cricket, for as well as the batsman slogging every ball over cow corner, regardless of the quality of delivery, the umpires wided anything down the leg-side.
I was horrified at the comment of the batsman after he hit an almost perfect ball into the neighbours' garden.
When asked what was the point, he said: "It's gone a long way".
As he is a first XI cricketer, he should be setting an example.
Replying to his comment of an agreement, our captain said to make the game longer: "You can bat first if you promise to bat sensibly".
The Letchworth captain promised his side would and looked on at the carnage.
Saying that it was stupid to put a youth side in a league, it is no more stupid than putting out a first team in Division Five of a Sunday league.
At Chesham we have fully integrated junior-senior policy and our best youngsters paid a huge part in the second team's promotion in the Thames Valley League and other youngsters like myself were almost first on the team sheet for the thirds.
As for his comment about sharing the tale in the bar, we had plenty of stories to tell in the bar if the Letchworth players had decided to come up and talk instead of moping outside, waiting for us to go.
I'd like to see Letchworth bring their youngsters down to Chesham to face our first team and I'm sure they'd be complaining.
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