In­door cricket keeps me sane in win­ter

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I AM writ­ing to ex­press my af­fec­tion for in­door cricket, a ver­sion of the game that I ab­so­lutely love.

When the sum­mer ends and out­door cricket ceases, most crick­eters go into a ‘cricket hang­over’, when we all miss that weekly rou­tine of play­ing the game – un­less of course you’ve had a bad sea­son, then you can’t wait to see the back of it. This ‘hang­over’ lasts un­til Jan­uary, when win­ter nets ar­rive and you get to see your mates again, bowl a few balls off a short­ened run and claim ev­ery shot you hit is six.

How­ever, I think in­door cricket is the saviour dur­ing the long, cold months! It’s a ver­sion of the game that many de­test, but in my opin­ion it takes more skill!

There’s no space for the fat slog­ger or the bowler who only bowls bounc­ers, for ex­am­ple.

The great in­door play­ers are the ones who can hit a sin­gle and not bowl a wide, two skills many can’t mas­ter.

But play­ing in­door cricket, and try­ing to mas­ter these skills, saves you from months with­out mean­ing, in that dreaded cricket hang­over, and more should try it. MATT BLANDFORD

Crawley

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