First net session of the season – start as you mean to go on!

9 brave souls ventured out on a freezing evening for the first of Ivanhoe’s net sessions of 2023. Fortunately, although only one lane had been booked there was a spare we overflowed into and two batters were facing the music all evening. As we had two lanes, everyone that batted enjoyed about 15 minutes each whilst the bowlers were able to get into a rhythm and provide a stern examination.

Many people seemed to not have any time off during the dark and cold winter months and picked up where they left off last season, batting and bowling very well…if this continues and the few who were getting back into the groove show the same uptick in performance as last year, Ivanhoe should be a force to be reckoned with!

Mabs and Phil P were batting with great authority, exhibiting powerful strokes and looking utterly in control and unflustered by swing, seam and spin.  Ciaran, Peter and Saqib provided trial by pace and fury, regularly sending stumps flying. John is no doubt looking for revenge against Saqib who certainly had his number, Jess will once again relish bowing to Saqib and knock him over (again) and Will shall keep up the excellent progress he made over the hour.

Here’s to the next session – the intensity will no doubt be knocked up another notch! A gentle reminder to those attending, please arrive before 9 so we can start on the dot and give everyone the longest time batting.

Author: Hansi B.

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