Over the last couple of years I have produced a season review for the 1st XI of the club I coach: West of Scotland Cricket Club.
2018 will be more detailed again, as I gathered more information than ever before. I will post it all here for you to see. This time it's at the highest level of club cricket in Scotland: Premier Division.
As a result, it's hard to take performances from last year into this year. For example, the first target score batting first last year was 173. This year it was 216 (and it turned out to be a good summer for batting). However, as a reminder, here were the thing we were looking at from the last two seasons in Division One:
- Maintain wicket-taking consistency in the face of much better batsmen.
- Improve chasing with the bat.
- Improve run scoring batting first.
- Get more direct hit run out attempts.
- Take more catches.
- Get a feel for what is required to play at the higher level.
Over the next few articles, I will delve into these questions and many more and come up with my plans for 2019.
As an overview, West finished in 6th place in the Division. The XI won six and lost eight games: Two wins were setting a target and four wins chasing. This is against the general trend of the league, which saw a roughly even split (51%-49%) between setting and chasing.
In the next article I will examine the batting performance when setting a target.