Kevin O’Brien Blog Part 2
September 11th 2012 by Kevin O'Brien | Other
In the second of Kevin O’Brien’s ‘blog’s from Sri Lanka, he gives us the updates from Ireland’s first two warm up matches that ended with a win and the plan for the coming weeks which will include a trip to the red carpet for some of the Boys in Green!
More information and photos of the trip so far can be viewed at www.kevinobriencricket.com
Blog 2 - 8 Days to Go!
With only 8 days to go before our first ICC World T20 group game, our squad of 15 was completed on Saturday night when the 6 county guys arrived at the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel via the Maldives and a thunder storm which had delayed them by 5 hours. At breakfast on Sunday morning, the boys looked well and truly wrecked after their unscheduled delay. We had a team meeting that morning to welcome everyone to the start of what was now the World T20 for us.
We had our first practice match on Sunday, against SSC. They are a club side, but club cricket over here in Sri Lanka is the equivalent of First Class cricket in England so it was going to be a good test of our abilities.
It was a good run out for us, and we played some good cricket at times. Nigel Jones bowled a very good spell and finished with 3/17 off his 4 overs. SSC got 157/8 off their 20 overs, and we managed to chase that total in the last over with Alex Cusack getting 75 opening the innings and Stuey Thompson finishing 18*. There are still areas to work on, but it was a good start to the tour from our point of view.
Monday saw us play our second warm up game this time, against Sri Lanka ‘A’. Having won the toss, the host batted first, but another very good and disciplined bowling display had, at one stage restricted SL ‘A’ to 63/7 off 16, but a late fight back from A. Perera got the hosts to a below par 104 off 20 overs. Despite losing a few wickets early on, a controlled innings from Ed Joyce saw us home with more than 5 overs to go.
The last two days have being very beneficial to the squad and also the coaches, who have identified what we need to work on as a group in the few days leading up to our first official warm up game against Zimbabwe on Thursday.
Tuesday sees us have a morning to rest and recover before our afternoon training session. The training facilities have been top class over here, with two practice nets and also a wicket in the middle to train on every day. Despite the thunder storm like showers during the night we have only missed half a days training so far, which is a great credit to the ground staff at the SSC sports ground.
The rest of the week is busy for us, with media day on Wednesday morning, anti corruption meetings and tournament head shots taking place afterwards, our match v Zimbabwe on Thursday, the ICC Hall of Fame reception on Friday night with training before hand, and the ICC Awards on Saturday night with training at midday.
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