Saturday, 15 November 2008

15th November

Here's Joe this week at the practice session with Basildon and Pitsea cricket club. After last weeks refusal to go - probably in part due to the fact that he may have been ill it was good to see him there and willing to be there. He did look a bit bemused with some of the proceedings and it was obvious that by not turning up last week he was behind with some of skills his brother Ben (In Red) and the other boys had been taught - particularly the chase, pick- up and throw skills. But the good news was by the end of the session he'd picked it up and when we got home he went through it with me (He instiagted it) asking me if he was getting it right and he was.

Joe didn't take any wickets, he got an edge that a normal wicket keeper would have had - but his wicket keeper wasn't standing up to the stumps and the ball went almost vertically up and would have landed in the keepers gloves had he been in the right place. He bowled a couple of wides as well, but earlier in the session the trainers had been telling him to bowl seam up and I think this unsettled him a bit?

But earlier in a practice session he'd been bowling very straight and a decent length. Ben took one wicket bowled a ball and the bat hit it at face height to short mid wicket and it was easily caught. So I think that works out at - Ben 3 Joe 0.

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Week 2 training

Unfortunately Joe didn't want to go to the training session yesterday with Basildon & Pitsea cc under 11 colts. So me and Ben went on our own. Joe chose to stay at home and do his homework instead of playing cricket! Why this is I don't know - if I believed in start signs it put it down to the fact that he's the same star sign as me and the same as me he's incredibly easy come easy go. I find it very difficult to get motivated even to do things that I like - so maybe he's a bit like that? He's also very contrary to the point where he'll deny himself the chance to do something he likes just to be awkward. But Ben came back from the session having really enjoyed it again and I think Joe got the sense that he'd missed out so hopefully he'll go next week. The things is if I push him too much he's likely to react against me.

But I reckon if he'd have gone he'd have done well again as the team doesn't appear to have a spin bowler and I made this point to Joe. We'll have to see what happens next week?

Another thing I want to do is score Joe's overs and record his performance in these situations, to see how affective he is. I might also do it using a proper score sheet just to get practice for next season.

Saturday, 1 November 2008

Wrist Spin Legend - Joe Thompson

Still undecided what to call this blog. But there's been a development. Joe today trained with Basildon & Pitsea cc colts for the first time. He bowled 2 overs, each of the other 13 kids bowled the same and considering he's only 7 and these other kids are up to 11 he didn't do too bad. He bowled the last over with the opposition having to score 12 off his over. They were having 2 points added for wides in the match, so it was a distinct possibility.

His first ball skidded in low (Like a flipper or a slider) to RH bat and he missed it. The next ball Joe lobbed it up and the kid hit the ball hard out to cover the kid got his hands to it but dropped it and runs were scored. The next ball was hit and 2 runs were made. The 3rd ball was lobbed up again and the kid came down the wicket with a front foot drive straight back at Joe and he almost caught it fumbling it and dropping it. Another run. His 4th ball was to a LH bat and again hit to cover this time loopy and high and again mis-fielded and dropped. The last 2 balls were hit and more runs were made but Joe held them down allowing his team to win by 3 runs.

The other half of this duo - his older brother Ben (10) bowled 2 overs as well and similarly he didn't bowl any wides and managed to get several balls past the bat only just missing the stumps. To me it looked as though as a first run out with kids in a real cricket team both my lads showed real potential especially Ben - I reckon that Ben wasn't far off of being the best bowler there on the day, his line length and speed being superior to all the others as far as I could see. The blokes doing the training session seemed to be very happy with both their performances and are looking forward to seeing them back next week.

I'm looking forward to seeing them progress over the coming weeks.

Friday, 24 October 2008


At the time of writing Joe Thompson the wrist spin legend had just turned 7 years old. His seventh birthday being in July 2008. Over the summer of 2008 whilst on holdiday in Cornwall Joe's wrist spin skills came to the fore. Playing in the evenings against a group of other boys some of who played for teams at county level and one or 2 adults Joe took 9 wickets for less than 30 runs.