Well, ‘did I enjoy it?’ You bet! I was smitten straight away. Even though I couldn’t bowl straight and missed a lot of balls when batting I loved it! I came out of the first session feeling like a different person, laughing at my mistakes, but feeling very light hearted.
Everyone seemed to have a spring in their step when they were walking out. We then moved because of better weather to an outdoor venue at Dodworth and I can honestly say I’ve loved every minute since.
The people are a real mixture, ex-cricketers etc, but also people like me who knew nothing about cricket! But we are all there for the same thing- to get us out of the ‘doldrums’, and boredom. In other words – you reach a certain age and think you are not fit for purpose!
Well let me tell you:
“You are worth it! Don’t ever put yourself down.”
There are people there who can hardly bend, but by heck, can they bowl and bat! They can’t run, but then again it is Walking Cricket!
I’d nearly gamble that everyone there is living with medical conditions, with many possibly on some kind of medication. But, once they get out there on that pitch, they forget their troubles, and aches and pains. They have friendly chatter, they laugh at their downfalls, and jump for joy at their successes!
I know that our Walking Cricket leader Mac, and Kendal from the YCF are looking at trying to evidence that Walking Cricket is good for health and mental wellbeing and improving general fitness – they are spot on for that! At every session people are laughing and smiling, socialising and using their muscles – it’s so good for you!
During the pandemic lockdown it was difficult because I couldn’t go to Walking Cricket for a while. My kids worried about me during the lockdown. Though I had done my best to stay motivated I was down and sad at not being able to mix with friends and do what I enjoy. My daughter said: ‘mum needs her Walking Cricket!’
Well let me tell you I was so happy when we were able to return to the game I love! To see people’s faces when we started up again after the Covid lockdown was a real tonic. At the first session there was a sea of smiling faces and a full house with everyone raring to go. Anyone thinking about it – Just come and have a go, you’ll love it!
Guess what? I’m not in my 80s when I’m playing, I’m 40 again! In fact for my next birthday, I think I’d like my own cricket bat. Not furs or diamonds, and not pearls – no, just my own cricket bat. At 82 that would be good!