General News | 10th May 2007
Nottinghamshire batsman Mark Wagh has settled in well to his new surroundings after his winter move from Warwickshire. The 30-year-old has linked up with www.nottsccc.co.uk to produce a regular blog on his experiences on the county circuit, and visitors to the site will have the chance to write in with their own comments over the course of the season.
Here's a taster of what's to come - and keep checking back on www.nottsccc.co.uk for more pieces from Wagh and his team-mates.
10 May 2007
"I'm currently experiencing one of the worst aspects of being a batsman – sitting in the changing rooms having failed to contribute. It is the antithesis of the all-enveloping high that scoring runs in a winning team provides. We are playing Middlesex in what may prove to be a crucial game, with both teams tipped for promotion.
So far this season, we have played very well, with someone producing the critical performance whenever the situation demanded. When the balance of a game could tip either way, when the momentum we have created is on the line, someone has ensured that our progress has continued.
From a personal point of view, I feel pretty happy with the way things have gone so far. The guys have been very welcoming and I've found Trent Bridge to be a wonderful place to play: as David Hussey has said, it's definitely the "home of cricket." I've also laughed a lot: going shopping with Ealham and Hussey proving to be a highlight, with Mark playing the straight guy to Dave's mickey taking.
In fact, I could fill the blog with Mark Ealham stories. His performance during preseason was phenomenal. He is walking proof that participation is not a requirement for physical improvement. He is also known as the "Sapper", someone who sucks energy out of a group through negative thinking and behaviour. But this is simply not true, I've found his attics always enliven my mood and more often than not make me chuckle. He is a fine cricketer, whose value seems to increase with age. It's a pleasure to take the field with him.
I've never been a fast bowler, and seeing how much physical pain our bowlers have to endure, has reminded me how fortunate I am to be a batter. Barely a day goes by without one of the stable taping up an injury or popping a painkiller just to get through the session. It's often a matter of contention which aspect of the game is the most difficult (and we're talking both physical and mental anguish), but I take my hat off to our speedsters for their durability and endeavour.
Away from the field, we have a cultural evening coming up which Bilal and I have been asked to organise. Plans are being finalised but suffice it to say that Jason Gallian has had an input, so a merry time should be had by all . . ."