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08:22 12 June 2014

Ilford Catholic play in the Herts & Essex League

Ilford Catholic play in the Herts & Essex League

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In January 2014, 42 year old Craig Findlay, a former New Zealand cricketer, hit 307 off 115 balls against a team of 15 year old school children.

The former school master was playing in a junior league and took his opportunity to make his mark on the game, despite the 15 year olds on the opposition side pleading with him to retire.

“It was coming off alright,” he told the local media. “I was dropped early by some poor young fellow when I was on about 40.”

The innings which included 27 sixes lasted 45 overs. At the halfway stage the youngsters asked him if it was maybe time to give one of the other guys a go. He said he “would think about it”.

And then carried on.

After the match he was asked for this reflections on the innings. After pausing for thought he added: “My favourite six was probably one that sailed over the sightscreen.”

There’s no doubt competiveness is at the heart of sport and is crucially important for players, teams and clubs to progress – but there are always a few guys that take it a little too far.

The question is – where are you on the spectrum?

If you suffer from tense nervous headaches at the thought of losing, or get emotional for no reason on the field of play, you could also be suffering from the condition CCS – “Competitive Cricketer Syndrome”.

For many years CCS was thought to effect only 1 in 50 men, but recent studies show it could be as many as in 1 in 5.

CCS can dramatically alter a persons behaviour and can strike at any time.

To find out if you are affected take two minutes to consider the following questions.

In recent times have you;

*Continued to bowl fast at a kid, cleaned bowled him and then celebrated like Freddie Flintoff circa 2005?

*Seen that the opposition have only 7 players but then opted to bat first and smashed them?

*Kept your pace bowlers on during a Sunday friendly to skittle a social team for under 50 runs?

*Sledged an OAP or a child?

*Boasted about your batting average to anyone that will listen?

*Determined to play despite clearly having an injury?

If so, you too could showing signs of CCS.

Generally CCS symptoms only appear on the field of play, effecting normal people only during games but in some extreme instances it can effect other parts of life as well.

Off the pitch symptoms can include driving to the game faster than anyone else, being the first in the bar and feeling the need to win arguments at all times.

Sadly there is no known cure for CCS and symptoms tend to get worse with age. However the upside for sufferers is that they are often completely comfortable with their condition.

As Findley replied when asked if he would bat in the same way if his son, aged 10 at the time, was playing: “I tell you, I also wouldn’t cut him any slack.”

*Ilford Catholic CC play in Divisions 1, 4 and 6 of the Herts & Essex Cricket League. To join email iccc2011@hotmail.co.uk.

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