The second day of Yorkshire Tea National Cricket Week started with us arriving at a very soggy looking Brighton train station, feeling decidedly nervous about whether beach cricket was a good idea!
My mood wasn’t helped by my taxi driver looking at me incredulously when I told him that we were hosting a beach cricket on the seafront tournament today.
Thankfully, the weather started to clear almost as soon as we arrived at Yellowave beach centre and in Matt Parsons, Cricket Development Officer at Sussex Cricket Board, own words: ‘it was meant to be’.
Soon the sun was out and the children were flinging themselves through the sand in the company of Lydia Greenway, Matt Machan and Rob Key.
Whilst the kids were impressed by the cricketing stars, it was nothing compared to the look on their faces when Sid the Shark turned up. One boy had no idea what his name was but was still enraptured by him: ‘It’s the mascot, it’s the mascot!’
You have to question Sid’s stamina though as, after a few attempted switch hits, this was his default position:
The children seemed to love the whole day and it was very inspiring to see their enjoyment and skill levels. Several of the kids were regularly hitting the ball out of the arena whilst my one and only contribution was to stand at slip for one ball and drop a catch. Safe to say, Rob Key was not impressed!
Tomorrow, Yorkshire Tea National Cricket Week comes to the Midlands as we visit a secondary school in Birmingham with the one and only Ravi Bopara.