Sunday 28 August 2011

A Reason Why You Are Losing Away Games That You May Not Have Thought Of

The car pulls up into the car park and as you get out you groan a little, stiffened by the long journey.

Dragging your gear to the changing room, you change and catch up with the banter of the others who have arrived.

But the atmosphere is subdued. Even in warm ups there is the unspoken away game lethargy that always shows up. You find it impossible to get into the groove no matter how hard you try.

The lethargy spills over into the match and you end up putting in a bad showing without ever quite knowing why.

What’s going on?


It’s all to do with that hour in the car.

It doesn’t feel like it should influence your performance. We travel every day. But the difference here is that you need to be physically and mentally switched on to playing sport.

Sitting down just doesn’t get you in the right place to play cricket well.

Luckily, the answer to beating that feeling is to simply become aware of it.

Once you know you are not up for the fight because you have been sitting in a warm car you can do some simple things to nip the cause in the bud and start playing harder when you are not at home.

Beat away game lethargy first thing

We all know the initial feeling of stiffness when getting out of a car.

One simple way to reduce the effect is to make sure you stretch before you even set off. Stretching irons out the imbalances in muscles caused by everyday life and – if you do it regularly – improves the quality of the muscle tissue.

While you want to avoid the classic “static” stretching too much on the day of the game, you can do a solid stretching session for 15-20 minutes in the morning.

Combine foam rolling with static stretches, really focusing on getting to the stiff and tight areas and unlocking them. Foam roll slowly, use a bowling machine ball to get to hard to reach areas, and hold stretches for long periods (20-30 seconds doesn’t cut it, get at least 2-3 minutes in)

The important part is to work on areas that will tighten up in the car: legs and hips, neck and chest are classics but let your body guide you.

Avoid stretching your lower back though; there are other things we do to sort that problem out.

Fidget in the car

When you are nicely loose and mobile you go and spoil it a bit by getting back into that sitting position and locking yourself back up. Blood starts to pool and your muscles turn off.

You can overcome some things by making sure your posture is good while you sit, but also fidget as much as you can.

When you stop at lights get your neck moving and pull your shoulder blades back and down. Waggle your ankles and lift your knees a few times.

 If you get a chance get out of the car and stand up. Even standing for a minute just gets the circulation going again and you take the edge off the lethargy.

Have an away game warm up

Now you have arrived and you will already feel better, but you still have a bit of work to do to get your head and body in the right place.

The warm up is the place to do this, but it’s not just a matter of a game of football and some fielding drills.

To do that is missing a key element because the warm up should be like a ramp from “everyday” up to “game ready” at the top.

When you play after a long drive, you are even further down the scale at “lethargic” so you need to do more work even before you start to warm up. There are 3 stages lasting about 15 minutes in total:

  • Foam roll: do 30 seconds on 4-5 muscle groups that are tight areas: these are commonly the hip flexors, adductors, t-spine and pec minor but do your own areas.
  • Re-activate sleeping muscles: When you sit, key muscles realise they are not needed and ‘switch off’. Then they get lazy and don’t switch back on, forcing other muscles to do the work and causing pain and stiffness. You can counter this with simple activation exercises for the glutes and shoulders. 5 minutes is plenty.
  • Mobilise joints: Lastly, you need to get your mobile joints going back through their full range of motion after they are locked in when travelling. Do 5 minutes of active mobility drills. They also serve to raise your heart rate.

Once you have done these three steps you can move to your normal drills and specific warm ups. You will find yourself feeling physically loose and more ready mentally for the task ahead.

And with that lethargy gone you will be more focused and win more matches. 


Sunday 17 July 2011

TNCA U 16 : Round 2 held on 16 July 2011

At Nagapattinam: Nagapattinam 168 in 47.4 overs (S. Siddharth 58, G.V. Prithiviraj 48, Ranjith three for 36) bt Kanyakumari 118 in 36.5 overs (Vipinraj 46, S. Siddharth three for 26).

At Coimbatore: Cuddalore 124 in 37.4 overs (G. Dinesh 34, Sandeep Prabhakar 39, A. Godwin Rubesh four for 16)) lost to Coimbatore 125 for one in 21 overs (S. Siddarth 35 n.o., R. Nandagopal 64 n.o.).

At Tirupur: Kancheepuram 238 for eight in 50 overs (U. Vishal 78, S. Santhosh 57, D. Gunaseelan three for 56) bt Tirupur 127 in 41.3 overs (Sai Kishore three for 12, Sachit Rai three for 24).

At Namakkal: Namakkal 229 for seven in 50 overs (P. Gogulnath 67, D. Sabaresan 62 n.o., M. Balaji three for 37) bt Pudukottai 188 in 43.3 overs (A. Hariharan 90, N. Vijay three for 35).

At Villupuram: Salem 257 for five in 50 overs (J. Jayaseelan 101, M.S. Promoth 109, A. Jafaraullah three for 40) bt Villupuram 181 in 42 overs (A. Jafaraullah 40, R. Arulselvan 35, K.P. Kamalakannan 38 n.o., S. Pravahan three for 23).

At Thirunindravur: Madurai 117 for eight in 50 overs (B. Prasanth 58, A. Ramanagiri Bharathan four for 18) lost to Thiruvallur 118 for one in 22.4 overs (D. Sachin Yethendra 49, A. Jerome 57 n.o.) .


Thursday 14 July 2011

TNCA UNDER 22 : Round 2 Score Briefs


At Kancheepuram (second knock-out stage):Erode 136 in 33.3 overs (J. Afshaq 51, Deepak Singh four for 25) lost to Kancheepuram 141 for one in 32.2 overs (B. Roop Prasad 67 not out, A. Aarif 46 not out).


At Chennai:Villupuram 114 in 35 overs (S. Mohammed Azharudin 31, V. Hari Prasad four for 27) lost to Thiruvallur DCA 115 for two in 22.1 overs (R. Karthik Adithya 28, S. Venkat Vasan 30, B. Karthik 27 not out).


At Thanjavur:Madurai 166 in 47 overs (M. Kishore Kumar 35) lost to Thanjavur 167 for five in 39 overs (Aravinthan Singaravelu Thevar 60, A. Alagappan 27 n.o. B. Balakarthi 26, S. Vivekanandan 25).


At Dindigul:Dindigul 240 for eight in 50 overs (M. Abdur Rahim 64, M. Mohammed 47, S. Ramkumar 29, S. Viswanath 29, S. Prabhu four for 35) bt Vellore 185 in 44.1 overs (J. Abdul Aneezs 35, T. Jagath Guruprasad 27, S. Periyasamy four for 30, M. Mohammed three for 52).


At Theni:Pondicherry 136 in 32.1 overs (K. Aravind 53, R.C. Ulaghanathan three for 28) lost to Theni 137 for three in 33.3 overs (J. Suresh 62 n.o., R. Anantharaman 30).


At Tuticorin:Tiruchi 166 in 45.5 (V. Pradeep Krishna 32, J. Aldrin Roy 30, A. Karthik three for 36, J. Nivas Kannan three for 27) bt Tuticorin 96 in 33 overs (Sundaraj 33, B. Pradeep Krishna three for 29, Aldrin Roy three for 15).


At Coimbatore:Nagapattinam 200 for nine in 50 overs (B. Ganesh 48, Nithish Kumar Sahani three for 44) bt Coimbatore 136 in 36 overs (N. Jagadeesan 59, T. Vignesh Pathi three for 14). (Target revised to 193 in 45 overs due to rain).


At Salem:Salem 197 in 50 overs (K. Pradip Kumar 46, Siva Sudevan 34) bt Kanyakumari 124 in 40.4 overs (T. Natarajan three for 15).