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CRICKET: Jack Brooks column
6:00pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in Sport
It was back to the serious business last week – but we ended with a good kick up the backside.
We resumed our LV= County Championship campaign with a game at Scarborough against our main title challengers Durham.
But it did not go to plan.
We played some unbelievable cricket against Nottinghamshire in the previous game.
Most of us were given some time off to freshen up and we came into this match knowing that anything but a defeat would leave us in a strong position on top of the league.
But as is the way with professional sport, anything can happen. If you let up and the opposition have a good day, you will pay the price. And we did.
On paper you could argue we had the stronger and more experienced side and go into the match on the back of a great win.
But we got dealt with and now have to regroup and refocus.
We now need to pull something special out of the bag if we are to win the Division 1 title.
I hate losing at anything. Ever. Having an older brother who beat me (sometimes physically) at most things while I was growing up no doubt helped my competitive nature.
I can be a right miserable git even when I don’t win a game of Fifa on the Playstation or even a game of cards.
But when you consider the game’s importance and location at the Scarborough Festival in front of 6,000 people each day it was bitterly disappointing.
It didn’t help having to drive back to Leeds after the game getting stuck behind all sorts of tractors, caravans and general holiday-goers on that Saturday evening.
By the time I got home, I was ready to blow!
The good thing about the pro cricket season is that games come thick and fast and things can change so quickly.
You haven’t the time or energy to get too down when you lose or too up when you win.
However, I must stress it is important to celebrate the wins and good times as you never know when the next win will be!
Meanwhile, England made a good go of trying to win the Ashes 4-0, and credit to Australia for setting the game up as they did.
The wasy they went about trying to win the final Test made for an exciting spectacle and created a cracking atmosphere.
It was exactly the right advert for the Ashes and international cricket.
England will need to play much better Down Under in the winter to reclaim the Urn again though – they have not been anywhere near their best this summer.
As for my winter, I will be organising my plans soon.
I have to consider what to do and where to go if I choose to play abroad somewhere and am not selected on any ECB-related tours.
I will talk about this in later columns.