Mixed Start to season 2015
Cancelled Games and Club withdrawals
2015, for cricket in Netherlands, it seems to be a season of withdrawals and cancellations.
In League 2B that started with 8 teams, before the season could start 2 clubs (Club Arnhem and Club Nieuwegein) withdrew their teams from the league. This left only 6 teams in league 2B, and the schedule needed to be shuffled, now each team plays 3 games against other clubs (instead of usual 2 games). It might turn out to be an interesting combination; on one side, you know the strengths and weaknesses of your opponents even more and surely the Home or Away advantages become important, on the other side, their are more chances to come back against a particular opponent and get a good stand in the points table.
For League 3B, It is a season of cancellation, Kikkers team 2 had 2 out of their first 3 games cancelled, at the last moment. It's highly demotivating for the players, as they prepare every week and get disappointed at the last moment. The 4th game, also unfortunately, got washed off by Rain. It makes it a challenging position for Team 2 this year, as they have to do well in their remaining matches now, to stay at the top.
Wins and Losses
Kikkers Team 1 - Won their first game in a spectacular way against the tough team of VRA3 (away game), after a shaky start. This gave a lot of confidence to the playing 11. Unlike last 2 seasons, where it took 3-4 games for the team to find a winning combination, it felt this year it will be different and the players will deliver good results, right from game 1.
However, the joy didn't last long and in the next 2 games, Kikkers Team 1 had batting collapses and lost the games. Various factors played in - unevenness of the home pitch, lack of application from players and of course, persistent pressure by opponent teams. But, not all is looking Grey - The bowling and fielding efforts have been quite remarkable, so far and We hope in the upcoming matches team 1, uses the conditions better and score some more wins.
The story is similar for Team 2 and Team 3, the batsmen need to pull their socks and give more contributions in the team's winning causes.
By the notification of KNCB and for season 2015, League 2 is also expected to play with neutral on field umpires. One umpire is from Home team (non-playing) and one from the away team.
This from the outset, felt like a tricky situation and combination. Kikkers already Voted against the suggestion, as going by the history of teams up to league 2, we expected that their will be conflicts over decisions (LBWs mainly).
It has been a more bitter experience so far. The game against VRA3 went fine, but the games against VVV2 and G&W2, had moments on conflicts, where both sides claimed to be more honest and correct for LBW decisions (in my view, their is nothing certain and this is significantly biased towards each club's own umpires decisions).
Emotions and expressions make the situation every more tricky - You get a decision against you, by default, it is considered intentional; then chances are one will try to turn another decision from their side's umpire in one's favor, therefore starting an unavoidable conflict.
At the same time, this fear/chance of creation of conflict should stop both the umpires from being unfair or partial; because one Umpire might be partially incorrect, surely this will feed as a motivation for the other umpire to be partial towards their own side.
In all this, my sympathy is with the on field umpires; they are on field, taking all the heat coming out of either side players and still trying to be correct/certain, without being a playing member.
CC de Kikkers.