By Mustafa Anis Hussein (18S06Q), Captain
Cricket – a sport played by millions around the world for the adrenaline, excitement and thrill. Fielding 11 players per team, this game is truly the epitome of a team sport with players batting, bowling and fielding their hearts out with a common goal to win.
We here at Raffles Cricket are in no way different. Fired by a unique passion and interest for the game, we leave it all on the field be it during training or matches. More than just playing for glory and achievements, we strive to have fun while playing the game and with the help of able and caring coaches, we hone our skill as best we can during our weekly training sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30. Despite being a considerably small CCA, we are bonded not just by our love of cricket, but also by the friendships forged outside the field, which is what enables us to perform to our maximum capability on the field.
We participate in the annual Inter-Schools National ‘A’ Division Championship as well as an 8-a- side competition organised by Singapore Cricket Association. We also play loads of friendly matches which allows us to have a good understanding with each other and prepare ourselves well for the aforementioned official competitions. While training is demanding and physically as well as mentally tough, we believe in fighting through the temporary pain in order to achieve the desired results at the end of the day. One is perfect for this CCA as long as they have an interest in the game and are willing to put in the work to be the best cricketer they can be, not just for themselves, but also for their teammates. Since we are small in number, a typical training focuses a lot on individual skills, strengths and weaknesses as we think that this is the fastest way to improve.
Last year, we were unfortunately unable to clinch the Interschools A Division, finishing in runners-up position after a tense and nail-biting encounter in the finals. Here’s hoping we’ll clinch the Gold this year and you’ll be on that journey with us!