Southland Cricket Association general manager Ian Mockford provides another update on how a group of seven Southland youngsters are getting on in their tour of India.
Another training day, this time at a large public ground that was the home of several cricket academies.
Saurav Saran organised our training days and runs Gyanti Sports Management in New Delhi. He is linked with several academies.
His advice, guidance and demeanour during the past two days has been appreciated by all the boys.
Our players have been given small, valuable pieces of advice, which has given them all clear focus areas when batting and bowling.
Unfortunately, we had to witness a fight between local adults who were at the venue watching their sons and local boys training alongside ours.
The sudden and violent altercation was a shock to us and it left as all feeling a little vulnerable at the ground.
Khanin Saikai, who is in India with us, has always noted that we must be careful and that this type of thing can happen at any time in a city such as this.
Being normal Kiwis we are 10-foot tall and bulletproof, but we were all a little shocked at what happened and how quickly things unfolded at the ground.
We made the choice to leave the ground after lunch. It was a shame because we still had training time remaining.
It was all disappointing for Saurav and his team of boys, who have put a lot of effort into bowling to our boys.
For our group, at the time the choice was the right one, but unfortunate.
Tomorrow we prepare for our first match, a Twenty20 match under lights at GSC Cricket Ground against the Delhi Wonders Cricket Club.
The group is very excited about playing their first real match and they will look fantastic in their new uniforms, which Saurav and Gyanti Sports Management have organised for us.
I hope to try to score the matches on CricHQ and then upload them once we return to the hotel.
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