Jonathan Wilson

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Footballer Nick Riewoldt bats in the nets

The first game back

The first time this year you had fun playing cricket

James Anderson lies on the field

Cricket equals pain

Your body hurts, your mind rebels, and your spirit can't handle the world changing around you

A general view of the match action as Kew Cricket Club's Sunday XI side take on Lord Gnome's at the Kew Cricket Club

The ball you're always trying to bowl

When your shoulder is sore, your shin protests, you feel like death, and you play cricket - hoping to produce the devastating dipper you long for

Joe Root celebrates the wicket of Johnson Charles

England lost? No worries

Can a lifelong supporter of written-off teams handle seismic victories?

The Authors club side

We won at the P Sara

The Authors notch up their second victory away from home, with a little help (sort of) from your correspondent

Vic Marks bowls

Talking shop with a pro

The perils of getting into a detailed discussion about your technique and game with an expert

Adam Lyth stoops to take a catch off Ryan Sidebottom's bowling

Why unfairness makes cricket special

It's the only sport that expects its athletes to perform feats they are bad at, and where the conditions can turn a match on its head. Let's not lose that