The Art of Captaincy
Introduction - What type of captain are you?
Your captaincy style will establish the make-up of your side and thus how successful you may be and may also affect your length of tenure.
Greater risk takers are as likely to win as many games as they lose, but engineer exciting cricket matches.
However, the supposed safe pair of hands can sometimes lead to frustration amongst the players as he's less likely to go for the kill and let potential victories slip away.
All captains will have at least one, possibly more of the following traits, it's up to you to balance your raging Yang with a calming Yin.
|The Committee Man||
Appoints a number of VC's and sets largely containing fields after long discussions with his deputies.
Very big on collective responsibility if things go wrong, not so much when the team's on a winning run.
Everyone's mate, which is handy because the whole team is made up of his best mates. They're all here for a laugh, lots of bantz and winning's a bonus.
Keen to drop any outsiders after one bad game, especially if another mate comes back for his one game a year, and anyway he once had a trial for [insert 1st class county here].
Don't worry about paying your match subs boys, what do you mean someone's waiting for the tea money?
Not necessarily the best player, but does a reasonable job with either bat or ball and has done so for years. Has the respect of his teammates, fosters a solid team spirit and wins the majority of games.
Likely to be replaced when the star player throws his hat in the ring because he fancies batting higher up the order and not seeing his talents wasted down at 6.
|The Star Player||
Opens the batting, opens the bowling, insists on fielding at slip. The star does the lot, except organise 11 men to turn up on time or inspire the troops when the game's slipping away.
Will quit before the end of the season to be replaced again by Mr Capable, as no one is buying into his captaincy style, or living up to his standards.
aka The Man with the Plan
Has thought long and hard all week about tactics, bowling and batting orders and field placements. Taps up club statto for information on previous games against the next opposition. Disinclined to divert from the masterplan, no matter the match situation.
There are no friendly games of cricket, this is war and the opposition are there to be crushed underfoot. Winning is everything. Second place is first loser.
The Napolean picks the strongest possible side to hold onto power, to hell with the fringe players. Has little time for poor form or discontent in the ranks. Fun is not on the agenda, if you want that the 2nds is your playground.
Will never resign, but may have to be forced to once the players revolt. The spineless weasels.
|The Reluctant Leader||
Was put in charge because he's a good organiser, regularly gets 11 to turn up and no one else wants the job. Appoints a strong VC to take over setting fields on match days. Bats at 8 or 9 if he's lucky, may bowl a couple of overs of spin to mix it up a bit.
Will be displaced at the end of the season, but is likely to be recalled halfway through next year when his successor inevitably throws in the towel and Mr Capable is unwilling to return to the fray.
It's not about this season, this is a long-term project. A team based around a strong youth element, with some grizzled veterans (who just happen to own big cars) to guide, and drive, the young 'uns.
Results are secondary to a good afternoon's cricket. This is unlikely to go down well with the veterans (drivers) when the team notches up it's 7th straight defeat, but it's not about this season.
|A Marriage of Convenience||
The team needs a captain. One player knows this is the only way to ensure a game each weekend. A match made in heaven, and now he'll get to show them he is a natural no. 5 bat/first change bowler.
A good clubman, nice bloke, but not good enough to warrant a regular place in the side, and crucially also not a natural leader - a true recipe for disaster.
Will probably stay in the post beyond the first season due to lack of willing replacements.
Starts off as the thinker, but soon degenerates to reactive tactics when the plan goes awry.
A sliced shot over the slip cordon? Put in a backward point/fly slip. Mistimed hook to deep mid wicket? Put someone in cow corner.
Follows the ball and continually tinkers with the field, setting it for bad bowling. Batting order is always flexible depending on the situation and panic levels.
Probably won't last the season due to stress.