Truro return to training with numbers impressing Ivamy
7th April 2021
By Gareth Davies
Truro skipper Neil Ivamy says impressive training numbers will see his club start the new season ‘with a bang’.
Despite covid-19 restrictions stopping any form of pre-season training taking place at Boscawen Park until after March 29, Ivamy says he was encouraged by the enthusiasm of those of who attended, with sessions split into two groups, running on a Wednesday and Thursday evening.
Ivamy also praised the work volunteers have carried out around Boscawen Park over the lockdown period which have included new nets.
“We have had our first training session on Wednesday,” he said when speaking to the Voice earlier this week.
“Our first and second teams are training from 6.30pm until dark, while the third and fourth team are training on a Thursday at the same time.
“We weren’t allowed to train before March 29, and we have been busy putting up new nets and we have had lost of volunteers helping out with that. Ground preparations have gone really well this year and the ground is looking a real picture.”
Although the shortened pre-season could have a detrimental effect on some clubs, Ivamy felt that for Truro’s first team specifically, the fact they play in a limited overs competition before their 50-over campaign begins in March, will help with the match sharpness of his side.
He added: “The way the league is formatted, the Premier League doesn’t start until May. We have pre-arranged one friendly against Redruth which will take place this coming Saturday. We will name a strong team bar our overseas player and we will try different batting and bowling combinations.
“We will have one non-competitive game and then four T20 games where the guys will be getting back into the swing of things like game management.
“For me the serious stuff starts in May but in the Crash, it is a good way to start the season by being out in the middle and playing a faster brand of cricket. Normally we would train from Christmas, but for me personally, I find that by the time winter nets end, playing indoors has become a little tiresome so everybody is looking forward to getting back outside.
“We have had great numbers at training, and we are really looking forward to starting the season with a bang.”
Ivamy also enthused about seeing star Indian overseas player Rahul Dalal finally pulling on a Truro shirt – arguably one of the most exciting signings to be made by a Cornish club side in recent years.
Dalal raised eyebrows in India during their last full domestic summer when he scored a remarkable 1,340 runs at an incredible average of 95.71 in the Ranji Trophy, which is the Indian equivalent to the English County Championship for Arunachal Pradesh.
“Rahul Dalal nearly broke the record for most runs in a Ranji Trophy season when India last played a full season – like our domestic county season,” Ivamy said.
“They too have been badly affected by covid but when Rahul scored all of those runs, he was only 40 short of beating the record which is held by the legendary batsman VVS Laxman, who during his career played many Test matches for India.”