First post on here
I'm 18 (19 in October), and I'm wondering how I can get involved in cricket, having never been involved in a proper match before.
As a child, I was incredibly good at maths, and both of my parents hated sport, which meant that I brainwashed into thinking that all that mattered was growing up, getting good grades, becoming an accountant or something, going to work and getting lots of money. I was never told anything about sport, other than "You won't like it", and "It's just people chasing a ball around for hours".
Somewhere along the line, I stopped listening to people telling me "You won't like cricket, it's boring", and decided to find out for myself. I turned the telly on just in time to watch England get bowled out for 51 by the West Indies, and I've been hooked ever since.
Since then, I've picked up a bat, a set of stumps, some second hand equipment, and I've been playing in the park with a couple of lads from school since last summer. My huge repertoire of shots includes a forward defence, and... well, that's it, really. If that wasn't bad enough, my bowling is nearly as bad as Mitchell Johnson. I would like to play a proper cricket match sometime. However, I don't know how good I need to be to get into a local team's 2nd XI or something. I'm also scared of turning up for a trial or net practice or something, being really crap, and being told to GTFO.
If I want to play, am I just allowed to turn up to a random net practice somewhere with a bat, or is there some kind of procedure that I'll have to go through first?
Is there a possibility that I'll be too rubbish to ever play for a team?
What could I realistically expect to achieve?