This year my cricket season has been a little dry with the bat, and I think a combination of technical glitches in my batting have contributed to me not being able to occupy time at the crease. Last week, I opened the batting for my team's 2nd XI and I occupied the crease for a little over 18 overs... Which isn't a bad thing in itself, bar the problem that I could only manage 9 runs. This scenario happens a lot and I tend to take a lot of time to get in and can't seem to keep ticking over. It not only hinders my mindset, it allows the bowlers to attack me and the team to suffer as the numbers to come have the pressure of upping the rate. As for my technique, it is fairly orthodox and I am strong off my legs and into the legside. I like to cut also but I tend not to in the opening overs as there are men there for the catch. I think my cover drive is really weak and every attempt of me trying to play it normally results in it going harmlessly to the fielder or getting caught. My offside play really lets me down I think and the sooner I can play confidently on the offside, the more complete my batting will be... It has resulted in me leaving most deliveries outside off and just waiting for a legside ball to put away, which happens rarely in this standard of cricket.
I realise that I am still only young (15) and have only just started playing adult's cricket properly but I think it isn't too difficult if I can just play more confidently. Is there anything I can do to find more ways to score on the off and push the rate? Thanks, will be much appreciated!