Quality Engineer Mark took on the first order of business and went about getting a cricket team together. Commitment did not come easy. Having learnt our lesson the hard way (who would have thought bringing a tiny human or two into the world would require such a drastic lifestyle change?!), Mark had part-timer’s in abundance, but few committed to becoming a fully-fledged member. Not surprisingly, the “I have kids” excuse was thrown around a fair bit. But that old chestnut doesn’t ride so well around our office – adapt & survive boys!
After a lot of huffing & puffing we finally got the numbers, now to choose our captain. Back in the glory days, this was seemingly easy. But this was potentially our last chance at sport legendary, our last chance to drive our men to victory and make the ladies of the office proud, to prove our athletic worth to our toddlers on the sideline!
The vigorous elimination process was a hot topic for days, but in the end there was one. I came away with the title of ‘phil&teds Social Mens Indoor Cricket Team Captain’, a title I will brag about for years to come. The boys choice may have been down to my athleticism equalling that of Daniel Carter, the deadly consistency of my bowling rivalling Daniel Vettori, my inspiring leadership ability parallel to Richie McCaw… or maybe it was the fact that no-one else was really that keen. Whatever, the point is that I was Captain, and I was entrusted with the job of transforming these lullaby-singing, baby-burping, put-the-kids-to-bed-and-fall-asleep-on-the-couch-at-8pm phil&teds heads, into tough, bogeyman-catching warriors, and the next “Wellington Indoor Cricket Mens Social Champions for the Autumn 2013 season”. An honour not had by many, but desired by all.