Life Behind Bars Part 2

Hello my lovelies,

Here I am again, blogging.

It’s been a hectic few months for me as I’ve taken 4 major law exams over the course of 2 weekends- yes I said weekends. Anyway, I’m still here and bringing you more about my journey with Cricket for Change and the youth prison.

My last blog post informed you about how nervous and scared I was about visiting the prison. However, I ended the post by telling you of my intention to re-visit the prison and play cricket with the young inmates… Read on to find out what happened.

At 9AM I met with Mike, Tony and two female players from the England Cricket Team. We were greeted by the prison guards and taken over to the sports hall where the young inmates were eagerly awaiting our arrival.

When we walked into the sports hall it suddenly dawned on me that I had NO IDEA how to play cricket. Furthermore, I was playing with professional cricket players who would make me look even worse. Despite these major issues I still took part.

My team mates (Tony, the cricket ladies and some prison guards) batted fantastically and it was MY turn to bat. I had so many thoughts running through my mind at that point, “don’t trip up- they will laugh at you“, “you played rounders at school so you’ll be fine” and “I can hit the ball easily, it doesn’t look that difficult “.

I picked up the bat, stood in position and the ball was thrown to me by one of the prisoners. As it moved swiftly through the air I was certain I could hit it. Then the unthinkable happened. I completely missed, got knocked out and everyone laughed at me. Despite wanting the ground to swallow me whole,  it was OK as I didn’t take myself too seriously. I think the prisoners liked that I could take a joke.

One hour later the game ended and despite my performance we still won!

I would like to say a huge thank you to the Cricket for Change team and the prison for the opportunity to see what many people will never get to experience.

Upon visiting the prison I learned a valuable lesson. Don’t take yourself too seriously and enjoy the silly moments in life.

Until next time.

Crystal Debrah

http://www.crystaldebrah.com