Sam Lumby may be a reluctant captain, of sorts, after being “thrown” the captaincy three weeks ago when he “rocked up” for a match, but he is definitely sick of losing.
When Lumby leads Mornington on to Wolseley Oval for a two-dayer against Albion on Saturday, it will be the third time he has captained the side.
Mornington lost the first two matches he was in charge.
“I don’t think we’ve won a game in two years up there,” Lumby said.
“S***, I’d just be happy to get a win this year. It would be a good stepping stone for us. You want to win more than one.
“I just want to compete. Like, you get sick of losing, to be honest … [if] we get a few numbers, hopefully we can get a good team every week.”
Speaking to Lumby gives you an excellent insight into the pain (perhaps pain is too strong a word) of being involved in a side who are stuck in the mud.
It is quite a comedown for him, having segued into the gloom at Mornington after enjoying a successful season with Gunnedah in Group 4.
“I’m not really into cricket as much as I am to footy – it’s the summer thing to do,” he said.
“You don’t want to be playing when you’re being belted around by two or three teams every time you play them.
“You want it to be at least a close game so it’s worth your while. It’s a pretty boring game when you’re getting f****** belted everywhere.”
Lumby hopes to leverage the knowledge of the more experienced players at Mornington to help him steer the side, while also leaning on his younger brother, Trent, 19, whom he “really rates” when it comes to cricketing advice.
“I don’t really rate myself as a captain, overly,” he said. “I’ve got a couple of older fellas there who I’m sure will be willing to help me out.”
Lumby, who had not captained since high school, has taken it upon himself to make sure Mornington has a side each week.
He has been “working hard trying to get a few more players”.
Elsewhere, Kookaburras play Court House at Kitchener Park.
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