Happy New Year everyone!
So that’s the festivities over for another year, with more nuts, chocolate, cake and biscuits having been consumed than was probably good for me. Still, it’s only once a year and the diet can start any time now.
So what’s new? Not a lot really. As you’ll see on the left hand side of the page, I’ve added a countdown timer to the new season, which starts on April 8. I’m increasingly convinced that we’ll be starting on April 1 in a few years time, perhaps a more apposite date for an early start to the season. It’s really too early, but we seem to be trying to squeeze quarts into a pint pot. Pity the slip fielders trying to hang on to a sharp chance in early April, or the seamers trying to work up a head of steam on cold days.
Still, for those of us who don’t have to hold those catches, a new season’s excitement is less than a hundred days away...
No doubt the pre-season training will be cranked up a little more now, with winter nets for those in the country, some fitness work and some bonding sessions. There will be a few new faces and the sooner they are assimilated into the squad the better. I’m sure that Luke Sutton, Matt Lineker, Mark Turner and Tony Palladino will soon get to know their new team mates and Sutton will get everyone pulling together.