Warm congratulations to Geoff Miller, who has been awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours listing.
It is fully deserved, both for an excellent career in the game, as well as an exemplary stint as national selector. During his tenure, England became the best side in the world...since his departure, recent events suggest we have slipped somewhat alarmingly from that lofty perch.
Thanks to all of you for your support in what has been another year of quite astonishing and humbling growth of the blog. The usage has climbed by almost 200,000 visits in that time and early in the New Year the very unexpected (at least, when I started) half million barrier should be broken.
May 2014 be a good one for you and your families, as well as for Derbyshire CCC. I have a feeling that we're in for a really good summer, given the usual luck on fitness and the appointment of the right man to the top coaching role.
All the best, my friends - and thank you!