Sorry about the quiet few days, but I have been very busy on the work front and also on the domestic one.
Three successive 9 to 8 shifts at work, coupled with my daughter's imminent prom and university funding applications have left little time for anything outwith eating and sleeping, but hopefully normal service is close to resumption.
We now know that Wayne Madsen will be out for at least a month with his broken finger, which is extraordinary as the skipper has missed two games in seven years. That is an astonishing record for a man who faces a new ball at, or close to, its hardest, so you could say he was due one. Hopefully the revised line up will still mount respectable totals and it is down to them all to contribute.
It is Leicester on Friday and they 'warmed up' by being dismissed for just 78 by Lancashire today. I don't think a first championship win such Gandhi was a lad is imminent for the Foxes, who flatter to deceive on occasion. Mark Cosgrove has started well, but he will need to channel the spirit of Bradman to keep their side afloat this year.
I will be disappointed if we don't fare much better against them. There should be enough talent in whatever side we put out to win, though we should have an idea on the respective squads tomorrow. Even without Nathan Rimmington we should have too much for them, though we will have to bat much more sensibly than last week and work the ball around better.
To be fair, the two attacks are poles apart and we must impose ourselves on them. It is a game where Hashim Amla can prove his worth, something he will want to do after a subdued start to his time with us. It is the danger in revolving door recruitment, but Amla is a class act who will surely deliver sometime soon.
Finally tonight, well done to David Aust, who is over a thousand points clear in the Fantasy League, with Paul Kirk and Matthew Entwistle in second and third.
I will need to look at my team again...every year I vow to check regularly...every year I don't...
Time to come good, though!