Apologies for the lack of blogging this past few days, but there has been a potent combination of factors legislating against it.
Domestic commitments plus a week at work where I don't get in till around 9pm each night has somewhat legislated against it, as has the need to go through the proof of my book, which is looking terrific (thanks, Pitch Publishing!)
Truth be told, the weather has legislated against cricket anyway with Derbyshire's closing pre-season work largely confined to the indoor school. I am sure they will be ready for the opening fixture at the weekend, assuming the ground dries up in between times.
It was good to see Dominic Cork back at the club with the Sky cameras, checking out the new media centre and having a go in the indoor school. Watching Corky bowling in the nets reminded me of when Les Jackson, then well into retirement, was asked to bowl the first ball to mark the opening of a new cricket ground in the area. He duly did so and, despite not having played for many years, dropped it straight on to a perfect length...
Like all other clubs though, Derbyshire's players are bullish about their chances. Everyone is at this stage, of course, and at the weekend, when I have time, I will look at our rivals and see where the likely challenge is.
Over in fantasy land, it is good to see a dozen teams in the Peakfan Blog Trophy - use the link on the left of the blog further down to join and get a team or teams involved. To join the league you need the key 8031395 and if you have problems in joining, do please get in touch and I can help.
More from me soon!