I hope that you all enjoyed your Christmas and are looking forward to the festivities around the new year in a couple of days time.
We had a lovely time, thanks for asking and I am sure that someone who will enjoy a very happy new year is Neil Broom.
His decision to give up on the second year of his Derbyshire contract must have needed a little thought, but he was vindicated last night, when he scored an unbeaten century for New Zealand in their win against Bangladesh.
Good luck to Neil, who didn't quite make that landmark for Derbyshire but now has the opportunity to re-establish himself in the international game.
Meanwhile, over in Australia, some of the cricket in the Big Bash has been pretty average. Between dropped catches going for six and some poor ground fielding, the expectation hasn't been matched for me. Today saw Nathan Rimmington, formerly of this parish, bowl a fairly awful four-over spell that cost 45 runs and featured six full tosses and four long hops. He's a decent bowler, but today was pretty poor.
Finally, with Ashley Giles returning to Edgbaston and Glenn Chapple taking over, in an acting capacity at Lancashire, there's been a lot of things happening on the coaching merry go round. Chapple will have his work cut out and Lancashire will have to up their game considerably to be in the mix for trophies as things stand.
I'll be back - briefly - before the bells ring in 2017.
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