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A belated happy New Year

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Firstly, a very belated Happy New Year to you all! With the Ashes safely gathered in (shall we ignore the One Day series?) and the new season barely two months away, dare we start to dream about, as Nat King Cole once said, the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer?

The days are getting longer and there is even a hint of sunshine, so there is much to anticipate.

I’ve just received my Rutland & District Cricket League (R&DCL) appointments which make interesting reading. I am due to stand with, at various times during the season, no less than five new colleagues and there have been wholesale changes to the composition of Division One.

Buckminster dropped out of the league shortly before the start of the 2010 Season, since the end of which Rushton have resigned from the league and Godmanchester, due to increasing commitments elsewhere, have withdrawn their first XI. All this means that four teams were promoted from Division 2 whilst Wisbech Town, despite their Cambridgeshire contingent, were relegated.

The season starts on Sunday April 17 with a first ever trip to Market Deeping. The following weekend, which happens to be Easter, could see me standing in my first Saturday league match since, after much thought, I have made myself available for the Leicestershire Everards Senior League, on an alternate Saturday basis.

I am already familiar with many of the grounds and players but, equally, there is little doubt that I will also be visiting pastures new. It promises to be an interesting and enjoyable experience.

I intend to continue to be available mid-week and would be delighted to be appointed to the same variety of games as I enjoyed last season, which saw me, amongst other things, officiate in 11 different counties and a multitude of different competitions. But for the inclement weather (particularly in July), I would have stood in more than 50 matches in 2010 and I’d very much like to emulate that this season if at all possible.

However, before I call ‘over’ in anger, I’ve got three dinners to attend, two of which are this weekend. On Friday evening I will be attending the ACO Leicestershire & Rutland Branch Third Annual Dinner, which will give me the opportunity of meeting some of my new Saturday colleagues, whilst on Saturday I am due to be M.C. at Willoughby Waterleys Cricket Club’s Annual Dinner.

One of the awards I will be presenting will be the Batting Cup to club captain, Simon Larke (who originally joined the club as a bowler), who smashed the Club run-scoring record by reaching exactly 1000 runs with the help of one century and eight 50s. This total accounted for no less than 40 per cent of the total runs off the bat scored by the club and was 30 per cent higher than the total aggregate of the next three batsmen!! Some feat I think you would agree.

On a personal note, I am still recovering from the sheer physical exertion of moving house (for the second time in less than four years). I’m hoping that’s the end of downsizing for the time being.

The season will be underway by the time of my next post so here’s hoping for some consistently good weather – I haven’t seen a long-term forecast, have you?

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