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Memories of Gumley Park

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With the white fluffy stuff, that I’ve always thought looks great in other countries and on Christmas Cards but causes untold chaos on our over congested roads, hopefully behind us dare we start to anticipate the boundless joys of our wonderful summer game?

By and large, of course, the weather has been extremely mild which has enabled me to almost over indulge in one of my passions – walking.

Boxing Day, as always, saw four of us striding out along the towpath of the Market Harborough arm of the Grand Union canal, from the Canal Basin in Market Harborough to the famous staircase of locks at Foxton.

More recently, we undertook a walk through an area known as Gumley Park, which incorporates what I imagine to be a unique cricket ground in that there is a metalled road running across the outfield, between the pavilion and the square.

Gumley Cricket Club has only recently succumbed to league cricket and plies its trade in the lower reaches of the Northants County League structure. They do have some good players and have, I believe, enjoyed three consecutive promotions.

It is a ground on which, at one point, I had figures of 5-4-1-5 until the opposing captain, having cunningly dropped himself down the order, strode to the wicket and smashed me all over the place.

I’ve also been able to listen to my fair share of live jazz, including attending the well established St. Valentine’s Weekend Jazz Festival in Wellingborough.

Much of my time, as I kick my heels waiting impatiently for the month of April, has been spent following the fortunes of Northampton Saints. Having failed to progress beyond the Group Stage in the Heineken Cup (having been beaten finalists last season), they have managed to secure a place in the semi-finals of the LV= Cup and are well placed in the Aviva Premiership. Eight players have made it into the England Elite Playing Squad (more than any other club) and two players have made their England debuts in the Six Nations.

Unfortunately, one cannot speak in such glowing terms when considering the fortunes of Northampton Town FC - 'The Cobblers' - who languish at the bottom of League Two and face the very real prospect of dropping out of the Football League for the first time in their history. Can they escape? I’ve no idea but the picture may be a little clearer by the time of my next post.

In the meantime, I eagerly await details of my appointments, both in respect of the Everards Leicestershire County Cricket League, where I hope to build on my fledgling Premier Division experience and the Rutland & District Cricket League.

I would like to think that I could at least emulate my appointments total for last season when I stood in no fewer than 14 different counties.

However, before I witness my first toss, I’ve got four dinners and two meetings to attend – thankfully, there’s seldom a dull moment.