Summer has arrived!
Posted in Disability Cricket
Being fortunate enough to work in cricket, the season always quietly arrives.
I am always busy throughout the year. We have our plans for next winter, if it doesn't snow, with an overseas tour to India as assistant coach with the England Blind Squad, along with my work with Spain, so there is plenty of cricket for me outside of the summer months.
This doesn't include my full-time role with Lancashire Cricket Board.
It used to be no cricket then bang, time to dig the whites out because the season is here.
I count my blessings that the arrival of the season is another phase of my cricketing year - and a busy one at that.
Our winter plans with the Deaf Squad were badly affected by the weather and our first two games of the season were also affected.
We lost badly to an Army XI in Aldershot (we had four key players missing) and the following day's game against Farnham was called off due to the ground being unfit. An indoor training session focussing on footwork for the batters was time well spent.
We have some tough matches coming up including MCC and Duke of Norfolk XI and we will have full strength sides out for these games.
Our season is about winning games and being prepared for our proposed tour to South Africa later in the year.
It wasn't long ago since I drove to Shrewsbury School at 6am on a Saturday to see how bad the snow was so I could make a decision on whether players should travel to our indoor training camp.
I shouldn't have bothered. I got stuck down a lane and needed a farmer to nudge me out. There were six foot snow drifts and everything.
A month later and bang, the cricket season is here.