Ties in cricket

Posted in ECB ACO

As I look out of the window and see a carpet of white, it is difficult to imagine that I was umpiring little more than two months ago.

It may well be the close season as far as cricket in the Northern Hemisphere is concerned, but plenty has been happening to remind me of this wonderful game.

October saw the introduction of certain law changes which are, to a great extent, clarifications of existing laws rather than the introduction of anything which could be considered to be new.

I have attended three AGMs and two cricket dinners in the last few weeks and have another two dinners to attend in the New Year. At one dinner I was able to add to my collection of cricket ties when I was presented with a Leicestershire Cricket Association 50+ tie.

I'm delighted that England escaped with a draw in Brisbane - this time four years ago they were already one down and very much on the backfoot. On at least two occasions they looked destined for defeat. I imagine that Strauss & Co are feeling rather more positive than the Aussies as the second Test beckons.

Those of you who regularly read my blog will know that rugby, walking and jazz are three of my passions. Northampton Saints sit proudly at the top of the Aviva Premiership, having lost just one match in all competitions thus far.

At the risk of sounding biased, the four Saints men in the England side have all positively contributed to the improving England performances and Courtney Lawes, may I say, could well be a lynchpin for the next decade - what an athlete.

I am walking as much as possible - at least once a week - and am really looking forward to a particular walk four of us undertake on Boxing Day. There is also plenty of live jazz to enthuse about and, hopefully, I can get through the winter without too much trouble.

Christmas is still some way ahead but I would like to take this opportunity of offering everyone my very best wishes and compliments of the season.

Will England be ahead when we reach the Boxing Day Test?