Now that cricket squares have been "put to bed", thoughts turn to the winter meetings of the Cricket Groundsmen's Association which will be held monthly on Mondays at Lindum CC in Lincoln, starting at 7.30pm.
A host of current and former England cricketers including Georgia Adams, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Marcus Trescothick and Fran Wilson helped honour the efforts of grass-roots volunteers at the NatWest Outstanding Service to Cricket awards for 2016.
Sale's Brooke Guest signed off with an unbeaten century on Saturday, but couldn’t prevent a defeat to visitors Tattenhall. With neither team having anything to play for in the final Vivio Cheshire county league division one fixture of the season Sale captain Chris Canning took the opportunity to mix up the batting and bowling orders.
The week started with the club hosting the Midlands Club Cricket Conference as they took on Qatar, in a match that was unfortunately abandoned after a thunderstorm and torrential downpour which left the ground badly flooded. Remarkably, the ground had cleared by the following day for a Penkridge team to take on the visitors from Qatar – and win the game for our first international scalp!
Saturday morning, and despite the best efforts of second team scorer Nick “The Wheel” Jackson (@NickTheWheel) in his Twitter conversation / stalking of TV weather girl Lucy Martin on Friday, the day yet again dawned as a wet and miserable one – not as forecast!
Returning from a week of Ibizan sun and driving into the ground on Saturday morning with my windscreen wipers and headlights on, I was struck both by how much cooler the temperature was than those I’d been experiencing just a few days before and the somewhat slim chances of play for the day.
Sale got back to winning ways with a comprehensive win over relegation threatened Cheadle Hulme on Saturday. Sale remain in fifth place in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County League and retain an outside chance of promotion.