Newcomers Alford start their Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League campaign on Saturday with a visit to Louth who will be testing out the skills of their latest overseas signing - Namibian Xander Pitchers who was a member of his country's U19 team and has played regularly in UK Premier Leagues over the past few years.
It was a landmark milestone for cricket in Malta this week as the Malta Cricket Academy played their first ever representative matches against the David Byas Cricket Academy from Yorkshire, UK. Byas is a former captain and coach of Yorkshire County Cricket Club while the local juniors themselves were guided by Darren Scott (ex-Kent county professional cricketer, Level 3 coach and PE teacher).
The weekend also saw our NatWest Cricket Force weekend in progress, when a number of members helped get the ground ready for the start of the season - at the moment, everything looks wonderful at the club.
Now that Christmas has come and gone, our thoughts have started to turn towards the 2017 cricket season and all that involves. Indoor nets have been underway for three weeks, and I managed to attend my first one of the winter a few days ago after recovering from a nasty New Year bout of the NoroVirus!
This week's Around The Grounds is a Christmas and New Year special, featuring tweets from club and county cricket celebrating the occasions. From everyone here at Cricket World we hope you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Following a fun packed day, for the winners of the GM Experience Day, of coaching, a tour of the Gunn and Moore factory and interviewing Nottinghamshire CCC and England stars Chris Read and Samit Patel.
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.