n.b. This willow, from which cricket bats are made, thrives in fresh water zones of temperate lands. In the early part of the year the tips of this salix tree bring a refreshing light red hue to winter, a hope-filled indicator of better things to come, such as the cricket season.
At Havant station yesterdayI looked over to theadjacentcricket field where a bulky chap was mowing the square. I could smell the chlorophyll on the breeze from the grass cutting. It released a butterfly cloud of cricket related memories in my head. Heaven!
n.b. The White Horse, Hertford is a Real Ale pub. No juke box, no pool table. Log fire. Just people talking over pints and playing dominoes in a half-serious-not-serious kind of way. Passing the evening reminiscing about cricket, former club-mates, opponents and favourite grounds.
A very pleasant evening indeed before the last leg of this January’s road trip.
n.b. If a batsman always leads with the front foot there is the serious risk of being yorked by the bowler adjusting the length of a delivery to pitch the ball underneath the bottom of the bat. What a good batter does is watch each ball’s line and length and play each delivery on its merits, whilst taking into account the match situation.
n.n.b. Alexander “Boris” Johnson, currently Her Majesty’s Prime Minister and Minister for The Union, prattles on about being on the front foot all the time. He purports this to mean he is being positive and setting the tone. Superbia et ante ruinum exaltatur, as they said in Rome, before it fell.
n.b. The above image shows the Jetstream forecast path and speeds as at 00:00 today. This pattern is unusual and is likely to continue for a sustained period. This particular air flow will help produce some quite wet weather, delivered in bulky packages until the Jetstream returns to a more usual arrangement. Nothing we can do about that except put on the wet weather clothing, close the M25 because of sink holes and review any plans in the pipeline for outdoor activities, (the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, or Glastonbury Festival, for example). https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-48591882
Over a month’s rain forecast for parts of the north-west Europe each day for the next several days.
n.b. The smell of cut grass releases various plant chemicals into the air. They signal the start of the English cricket season, even though there are weeks to the first coin tossand the first delivery.
In the picture above the light green patch of grass is the hallowed turf of a cricket square.