Short pitch: and we’re off
One accident report (no lasting damage).
Two late coaches.
Three lost balls.
Four missed calls on my phone as 6 o’clock approached.
5km of walking and running with and between practice groups.
Six.. seven.. yes! eight players confirmed for Wednesday’s under 9 pairs match.
92 brand new club shirts gone astray.
These are the vital statistics of the first day of the junior cricket season. I’m shattered, but a couple of hours after the session, which was attended by nearly 100 boys and girls, and helped by a bottle of Blue Moon from the George Wright Brewery, my anxiety levels have dropped and I am feeling satisfied: we’re off – the season is under way.