Even the most disinterested follower of cricket would have to admit that this year seeing the traditional summer sport under way is something of a reassuring relief.
For those that eat, drink and breathe the sport one can only imagine the ecstacy of pulling the whites back on and getting out into the middle of the green.
Perhaps we got a taste of just what it means when Burton Latimer visited Kislingbury Temperance Cricket Club.
When bowler David Shelford took his first scalp for the visitors he couldn’t contain his joy and celebrated with a little dance in the square.
As impressive as his footwork was, it was not enough to win the day. Kislingbury claimed the honours, winning by six wickets.