There's a breathless hush in the Close to-night --
Ten to make and the match to win --
A bumping pitch and a blinding light,
An hour to play and the last man in.
And it's not for the sake of a ribboned coat,
Or the selfish hope of a season's fame,
But his Captain's hand on his shoulder smote --
'Play up! play up! and play the game!
Well Gnomads, I don't know about the first two lines of Newbolt's poem - nor the fourth line come to think of it - BUT if it is one thing which endears us to our opposition - it is the last line.
So in anticipation of another season and valuable practise to be had in preparation for the Tour , there is much needed preparation to the counter the Winter's injurious pursuits resulting in whiplash, wrist and groin strain and that fisherman's disorder - carpal tunnel syndrome (aye M'Lud).
I beg of you :- renew that liaison with the Gym; review that motivational video of the 2010 Ashes series; eschew that junk food
diet; get joggging .... and I'll see you at the crease in Summer.
PS If I have missed anyone off the list please let me know
PPS If you want a fixture against any other club let me know