Another season ends...
Through the rain this season, there was some great cricket played. Congratulations are due to Warwickshire, deserved County Champions, and Hampshire, who picked up both the one-day trophies. Well done also to Derbyshire and Yorkshire on their promotions.
There is a bit more cricket left to play for Hampshire and Yorkshire, who travel to South Africa shortly, for the Champions League. We wish them well, all the more so because the competition is being brought forward to an early September start from 2013; and our schedule for next year has already been set to end two weeks later – so no county will take part in the competition.
The improbability of county sides being able to participate in the Champions League in future was just one of the topics tackled with gusto in a discussion on a variety of cricket topics during the Player Summit, held this year in the delightful setting of PGA Catalunya.
We were challenged, and rightly so, on a number of issues, particularly on the proposed Morgan Review schedule for 2014. We are assured no decision has been made yet, but I don't think anyone will be surprised if the announcement, when it comes, is a lethal weekly cocktail of a Championship fixture, a 50 over game, and a T20 match. This would be a cruel recipe for low quality cricket, and high injury rates. Let's hope common sense prevails – and you can help us by making sure your county understands how you feel about it.