With a marked improvement in the weather forecast there is much to look forward to with the advent of the season’s opening in the All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League next week.
However, it is not certain whether it will start on time.
In view of the prolonged wet weather in recent weeks the management board are aware of clubs being unable to properly prepare their wickets.
And a decision will be made next Wednesday, April 18, regarding any possible delayed start to the 2018 season.
Whatever problems club’s may have experienced in respect of ground preparation there has been no shortage of activity on the transfer front.
There are some new faces at Premier Division champions Hanging Heaton where Ben Kohler-Cadmore has joined from Driffield, Jordon Geldart from Denby Dale, Josh Holling from Pudsey Congs, Aqsad Ali from neighbours Batley and Milo Jennings from North London.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, two clubs who spent last season battling relegation in their respective divisions, Cleckheaton and Spen Victoria, have been extremely busy with recruitment in the winter.
Cleckheaton have acquired Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Ben’s brother, to set up an interesting first-day clash between the two, but they also look to have the X factor this season in the shape of David Paynter – the manufacturer of the Payntr X Cricket Shoe.
Paynter is expected to have some unavailability for business reasons but his vast experience in the league with Windhill, Undercliffe, Morley, Wrenthorpe and most recently Pool – and not to mention county experience with Northants, is sure to bring something to the table.
In Championship Division 2, Spen Victoria hope to arrest their disastrous slide in recent years with no fewer than six new signings.
These include one-time Northants player-coach Tosh Baker, from Buttershaw St Pauls, Josh Fell and Matt Wilby from Gomersal, Mark and Jonathon Phillips from Liversedge and Joe Wood, son of Cleckheaton’s former Durham and Lancashire paceman John.
Birstall, relegated from Championship 1, also have a number of new faces in a bid to effect a change of fortune, although two Conference signings might not be the answer to their problems, while their former skipper Dan Busfield has left Hanging Heaton for Ossett.