Summer Days: This was a glimpse into the future

The British Lions beat New South Wales in Sydney.
The British Lions beat New South Wales in Sydney.
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It was one of those weeks and weekends that has provided a little glimpse into what to expect for the rest of the summer.

Wherever you looked there was top-class sport taking place. Whether it was in England at Queen’s Club with Andy Murray’s return to court, or in Australia with the Lions roaring to victory over New South Wales, or across in Pennsylvania with the US Open coming to a boil on the compact, yet hugely historic, Merion golf course.

Then there were the slightly off-radar stories such as England’s men’s squash team winning the World Title in France and, also across the Channel, Great Britain women’s basketball team - featuring two of Sheffield Hatters’ all-conquering squad - showing the folly of their sport’s fight for funding after they easily qualified for the second round.

And England, without their Lions players, winning convincingly in Argentina.

Even Yorkshire’s magnificent County Championship victory over Middlesex was finished off just before lunch on Friday when only the most ardent of Tykes would have been paying attention.

But as we await the main events of the summer - Wimbledon, the Ashes, the Tour de France, The Open, World Championship athletics, the British Grand Prix - isn’t this what this time of the year is all about?

It’s searching for sport to excite and captivate you without being told that this is the must-see event of the weekend.

We’ll be getting that on Wednesday when the football fixtures are released.

No, last week was perfect. It was like a giant in-take of breath before the BBC and Sky (did you know there will be a dedicated Ashes channel?) send us into a frenzy over the next couple of months.

Each of the stories of the last week will matter as the rest of the summer plays out.

Murray needed a warm-up event before the rigours of the All England Club. The Lions have to play regularly to mesh the four nations together before the Tests against Australia.

Victory for Yorkshire sets them up for a tilt at winning Division One after being promoted last season.

Nothing may have slapped you in the face - unless you’re Joe Root - and said “I’m the biggest story - look at me!” but it has been intriguing never-the-less and has provided just a taste of what may another successful summer for Great Britain.

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