AS Yorkshire headed for Chelmsford this week to set about clinching promotion back to Division One of the County Championship, their hopes and prayers for the weather forecast would have been in marked contrast to the last time they set off for that part of Essex with honours at stake.
It was back in 1983 and Yorkshire were on the brink of winning the 40-over Sunday League competition (known as the John Player Sunday League) for the first time.
They were top going into this final game and so it was in their hands. But they would also be champions if the game was rained off because the two ‘rain points’ they got would ensure the title as well.
So, when the weekend weather forecast was pretty grim, the loudest cheers were across the broad acres!
I certainly recall joining in the cheering.
The previous day, I had been at Exeter to cover Rotherham United’s game there (won 1-0 with a goal from Rhodes which was as famous a Yorkshire cricketing name as you could get) and then drove across to Chelmsford that night.
I was meeting up with a cricket pal from these parts, a Wednesdayite, who’d not had to travel as far - he’d been to Charlton to see Owls draw 1-1 (an own goal, so no cricketing connection there).
I recall getting up the next day and our prayers had been answered. It was already raining. We punched the air.
It did stop but started again. But we still went to the ground and, along with plenty of other Yaaarkshire followers, were happy to sit there watching it rain until the formal announcement of an abandonment so that the trophy could be lifted and the celebrations begin.
Thankfully, the rain stayed away from that part of the south-east this week. The sun has been shining on Yorkshire and, after a long time in the dark, on Derbyshire too as they sought a welcome promotion as well.
There was some slightly unusual symmetry involving two pairs of brothers in a local game last weekend.
It happened when Sheffield United met Rotherham Town in their Yorkshire League fixture.
Out in the middle batting for Rotherham were brothers Simon and Stuart Guy.
Bowling to them were the brothers from Sheffield United - Mark and Paul Cummins.
If you fancy catching a few goals then you could do worse than check out where Boynton Sports are playing this weekend in the County Senior League.
Because if it’s goals you want then Boynton are your boys. And it won’t seem to matter which end you stand at. They could well be going in.
So far, Boynton have played two games and the goal tally stands at an amazing 22. Equally shared!
That’s 11 scored and 11 conceded.
They opened with a 5-4 win but if you thought that was a thriller, they topped it last Saturday.
They lost 7-6.
I suggest there’s a bit of tightening up required in defence but the attack looks to be functioning pretty well!
Been around a bit too. It was back in 1952 that three mates from Boynton Road at Shirecliffe decided to form a football team and took the first name of the road and added ‘Sports’ for the team name.
The club is still here 60 years later and still going strong - apart from a few defensive blunders.