Sunday was spent watching Lancashire defeat Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay in a 40 over match.
Colwyn Bay Cricket Club is a great example of cricket at grassroots level. Spectators could sit close to the boundary rope, there were rows of garden chairs rather than a fancy stand, and the club runs on the efforts of its supporters as much as any giant business plan. In what other sport can spectators still come onto the pitch during a break in play and actually have a go themselves?
Arriving early we were able to watch Lancashire's players enjoying a game of touch rugby (purists will be delighted to know it seemed to be a rugby league version) before Peter Moores put some through fielding practice. Moores is yet to take Lancashire to the heights he took Sussex, and had an indifferent time with England, yet his attention to deal and commitment clearly remain. In time, Lancashire will make real progress.
On the day, Glamorgan were poor, falling to 29-5 at one point. Lancashire's Saj Mahmood appears to be stuck in the rather uncomfortable position of being a notch above many of the players at this level, yet being left out of an England side that is sitting comfortably without him. As Lancashire costed to an eight wicket victory, the sun continued to shine. A perfect day - which cost me just £5. I almost feel guilty.