On a personal level, it’s the time I remove the Cricinfo link from my favourites bar for another year, but at least I have done so with a smile on my face as Lancashire won their final match to become champions for the first time in 77 years.
The delight on the faces of the mostly locally born players was understandable, especially as they looked certain to lose out to Warwickshire at the start of the day, but it can’t be solely because of the prize money.
The winning team receives £550,000 of which around £350,000 is shared by the players, or around £40,000 a head if they’re lucky which is about a week’s wages for a Premiership football player.
You only have to look at the tv coverage to understand why. The Somerset ground was bereft of spectators, apart from the noisy Lancastrians who had made the long trip overnight to witness a once in a lifetime event.
I could only watch on tv, more’s the pity, but I did sing along: “Oh, Lanky, Lanky….Lanky, Lanky, Lanky Lancashire…”