As professionals involved in fulfilling
an intensive fixture list each summer there is always
a danger that we will become detached from the grass-roots
At Trent Bridge, we genuinely try hard to prevent that
happening. We recognise the importance of maintaining
close links with club cricket and the public in general
. . . but that is often easier said than done.
There are times when we become so engrossed in chasing
points and travelling from one venue to another that there
is little time left for anything else.
But benefit matches are helpful in overcoming the problem
because they serve as a reminder that while we get paid
for a labour of love, thousands of people up and down
the country are working voluntarily for the good of cricket.
No doubt the members of Pelsall have between them spent
many hours organising today's game and I sincerely hope
they get a successful return for their efforts.
To the best of my knowledge, it's the first time a Nottinghamshire
team has played at Pelsall and we are honoured to be invited
to take part in the Club's centenary celebrations.
It's always a pleasure to visit fresh places and make
new friends and hopefully our appearance at Pelsall will
serve more than one purpose.
Primarily, of course, we hope to help make the celebrations
a huge success but if we don't manage to strengthen the
ties between the two clubs at the same time, I shall be
KEN TAYLOR, Cricket Manager, Nottinghamshire C.C.C.