Netropolitan :

2019-02-27 03:15:09

“SUMER is icumen in,” as the poet said. And if the cuckoo is singing the cricket season cannot be far behind. For in May, the English summer game finally comes into its own. Gone are the dark winter months, which cricket fans spend with their ears glued to the radio, listening glumly as the English team struggles gamely to avoid an innings defeat in some far-flung land. The image changes to one of sizzling hot summer days spent by village greens and the satisfying thwack of leather on willow. It was never like that, of course. If you played, it rained. And the pavilion leaked. Or if you watched, you saw two sorry figures dressed in white walking out to the square in torrential rain before squelching back to the boundary to pronounce the pitch unplayable. Now you can check the prospects of play through the Met Office’s forecasts on the Web. The main Met Office Web site is on http://meto.govt.uk and its regional forecasts are on http: