With the sun due to shine relentlessly on the Essex County Ground for the next four days, Simon Harmer will relish the buzz of expectation that will herald his every stride to the crease against Lancashire, writes Martin Smith.
On a bright spring afternoon a feast of rugby was served up to the large crowd, watching the two top teams in the league battle it out in what was one of the finest games seen at Rushmere for several years, writes Dick Watson.
It took a dramatic winning goal in the 98th minute to give the Iron three vital points to boost their play-off chances in a thrilling game that left Iron manager Brad Quinton physically and mentally drained.
Ipswich Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins admits it has been a tough start to the season for his side but is not worried after a 54-35 defeat at Lakeside in the Championship Shield on Friday, writes Henry Chard.
After a wet start to April has seen both the opening home fixtures for the Mildenhall Fen Tigers called off, everyone involved with the club is hoping that finally the season can get underway as they welcome the Plymouth Devils to West Row tomorrow, writes Phil Kirk.