While there's little joy to be found from England's winter, in the domestic game Northamptonshire have plenty to look forward to.
But they have been dealt an early blow with South African bowler Rory Kleinveldt forced out of his overseas player contract because of injury - the latest in a long line. But that apart, they're in good spirits, as Jim Rice reports.
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After a mostly dry start, cloud will continue to thicken with some showery rain likely this afternoon. Highs of 18 deg C (64 deg F).
Tributes have been pouring in for a woman who died in a house fire in West Norfolk.
Any residual evening showers should die out. Clear spells at first, and turning chilly in places. Lows of 9 deg C (48 deg F).