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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A dry and sunny start, some cloud developing through the course of the day, but good spells of sunshine for most.
Cladding from high-rise flats in 25 local authority areas has now proved to be potentially flammable in the urgent safety review.
Scattered showers at first this evening will gradually decay. A dry night to follow with clear spells developing.