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 sunny start, cloud will tend to increase from the northwest during the day, but it will stay dry.
Heavy rain in places which will clear away to the east by late evening.
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