Oh, hi, blog. Yeah, what's one of those again? Oh, that's right. So maybe, rather than using this as an outpost for academic-style articles, maybe I should actually use this as a blog? You know, a proper blog? Well, what could possibly go wrong?
I'm back in London now having returned from university on election day. If I'm honest, I'm struggling to readopt to family life, having been a free man for 9 months or so. All of a sudden, other people are deciding what to do for my dinner, when I need to do this, that, and the other, and it feels like the free world I experienced has now been taken away from me.
Every cloud has a silver lining, though, and for me, that means I get to see a lot more of Surrey. The T20s start in about 2 weeks time and I'm really looking forward to that, especially as the fabled triple is still on for Surrey, having made it to the Lord's final in the One Day Cup. Having Jason Roy back helped us on Saturday, and Gareth Batty's 5-40 won us the game on the same day Moeen Ali could only muster 1-55. Losing Zafar Ansari was a big blow to Surrey, and now we're badly in need of a spin bowler with Scott Borthwick only being used as a part-timer. Batty is contracted until the end of 2018 and shows no signs of retiring, and in the form of his life, why would he? But he can't go on forever. He can probably do - at the absolute maximum - another 4 or so years, but he's indicated he'll be retiring before 2020.
I won "most improved" cricketer at Uni, and an entire bottle of Lambrini with it. It's quite a sweet wine, but I had to get through it in about 10 minutes owing to the nature of Brighton and Hove council's hopeless bye-laws. And yes, I'm now even more bitter about the fact I only played one game for the John Lyon 1st XI, especially when looking at some of the terrible players that played ahead of me. I won't name any names, but I hope I'm not being conceited when I say I'm better than them.
So yeah, I'm just really bored now.