Compare it to the lean times of the 90s. Wood, Archer, Anderson, Woakes, Stokes, Broad, Curran. Not so sure about the spin though, Bess was understudy to Jack Leach at Somerset and only got his chance when Leach went off to play for England. Leach's illness over the winter and Mo Ali taking a sabbatical meant he was the next cab off the rank spin wise and he's done alright but he's not as good as either Mo or Jack.
Did a fair bit of food today, pretty much what we'd normally do on a normal Saturday. We only had to kick a few people out, a couple for standing at the bar who refused to sit down and people pissing in the garden/car park. We can only have one in/one out in the toilets ATM. Feels strange wearing a screen all day, I've got a red rectangle across my forehead running above my eyebrows. They're not very comfortable when you've got a proper sweat on in a hot kitchen, might have to invest in an Ian Cranson-style headband to wear underneath it.
My place isn't opening until the 18th so I'm spared the carnage tomorrow but we had a meeting this week so I'm up to date with all the protocol. It's lunacy to open it all on a Saturday, it should have been a Tuesday to give time for bar and kitchen staff in for 3 months away getting used to the new conditions before the weekend. It's created a massive binge day where everybody's off to the pub. Off for 3 months and expected to work New Year's Eve style business on your first day back with a book of new rules that took us 3 hours to get through from cover to cover.
You can't stand at the bar any more You will have to sit at your table Your empty plates won't be cleared until you're gone You will have to wait for your drinks One in/one out of the bogs, only one person in the gents/ladies at a time No live music, any music has to be turned down, no singing or shouting.
That's the new normal for the moment. We have to do this by law, one case of Covid and the pub will be shut.
Along with the Test Match Special commentary team, take over a small Caribbean island with a cricket pitch on it and let them play and broadcast the commentary. I'm not missing the football that much, our season was over before the virus. But I am missing the cricket.
You can get an overdraft extension pretty much instantly for a couple of hundred quid, couple of clicks and there it was. I'd applied for this a few times in the past and couldn't get an extension before. They're probably being more friendly with it in the current circumstances.