And as we dry our tears and neatly fold away our Northern Superchargers duplicate kits, having washed the saliva stains out after 5 weeks of foaming on the mouth on the sheer pleasure of all of it, it’s troublesome to know learn how to fill the void in our lives.
It’s a bit like that feeling you get if you’ve come again from the storage after taking your automobile in for its annual MOT and repair, figuring out it is going to be one other 12 months earlier than you possibly can expertise the fun once more.
Or a bit like filling in your annual Inland Income self-assessment tax return, having grappled with the myriad complexities at play, a bit like attempting to fathom five-ball blocks as an alternative of overs, or the tactical timing of strategic timeouts.
I don’t learn about you, however I’m struggling to know what to do of a night with out the Hearth, the Invincibles, the Phoenix, et al.
In a double-whammy, the most recent sequence of Love Island ended this week too, so there’s been nothing to look at on tv both. Certainly the ECB and ITV may have timed it in order that this twin hammer blow was avoidable?
In spite of everything, the ECB is often so sensible at scheduling, with all 4 home tournaments becoming collectively seamlessly.
Someplace, in fact (and these individuals may effectively be dwelling in your neighbourhood, as a result of who actually is aware of what goes on behind closed doorways?), individuals will certainly be neatly folding away their Northern Superchargers duplicate kits, or these of the opposite 100-ball franchises, and packing them away for one more yr.
And what, I ponder, will the kids amongst them (sadly, we have now to imagine that there are grownup duplicate kit-wearers too, individuals who have in some way escaped our well being suppliers) do in the course of the 47-week hiatus earlier than subsequent yr’s Hundred, assuming that it takes place on the identical time of yr?
How will the joy of these kids, a few of them new converts in line with the over-enthusiastic official information, be sustained and their curiosity retained by a contest that solely runs for 5 weeks out of 52? Will they gravitate, as if by magic, to the continued Check sequence between England and India, or to the closing levels of the County Championship and T20 Blast?
Or will they go “boring!” – and as an alternative badger their mother and father to take them to look at Leeds United?
These youngsters are new converts, in any case, to what the commentators have spent the previous few weeks assuring us is the best factor since sliced bread, not the type of cricket that’s apparently so boring that, by definition, no little one may probably have gotten into cricket that manner within the first place.
When you ponder that tautology, apparently past the grasp of these paid circa £700,000 a yr plus bonuses to destroy county cricket, you would possibly effectively mirror that the pursuits of the typical little one have a tendency to alter on a whim.
Sooner or later it’s all Northern Superchargers this, Northern Superchargers that, “I would like Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s autograph and I would like it now!”, the following they’ve moved on to one thing else – like gaming.
“I keep in mind younger Elijah watched t’inaugural Hundred,” his father, Dazza, could mirror over his Christmas lunch in 2031, “however after that he weren’t that bothered, to be sincere.
“Misplaced curiosity in it, did the little fella, ‘cos there weren’t no extra matches until following yr.”
Fairly. In a single ear and out of the opposite – The Hundred was an eminently forgettable, ephemeral interruption of white noise masquerading as unmissable leisure.
The one benefit of it, paradoxically, is that it does solely final for a short while, a bit like an omission of wind after 10 pints and a curry.