Jim Lyon – Enjoy the start but let’s not tie the bunting up just yet

Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.
Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.
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Hold your horses everyone.

Before we all go galloping off, we should give the race a chance to settle in.

It has, unquestionably, been a superb start to the season for Northamptonshire.

It could have been even better if rain had not intervened in their opening match.

(Rain? In Cardiff? In the second week of April? Who would have thought it...)

However, the first mention of the ‘P’ word appeared this week and it is certainly time to rein that back in.

A radio report stated the promotion push was getting better by the day.

I have also heard a couple of people say the ‘the County are looking to good to go up’.

Bearing in mind we are still in the month of showers, St George’s Day and the remnants of Easter eggs, it is far too early to be getting carried away.

Most of the trees haven’t blossomed yet so we can hardly expect the cricket season to.

The County have begun very well.

A balanced bowling attack has been doing the damage that has allowed the deep batting order to assert control.

It has been good to follow and, so I’m told by those who have, good to watch.

David Ripley, Stephen Peters and their charges deserve much praise for what they have done – so far.

But let us not burden them with premature pressure.

After last season not many Northamptonshire fans would have gone into the summer with massive expectations.

Only four wins in all cricket did not make for a happy 2012. Already there is more to enjoy this year.

We should enjoy the progress being shown and if, come August and September, promotion is a realistic possibility that would be wonderful.

But as the fifth month has yet to start – be it Lion-like or not – we should probably only think about getting the bunting out for May Day at this stage and not in preparation for any promotion party.