END-OF-SEASON blues are coming, just one game left and the club is now back in the safe hands of the hockey club, who will tend to it over winter and spring ready for the April handover in 2013.
The club is as busy over the next week or two as it is at anytime (other than cricket week) as the ground is put to bed.
David Oakes and ground-helpers will top dress the wicket, and this is not a Stella McCartney-type dress, no this is the tons and tons of loam carefully put on by hand and spread evenly to give the soil a fresh covering, flatten out any bumps and divots and allow the grass to recover for next year.
Fourteen pitches take a hammering over the course of a year, something like 60 adult games, 30 junior games and countless practice sessions means it deserves its pampering at the end of the summer, before it turns in for the winter and is one of the most important jobs of the year.
Around the outfield the ‘put the ground to bed’ day will involve an army of volunteers taking down the scoreboard, removing the nets, tidying the store rooms and groundsman’s shed all ready for the darker months and is as much a chance to say goodbye to some comrades for the next few months, as after spending countless hours together during season many see very little of each other over the winter.
The last week is set to be a nail-biter.
With all other teams finished it is just the firsts and seconds who play Saturday and what a way to finish: A Halstead double header.
Our second team are still in the promotion chase after a crucial victory against league leaders Copford on Saturday.
Mathew Wooderson fell just short going for his fifth five-wicket haul in a row, but he and spin twin veterans Andy Simmons and Guy Robins turned the game around after Ali Younger and Matt Pears had rescued Sudbury to 169 and Copford eventually fell 40 runs short.
With Melford losing to Yoxford, it means just three points separate us and Melford and Copford are still just in sight for both local teams if they have a bad loss at East Bergholt; who incidentally are trying to save their place in Division Three; and if they do it is Halstead II, who Sudbury play, who will suffer.
There are so many permutations and bar the Division One title, which is going to the wire too, it is the most up-in-the-air promotion and relegation battle of any league in the Two Counties.
There may well be a few spectators making a few journeys between Halstead and Sudbury this Saturday, as the firsts start at 10.30am at Sudbury, the seconds at midday at Halstead.
The action will finish on Sunday with the Suffolk Cup final at Bury St Edmunds from 10.30am.