3 WELCOME @TRENTBRIDGE WELCOME As I write this introduction and reflect upon the events of this summer, I can say with certainty that 2020 has been the most testing and difficult year we have experienced during my two decades with the club. So much that has happened this year, from a cricketing, operational and financial perspective, would have been completely unthinkable as little as a year ago. The impact of Covid-19 on our club, our venue and our sport has been felt at every level.That we were able to get meaningful men’s and women’s cricket at international, domestic and recreational level is testament to the hard work of so many people. The teamwork of ‘the cricket family’ across the country ensured both red- and white-ball cricket was played, providing enjoyment for so many in the latter months of the summer – most importantly, for you, our loyal members. During the height of lockdown in the spring, we made phone calls to many of you – and we took great inspiration from the kind words, understanding and support that prevailed. That the vast majority of you felt able to donate your subscriptions, for a season in which we were unable to open the gates of our ground, has made a massive difference, and you have my sincere thanks. Our players returned the favour, as it were, and I’m sure I’m joined by you all in offering congratulations to Peter Moores, Dan Christian and the team for coming home fromVitality Blast Finals Day with our fifth major trophy in 11 years. Following a BobWillisTrophy campaign that showed some promise, taking further strides forward in red-ball cricket remains the primary focus from an on-field perspective heading into 2021. Although, at the time of writing, we still await final confirmation of the dates of our international fixtures, we are looking forward to the return ofTest cricket in 2021. ATest Match against India and the chance to welcome Pakistan for our firstVitality International T20 since 2012 is a hugely exciting proposition. In this edition of Covered, Jake Ball tells the story of how two of the most difficult years of his career have been followed by one of the best; Samit Patel’s remarkable self-belief is examined by teammates, coaches and the man himself; and Assistant Coach Kevin Shine provides an insight into the training regime that underpins the performance of our team. Meanwhile, Club Historian PeterWynne- Thomas looks back through the history books to examine how cricket has dealt with disruption in the past. And our community update reveals why the Nottinghamshire Cricket Board will merge with the county club, and how our development team adapted their programmes this summer. Finally, I would like to offer a heartfelt thank you for your messages and deeds of support during this most difficult of years. The challenges we have faced have been unprecedented and, like so many organisations and individuals, we do not know what the winter will bring. However, we have demonstrated our ability to pull together as one club and I know that will serve us well as we look to rebuild in the years ahead. I trust you will winter well and please stay safe. Lisa Pursehouse MBE Chief Executive

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