By Matthew Fisher

It’s derby day this weekend for Sheriff Hutton Bridge, who start the Yorkshire Premier League North campaign at home against Woodhouse Grange. And it maybe that I get a game.

My recovery from the side injury I suffered playing for Yorkshire at Leicester a couple of weeks ago is coming along nicely, and I’m close to being able to play again as just a batsman.

That may come for Bridge on Saturday, although there’s a few things I need to tick off before I can say for certain. If not, I may play in Yorkshire’s second team next week.

I certainly will be playing for Bridge at some point over the next few weeks, and I can’t wait to play alongside my brothers and other mates down there. I know they are all really looking forward to starting the season well. Fingers crossed I can help.

It’s just nice getting up on Saturday morning and not having that massive pressure on your shoulders. Don’t get me wrong, I still desperately want to perform and do well for the lads, but there’s not the pressure of county cricket. Having said that, that enjoyment factor can bring out the best in you.

I’d probably bat at three or four for them, so I should get quite a bit of batting, which can only improve it for when I get back playing for Yorkshire.

I’ve been delighted with the way my recovery has progressed, starting with being back in the nets batting.

It’s looking good. It’s settled down really nicely, and I’ve had a lot of good days rather than bad ones. Usually you do have a few bad days with rehab, but every one has been good.

I’m hoping to be doing some bowling drills at the start of next week and be back bowling and have a good build-up to my first-team return in the next two or three weeks.

It will be really light into a mitt first of all. Then it will about about building my run-up up slowly. It will be drill work for maybe a week, then back up to my full run for maybe a week and then bowling full tilt for another week.

I’m looking at maybe three weeks from now to be back to playing as a bowler.

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