The scarifiers are out. The white line markers have been put to bed for the winter months, offering a couple of weeks deserved respite for the countries groundsmen as the 2012 Scottish cricket season finishes - no one will argue that it's not been a difficult season.
The wettest summer - defined as June, July and August - since national records began in 1912, naturally coincided with the Scottish cricket season. The national team managed a grand total of 36 days of competitive cricket over the summer months.
From the perspective of the National Governing Body, it too has been a trying season. A thought must be spared for those who worked tirelessly over the past few months rearranging fixtures amid such difficult conditions.
As for the domestic game, it concluded with Watsonians being crowned CSL Champions after defeating Dumfries in the inaugural Championship Play-off. The men from Myreside almost completed an impressive double; only to be thwarted by their capital rivals Heriot's, who were triumphant in the Scottish Cup Final.
Dumfries impressed throughout the season, claiming the CSL West crown, while Glenrothes from the east and Kelburne from the west, both came out on top in their feeder league play-off matches to take part in the first division of the CSL in 2013.
Stirling County CC won the Women’s Scottish Cup for the second time in three years by overcoming Glasgow Accies.
The Under 19s did their country proud after an 11th place finish at the ICC U19 World Cup on the sunshine coast. Paddy Sadler's troops battled hard against the likes of Australia, Pakistan, and New Zealand. Craig Wright’s team toppled Zimbabwe and, eventually, rivals Ireland in their final match of the tournament.
There are many positives to take away from the trip with several of the members of the World Cup squad, such as Andrew Umeed and Nick Farrar available for another campaign.
The Scotland Wildcats saw half their ECB County Championship matches cancelled without a ball bowled. However, a clinical victory over Northamptonshire secured their place in Division 3 for another year.
The Under 17 Women staged their first-ever challenge series against Ireland at New Williamfield. The team recorded the historic first win over their celtic rivals, Ireland by 1 run in the second game in the series.
In February 2013, the Scotland Wildcats Development Squad will travel to the UAE to compete in the inaugural Arabian Challenge (ARCH) trophy. The competition will provide a fantastic development opportunity for our under 21 players, and will be an excellent opportunity for those within our national senior squad and U17s to play and train at more quality venues against quality opposition.
The Scotland national team continues to grow as a unit and will have an exciting 2013 season to look forward to.
The tour to South Africa will provide the team with some tough challenges, while introducing a few fresh faces following the relaxation of ICC eligibility criteria. It’s been clear that the selectors are looking for a specific type of player.
After speaking to the newly selected players, what came across is their desire to play for Scotland and their strong ties with the country.
All being contracted, professional cricketers will only benefit the current side and the National Governing Body is confident this will reflect in future Scotland performances.
The main highlight for most Scotland supporters in 2012 will be the win against Bangladesh. In a match held in Holland and despite not being able to witness it first-hand, fans will have thoroughly enjoyed the coverage, courtesy of QuipuTV. Thousands of viewers observed Richie Berrington's batting fireworks against their test playing opposition.
Few will argue that the CB40 campaign didn't quite go as we would have hoped, with several matches lost due to the weather making it difficult for the team to get much momentum.
2013 is currently an exciting prospect with Australia already confirmed on 3rd September. There will also be the possibility of qualifying for T20 and 50 over ICC World Cups, which will provide Scotland the opportunity to return to the global stage.
Here is to a sunny 2013!