Cricket is back and if the first competitive game of the summer is a true guide then spectators will not notice any difference - once they can actually watch the action.
The wide open space of Sandel Lodge, Coleraine was the chosen venue to start the abbreviated 2020 season, the T20 Championship Group 1 game between the hosts and Ballyspallen.
Officially spectators were not allowed but if a ground has a licensed clubhouse then members and their guests can sit outside in a hospitality area, socially distanced. Coleraine had done everything by the new normal and by the time of the second innings last night there were more than 30 people enjoying live cricket.
The players must arrive already in their whites - and in the North West this season it is whites and a red ball - and with changing rooms out of bounds, they sit in a cordoned-off area.
The busiest person on the night was Coleraine Covid-19 safety officer Stephen McCartney who was responsible for taking the names of all essential personnel, and that includes the players, coaches, managers, scorers, umpires, ground staff, scoreboard operators and club officials plus any volunteers working at the match, North West union representatives and the media. For example, I had to notify Stephen in advance that I would be attending.
Peter McCartney, the North West chairman, was one of the 'essential personnel' enjoying the action.
"It's great to be back after a frustrating couple of months for everyone," he said. "And it's nice to see two teams finally in action. The weather has been kind, and we have a full programme on Saturday and we will continue on next week with the youth games and the start of the women's fixtures."
In the middle, Ballyspallen enjoyed the early success with Graham Kennedy having the honour of taking the first wicket, with the third legitimate ball of the season, and the North West Warriors all-rounder then produced a superb piece of fielding to run out Coleraine professional Graham Hume with a direct hit from cover.
But, not for the first time in his long career, David Cooke, in his 31st season of senior cricket with his eighth club, was the immovable object. He finished 75 not out from 64 balls, with 10 fours in the home side's 114-4.
Meanwhile, Cricket Ireland yesterday announced Indian Sports Marketing company ITW as the new men's team sponsorship rights holder for the next two years.
They replace Turkish Airlines, who pulled out this week six months early because of the downturn in the global airline industry.
The shirt sponsors for the upcoming one-day international series against England were also announced - MPL (Mobile Premier League) which will be on the front of the shirts and Skoda, which will advertise on the sleeves.