We're having to get used to a new way of life at the moment and the transformation is certainly bringing its challenges.

In normal circumstances, adversity can be fought off for a while at least by some form of distraction and for a great many of us, that role has been filled in the past by sport.

Obviously that's a luxury we don't have at the minute either, which hasn't made the whole 'lockdown' business any easier.

For now, there's pretty much only the daily dander to look forward to and one of mine this week took me to Corrody; home of the old Waterside Cricket Club.

Obviously it's a place close to my heart having spent many happy years at the club.

Visually (as you can see from the photo) it was a stunning place to play. As well as that however it was a place we spent so much time with family members and people who are now lifelong friends.

The old pavillion may not be there, and Charlie Kelly's sandwiches have been claimed by the birds, but considering it hasn't been used for cricket for 35 years, it was such a good ground that the right men would probably have it ready again in a fortnight.

And it got me thinking that the last couple of months have generally been a bit of a learning curve. Since this pandemic started, I have lost count of the number of 'Best Ever' articles I've seen strewn across social media.

And in nearly all of them the authors have all travelled down the same path- Memory Lane.

There's no doubt that in North West cricket at least, things were better back in the day. Strong teams like Sion Mills, Strabane, Brigade, Eglinton, Donemana and Limavady flew the flag with some degree of success up and down the country.

As a Union we boasted an Interprovincial side as good as any, however over the years that dynamic has shifted due to a combination of factors. With the growth of Ireland's men's team in the past 15 years, things have changed still further.

It is at International level that the bills are paid of course, so a strong Ireland team and strong Interprovincial sides to feed it have become essential.

Despite that however, I can't help but get the feeling that we've lost the run of ourselves a bit at club level. By all means we need a strong club set-up that in turn feeds that Interpro squad, but it is imperative that more than just an elite handful of clubs are catered for.

The NWCU did a lot of work over the winter that was aimed at redressing the balance. It talked to players, officials and supporters at all teams in all leagues to try to find ways of improving the game here.

There are plenty of distractions preventing the same numbers of youngsters coming into the sport than was the case 20 years ago. What we need to try to do is find ways of making the game more accessible, albeit it's an uphill battle.

In the meantime, bringing the game here (at least outside of the Premier Division) back to its roots would be a good first step.

Now is clearly the wrong time for it but when things are better, it would be great to see the social side of things improve. Teams joining together for half an hour after a game, the way it used to be.

Sure, social pressures are different now but it doesn't always have to be win at all costs. Nor should it be about who can afford the best 'pro' or pay the most hired guns.

The Union is working hard behind the scenes at the minute, trying to come up with various scenarios that would work best if and when we get the green light to play this summer.

There are likely to be many restrictions attached when that does happen and maybe, just maybe, for one year at least, clubs can get their cricket fix without paying out vast sums of money to play and run.

There is room here for clubs who want a serious tilt at the top prizes, but equally so for those who want a good afternoon's competitive sport and a bit of fun with it.

It's important, especially now, that both of those are catered for.

Therein lies the challenge.