Sri Lankans will look back on 2007 with mixed feelings. It has been a year in which there has been a great deal of hardship for many. The cost of living has surged ever upwards, and the heightened civil war has brought increased suffering, especially for those in the north and east. Cricket, though, as so often seems the case in Sri Lanka, has brought happier memories, with the national team enjoying a largely successful year. The game is not a panacea, but certainly a welcome and much-needed distraction.