Winter is a strange time for a county cricketer. After a frenzied six-month spell through the summer when they flog harder than a 15-year-old boy with a Playboy Pamela Anderson special edition, a fallow six-months suddenly looms.
Until a few years ago, taking up a temporary job selling Christmas trees or delivering yellow pages were the only way the honest county pro could make ends meet through the cold, dark winter.
Nowadays, the Indian Cricket League is offering a way out for those players not good enough to make an international tour, or too lazy or bashful to play club cricket abroad.
Concerned counties, worried that players who sign up for the "rebel" ICL may incur penalties from the England & Wales Cricket Board, are trying to prevent their players from flying east this winter by asking them to sign 12-month contracts instead of the usual seven-month deals.
The ECB is pledging some £75,000 to each county to help finance the move for year-round contracts. Which sounds a lot, but works out at about £5,000 extra per player - barely enough for a new kitchen, which is why most players are rejecting the idea.
Cowers isn't sure how much one gets paid for selling Christmas trees or delivering Yellow Pages, but if investigations discover it is over £5,000 for five months winter labour, consider this blog his last - Cowers will be off in a flash.
Matthew Hoggard is looking on the bright side after learning that he will not be given an ECB central contract and be forced to re-sign with county side Yorkshire from next season.
"Mercifully, nor will I have to travel to London to sit through long, drawn-out meetings, such as the one that the England players had to attend this year when we were getting our new kit and were required to discuss what sort of trousers we were going to wear.
"There may, however, be other perks of the job that I will be missing out on. Take the sponsored car, for instance. We have been sponsored in the past couple of years by Volkswagen, which has been generous enough to give each of the England players a shiny new 4x4.
"I imagine that will have to go back, so I may have to revert to the Robin Reliant."
COMING UP: The opening day of County Championship title-deciding action from around England. It's like the cricket equivalent of football's UEFA Champions League final, FIFA World Cup final and FA Cup final rolled into one. Except that the "drama" is stretched over four days instead of 90 minutes, ruined rather than enhanced by rain, watched by 12 people rather than 80,000, and the winners will pocket £100,000 rather than £25million.