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A rather wet Blog this time

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The keyword for this latest Blog is “RAIN” and plenty of it.

The weekend began at Old Trafford where the County had their final zonal game in the T20 series against Northants. Although the weather threatened to ruin this game it was completed successfully for Lancashire although the final stages were unavailable for the 900+ guests in the Point as the LCB OSCA’s were reaching a climax as well. Congratulations to all OSCA winners and well done to everyone involved in the organisation of the event especially David Hardman.


Saturday dawned with even more rain and it looked like any chance of cricket would be limited or nil. My afternoon was expected to be spent at Greenmount watching the match v Heaton. The early news at 12.30 from son and granddaughter (scorer) was that the ground was a lake. A 35 over contest amazingly began at 3.15 and was concluded at around 8.00 under very threatening skies with another victory for the Mount setting up a 22 point lead at the top of the Bolton League over their nearest rivals who played and lost. Greenmount posted a score of 208 with 3 50’s from Plon (Kerr), Woolly (Simon) and Hornby (Danny). Heaton were soon in trouble as the evergreen pair of Stewy (Mark) and Phil Heaton bowled them out for just over a hundred – 5 wickets each.


Sunday morning dawned with threatening skies. An early departure from home to Glossop was needed as I was Manager for the day of the Under 15’s in their ECB Cup match against Derbyshire. I must just have kept ahead of the rain because within minutes of arriving the weather filled in and heavy rain started to fall. Brysie (Paul) was coach for the day as regular coach Rudra had swanned off down south to play in some match between Old India and New India. Guess who Rudra was playing for. I was Manager in place of Geoff Eccles. Neither of us was called on to make any crucial decisions other than agree with our Derbyshire colleagues that there was no hope of play. The trip across did give me a good chance to “talk” to the Parkinson twins about their part in the Heaton performance at Greenmount the day before.


My return home was made through heavy rain expecting the news which came at about 1.00pm that the Greenmount Hamer Cup Semi-Final with Little Lever due for the afternoon was a victim of the weather. This will now be played next Sunday weather permitting. This news meant a rapid re-think about catering arrangements for the afternoon. Along with the rest of the family the decision to re-locate to China Cottage in Rammy was met with approval. The cricketing theme continued though as Grandson, Thomas, demolished a crispy “duck” and Granddaughter, Sophie had some chicken “balls”.


I am writing this epistle on Monday at 9.30 and guess what – it is still raining. Today’s planned visit today to Highfield CC for our U12 match v Warwickshire became a victim of the rain last evening. Tomorrow the U13’s are due to be at Haslingden against Lincolnshire and the U11’s are away in Yorkshire at Blackley CC. Both of these must be in doubt if this wet weather continues. More games follow this busy week.


Enough for now. Let’s hope for better weather as the week progresses.


Update - the Under 13 match v Lincolnshire due to be played tomorrow at Haslingden has been called off. The ground is more suited to swimming than cricket at the moment.


John Heaton (


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