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It's not often I travel to Yorkshire and win but today …..

This was one of those days when I did not have my LSCA tie on. I told the U11 parents at the start of the season they would be able to tell whether I was on “official” duty or “granddad” duty. Today was the latter. Four games into the season the Lancashire Under 11’s record listed one win and three defeats. It is always difficult for Under 11’s to adjust to the demands of county cricket. The performance today shows that the adjustment has been made. The second match of the season was against Yorkshire who won comfortably. Today was the reverse fixture at the delightful ground of Blackley CC just off the edge of the M62 at the Elland exit. This saw a dominant win by the Lancashire boys – bowling, fielding and catching was so much better and helped to restrict Yorkshire to a score of 129 in 45 overs. Our batting response was emphatic with Tom Heaton (40), Charlie Dewhurst  (31) and Rehan Udwadia continuing his good form with 30 not out seeing us home to victory.

 

It all sounds so simple – Granddad walked at least a thousand miles, with other parents also either walking the walk or remaining in the same place regardless. I wonder if the boys at this age, or in any of our age groups realise the stresses and strains that their parents go through.

 

The Under 11’s move on to play Nottinghamshire in their next game on Thursday. This was scheduled for Denton St Lawrence CC but the bad weather over recent days has led to this now being switched to Greenmount CC starting at 12.30pm.

 

Yesterday’s game for the U12’s v Warwickshire at Highfield was a victim of the weather as was today’s U13 ECB Cup match against Lincolnshire at Haslingden.

 

Tomorrow “with tie” I will be at the U15’s game v Cheshire at Heaton Mersey.

 

It is always nice to see a Lancashire team of whatever age group win but it is even better when that win is against Yorkshire – and even better still when you’ve gone to the game without your LSCA tie on.

 

Just to finish I have noticed that the use of nicknames across teams has become more widespread over recent years. This practice has always gone on in cricketing circles and one often wonders where some of them have come from – for example David Lloyd and “Bumble”. I said in my last blog that Andrew Kerr has become known as “Plon” by his Greenmount colleagues .. “Plon – Kerr”.

 

During my long teaching career I was probably called all sorts of nicknames and even other names – even by the teaching staff. Many of these I could not use in any blog.

 

As a youngster living in West Bridgeford, Nottingham from the age of about 5 until I was 12, I became known by all and sundry as “Chippy” – even by my Primary School Head. In a later blog I will tell you where the nickname came from. Are there any more complex nicknames out there in our cricketing world ?? By the way West Bridgeford is the home of a rather famous Test Match ground and the place where my cricketing life began.

 

Time for a Tesco - that’s for another blog as well!

 

Back later in the week.

 

John Heaton (john_heaton@sky.com)

 

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