Another two good days for U12 & U11
But not so good for the Under 15 team at the Heaton’s.
On Wednesday we had two county matches with the Under 12’s at Fulwood & Broughton playing Lincolnshire and the Under 15’s at Heaton Mersey CC for their return fixture with Cheshire. I went to the latter as I was covering for the manager who is away. “Brysie” was there as coach covering for RP who was still involved in the preparations for the Test Match at Lords. “Redders” was also in attendance. The Under 15’s had beaten Cheshire in the previous week at Bootle but on this occasion gave a poor performance losing comfortably. Cheshire were up for this game as they say but I am afraid we were not.
The Under 12’s overcame Lincolnshire at Fulwood & Broughton with good batting performances from Tom Billington and Sam Oldham. They have had a good season so far. I am hoping to catch up with them next week to see the dynamic paring of John Williams and Shaun Anders.
Today (Thursday) Greenmount Cricket Club did a splendid job of staging the U11 game with Notts at such short notice. The U11’s continued their impressive improvement with a serious demolition of their opponents. Rehan Udwadia continued his outstanding season with 5 wickets for just 12 runs. He took 4 wickets in one over clean bowling all four. The Notts total of 75 was passed with over half the 45 overs remaining.
I was so chuffed at the way things have turned round for the U11’s that I thought a couple of jugs at Greenmount would be better for me than the drive to Old Trafford for the LCB meeting. This might lead to me being disciplined but I don’t care. Tom had a good knock as well, as did James, and Frankie Jones top scored with 24.
Just a passing comment about the Heaton’s – the Four Heaton’s actually. When I arrived at what I believed to be Heaton Mersey CC on Wednesday the poster inside the club said “Welcome to the Heaton’s”. I thought of asking someone if I could have the sign to stick in my garden at home. In fact after further investigation there are four Heaton’s – Moor, Norris, Chapel and Moor. Perhaps this might have confused our players – thinking there could be four like me.
Last for tonight I said I would let you know where my nickname at Primary School in Nottingham (West Bridgeford was the posh part) came from. This was down to the fact that my dad ran a fish and chip shop on Central Avenue that was rather popular with the locals and my mother cooked for the restaurant above the “chippy”. It seemed inevitable that I would become “Chippy”. That name lasted until my parents made another move when I was 12, this time into the licensed trade at a place called the “Old Three Pigeons Inn” in the village of Nesscliffe, just outside Shrewsbury. It was there that I used to go and watch the local army camps football team play. They had rather a good team. Someone called Bobby Charlton turned out regularly for them !!!
Time for another Tesco moment.
Big weekend for Greenmount with a trip to bogey team Horwich on Saturday, and the Hamer Cup Semi at Little Lever on Sunday.
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