A Plea for a Return to the Traditional End of a Match
And more news of a busy week
It has struck me more than ever this season especially with the county matches I have seen that we have moved away from the traditional end to games that I can remember. Like – letting the 13 players plus 2 umpires shake hands on the field at the conclusion of a game – and then leave the field with the batsmen first being clapped off whether they have won or not, or made a score or not. They would be followed by the fielding side to be clapped off and where necessary be led off by someone who has turned in a top performance. The umpires would normally follow last. The shaking of hands, patting of backs and thank you’s would take place off the field in and around the changing rooms. If then a coach or manager wanted to speak to the players this would take place in the pavilion or back out on the field.
What I see now is a stream of players and officials emerge from around the pavilion heading out onto the field of play with a long line of players heading in opposite directions shaking hands. Sometimes there is an attempt at clapping individuals off but the whole thing looks a mess and makes the end of a game an anti-climax. Some young player may have played a major part in the success of his or her team and deserves to be shown this on leaving the field. In one game recently the opposition never got off the field at all. They were told to sit down near the edge of the square and were then talked to for at least 30 minutes.
So come on everyone – let’s get back to cricket traditions. I will keep on about this from now on.
I said it was busy week starting with grandparent duties last night when Walshaw U13’s beat Standish. Tom has had enough mentions already – so well done Sophie who scored 14 not out and took 1 wicket.
Today I went across to Urmston with the good lady to watch the Under 12’s play Yorkshire. Shaun Anders and John Williams are the Batman and Robin partnership who do so much good work with this age group. John Hood does the scoring and as always when we met up mentioned Brentford FC. I cannot wait for the match at Bury when we put them to the sword. During the afternoon Andy Hayhurst and Steve Titchard appeared just as tea was being served. Andy kept going on about some blog he had written about Devon Malcolm. Wait till I get round to telling you all about facing the likes of Roy Gilchrist and Joel Garner. It was great to see Steve as well.
Oh I had forgotten – what about the match. WE WON !!! Yorkshire batted first and were dismissed for 141 with the wickets being shared. Lancashire passed the White Rose’s total with 10 overs to spare. James Howard with 43 and Osman Butt with 29 not out took us from 67 for 4 into a winning position. Well done everyone.
Tomorrow (Wednesday) it is off to Liverpool and Sefton Park CC for the Under 14 game against Cheshire starting at 1.00 pm. I have many memories of Sefton Park and the company of such Sefton members as Robbie Robins and Charlie O’Mahony to name but a couple. The LSCA matches played at the ground were blessed with good cricket, good company, good food and good wine. I, also, remember going over one Sunday with Greenmount to play in a Lancashire Knockout game. There was no play due to the weather. The game was fixed for the following week but the coach that had brought the Greenmount players and supporters was not due to return until the evening. You can imagine what happened.
Big game tomorrow as the Cheshire team have only lost one game as Lancashire has. A win could bring back some hopes of reaching the Finals at Oakham. I did say that Rudra was to be with me tomorrow but we have moved to Plan B. “Redders” will be there for the warm up etc and “Brysie” will be with us shortly after. He has only managed one other fixture so far and the U15’s lost – to Cheshire. So his luck must change
Watch this space.
When I have posted this Blog I am going to see what Andy has said about Devon.