A much more gentle day
And news of a new organisation in our midst
Today was a day when one of my other roles in life came into focus. It was 34 years ago almost to the day when I was sitting in the bar at Radcliffe Cricket Club when two ex-Mayors of the Borough persuaded me to put my name forward to the local Magistrates Court as a potential JP (Justice of the Peace). After a couple of years of hearing nothing things began to move and in August 1980 I took the judicial oath and began my training. Training then compared to training now was very different and over quickly. The view was that the best place to develop your knowledge was actually in the courts themselves. Much has changed in the system over that time but it still remains one where local people give of their time freely. Today I was Chair in the Youth Court with two trials to try and complete in a day. One lasted longer than expected and went part-heard. It also meant my hopes of getting out early to go to Radcliffe CC for the 2 Day U16 Festival match was delayed.
Brysie had told me he would be there and as the ground is literally within two minutes of home I still decided to call – even though it was 4.30pm. He was nowhere to be seen. Dave Goodall was there and was also expecting to see him. So I said hello and goodbye. Where was Brysie ???
This evening was spent at Walshaw watching their U11’s play against Bolton Indians. TJH was playing. They won easily.
I have referred in my blog to the stresses and strains of cricket watching. I know many a famous cricketer who has gone through our system and I have seen how parents, grandparents and other family members have shown their support and gone through extreme levels of stress, raised blood pressure and other symptoms. Michael Atherton’s Mum watched almost every ball as he progressed through our teams moving from a leg spinner who could bat a bit to England captain and world class opener. She never showed any signs of tension. His dad was as bad as I was at watching his son. I have no idea where he went when Michael went out to bat but when my son Philip played his first match at Old Trafford for Lancashire U11’s v Warwickshire I was downstairs in the Gents.
The reason I am twittering on at this stage is that I have been informed of the inaugural meeting of a new organisation which will have its first meeting at the Perkin Warbeck Public House, in Taunton on Sunday evening. The new organisation is the LSPA – the Lancashire Stressed Parents Association. This will be attended by parents going to Taunton for the U12 Festival.
I thought all of this was over and done with many years ago. Can I be the President ???
Those who see me at games will know that I am an inveterate walker around the ground. I must have done thousands of laps over the years watching Lancashire Junior teams and must have walked almost round the world in overall terms. Most laps have been completed at a reasonably gentle pace although I must admit the last couple at Sefton on Wednesday were rapid. The fastest “lapper” that I remember over the years must have been Neville Neville. You will realise from his name that Gary and Phil were the reason behind his lapping. I will eventually get round to both of them if my blogging continues.
Having said that if big Nev was a rapid lapper then Greenmount’s Danny Metcalfe’s Dad is Superman. He circuited Little Lever in record time last Sunday when Danny was batting.
Time for a Tesco Moment.
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As receipt of nominations for the 2014 Lancashire County Boys Under 10 squad has now closed, please find below an extract from Team Manager John Williams’s report on a memorable and successful last day at the England Schools Cricket Association Under 10 Festival for the 2013 squad. ... Full story