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Are you not doing a Blog tonight

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That was from someone who said “What’s a Blog and Why are you doing one?”

She who must be obeyed cast serious doubts on my mental capacity when I told her I was going to write a Blog on the LCB Website. Now I get “Well have you done one” and when the answer is “Yes” she’s straight off to the computer to have a read. Now tonight when I was settling down to read the documents before I do the Assault Guideline Training tomorrow at Bury Court I got “Are you not doing a Blog tonight?”


Well here is a little one for now. Last night I ventured with Grandma to watch Tom and Sophie play for Walshaw U13’s at Darcy Lever. Walshaw won easily just as an Ice Cream van arrived. Now I can remember having ice cream from Mr. Whippy when I was younger and having raspberry juice over my cornet. A couple of the Walshaw players returned from the ice cream van last night with cornets covered in a sort of gunge that was multi-coloured and looked revolting. I wonder how many e-numbers were contained in the gunge and how hyper the lads became later.


Today saw the Final U15 ECB Cup game of the season at East Lancs CC, Blackburn. The missus and I went along to what eventually became a very wet East Lancs. Lancashire batted first after a delayed start and managed to reach around 130 plus in the 40 overs allowed. Just as that innings finished the heavens opened and meant that after tea had been taken an inspection by the umpires resulted in an early trip home.


I said the other day that I was sure that John Hood, our erstwhile scorer for the U12’s and 11’s would keep me up to date with the goings on at Taunton. Yesterday’s phone call was very bubbly following a victory over Devon in the first match. I was glad that I missed his call today as we were returning from Blackburn. The message on my answer phone was far from bubbly as he reported defeat by Surrey. Now John who calls Surrey “the dreaded Brown Caps” was somewhat anguished by the result and his language was “colourful”. My wife said “I didn’t think he knew words like that.” To prevent any potential for phone hacking I have erased said message. I hope the results for the rest of the week go our way.


By the way the full results for all our teams can be found in the Excellence section of the website.


Tomorrow I am required to attend at the Bury Court House for some magisterial training which is due to end at 4.30pm. Now the U14’s have a very important fixture beginning at 1.00pm at Middleton CC. A victory over Durham will hopefully get them into the National Finals. I will be hoping that the course leaders want an early away as well and we finish a little earlier than anticipated, and I can get over to Middleton.


I remember Middleton very well from my days at Radcliffe Cricket Club. In my third year at University in Aberystwyth I was anxious to retain my place in the 1st team which I had earned at the end of the previous season. I arranged with one of my fellow digs mates for him to transport me in his very small Austin 8 from Wales to Lancashire to play in Radcliffe’s first match of the season which was at Middleton. Austin 8’s did not go very fast and in spite of leaving Aber very early we did not get to the ground until the game was almost due to start. We had lost the toss and were fielding and after hurriedly changing I found myself out on the field. Our professional was Sonny Ramadhin and Middleton’s was Basil Doliviera. They got a very big score and I finished with 1 for 55. Now Sonny Ramadhin ended up with 1 for 75 but he wasn’t the one who got dropped for the next game. At least it meant no more lengthy journeys in a very, very small Austin 8.


Now look here – I said I would just do a little Blog to give the wife something to read and already I am on to page 2.


Apart from my own cricketing life at Radcliffe I have also over the years had the very great pleasure of watching many great players as they have progressed through our ranks. Last night at Darcy Lever I was reminded of a Lancashire Under 13 match against the Wirral played on that ground in 1985. John Crawley, who went on to play for Lancashire, Hampshire and England scored 169. I have a mass of photos etc etc in my garage at the moment and over the winter months I intend to delve into my archives and come up with information and where possible pictures of ex-players.


Now I happened to have a picture taken on that day in 1985 at Darcy Lever in my study at home. I have had no training inserting pictures into the body of this Blog but here goes.



I had removed a number of pictures from my archives to help David English produce the Handbook when the Bunbury Festival was held in Lancashire a number of years ago. I have not got round to putting them back into their original files. Out of the 20 or so I have now been looking at I thought I might share this one with you as well.



This was taken at Fillongley, Warwickshire in 1990 when the brothers appeared on the same Lancashire team for the one and only time.


It is definitely time for a Tesco Moment!


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