This will not be a long Blog
And there will be no more pictures until I have been trained
Talking of being trained, I did my stint today at Bury Court and they did me proud finishing 45 minutes early. I got to Middleton CC just as the Lancashire U14 innings was starting after dismissing Durham for 148. We rattled along passing that score with plenty of overs left and just one wicket down. Joe Noctor top scored with 61 not out, Dasher Dearden was 45 not out with Tuner the only wicket to fall with 35.
All the lads were sure that this now puts them into the National Finals at Oakham School. I am never certain myself until I can see the facts and figures to prove it, and the ability of some counties to not even put scores on the Play Cricket Web Site worried me. With some research I have been able to confirm that both we and Yorkshire have played eight matches, won six, lost one and had one abandoned giving us equal points. The rule book says quite clearly that the head to head result determines who goes through. Our defeat of Yorkshire at East Bierley was the critical result. Well done lads, Manager Lenny, Coach RP Singh and the ever ready Redders. I would also like to congratulate the acting Manager and Coach for the win against all odds against Cheshire at Sefton.
Before the Finals at Oakham the U14’s will travel to Taunton for their Inter-County Festival next week. The Under 12’s are currently not having the best of weeks losing to St. Stithians, from South Africa today. They were chasing a big total but fell 12 runs short. We nevertheless had our first centurion for the Under 12’s from Cameron McCulloch. My wife got the message from John Hood and he was little more sanguine than yesterday.
If you look at yesterday’s Blog you will see that the photos have now appeared, courtesy of Dipesh who will show me how to do it sometime next week. There’s a little bit of madness in my reason to show these photographs. If you have been following my Blogs from Day 1 you will remember me talking about the “Friends of LSCA” which my namesake the other John Heaton introduced light years ago. When the season is over I intend to pursue the re-introduction of this august body with the major aim of persuading old players and their families to become a “Friend” of LSCA. It will of course involve passing coins of the realm over to become a member. In return all Friends will be able to help support this special organisation which will have its 90th birthday in 2012.
We could do things like make someone President of the Friends. Gary and Phil would be potential candidates. Perhaps you could help me with suggestions. Somewhere in my photo collection I have some photos of a very young, but still big, Andrew Flintoff. We might even be able to hold a sort of Presidential Election raising even more money.
Tomorrow I am going to see the U13’s at Flixton for their match with Cheshire, and then will move across to Newton for the U11 game with Staffordshire. The weather forecast is a little iffy but fingers crossed.
Only one page tonight – no photos – and now it’s Time for a Tesco.
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Having won the last five games in a row Lancashire were looking to make it six and therefore top their group in the ECB Royal London Cup. This would mean a quarter final place and more importantly a home draw! ... Full story