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The day that the rains came

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And spoiled the day for so many

Cricket is a great game except  for when the weather takes a turn for the worst. It is possible to play many sports in all sorts of weather but cricket is one which requires warm sunshine and gentle breezes. Over recent weeks we have done quite well but today was not one of our best.


Add to that Cheshire turned up for their game at Flixton several hours too early. Fortunately I had a copy of my email sent in March which advised a start time of 1.00pm. There was also confusion in the midst of Flixton CC which produced some fine grub but not a covered wicket. The lack of covers did for the game eventually.


I had gone to Flixton to see Bully and Dave Leighton before intending to move across to Newton le Willows where Tom was due to play against Staffordshire. The weather, however, put paid to that one as well. I got home nice and early and I have updated the July Performances section on the website.


Dipesh has now shown me how to check how many visits or “hits” have been made to a particular entry on the website. Believe it or not my most popular entry to date is the Player Performances for June with 2053 hits. I have also clocked 1,200 hits across all my Blogs to date. I think Director Andy is getting jealous at my success.


The weather hit the U12 Taunton Festival today but our boys did manage to get a 30 Overs game in against Gloucester beating them by 6 wickets in the last over. James Howard continued his good form with another 50 and Cameron McCulloch added 3 wickets to his fine century yesterday.


The managerial team of Lenny and Nigel charged with the care of the U14’s down in Taunton in a week’s time had a meeting this evening at the Sparking Clog in Radcliffe just up from where I live.  I took the Presentation Evening invites that I forgot to give Lenny yesterday. When I returned home I contacted Ken Lake of ESCA about the U14 National Finals and he was able to tell me that the full instructions will be emailed to me early next week. I will be able to get the necessary information to players and parents in plenty of time. He was not able to confirm the other Finalists but suggested they were Norfolk, Devon and Staffordshire. All will be revealed early next week.


It’s a bit early for a Tesco moment so a little surfing looks in order.


Busy weekend ahead – The Mount play Social Circle in the League on Saturday and then travel to Little Lever for the Hamer Cup Final against Kearsley on Sunday. PJH tells me that each player when going out to bat will have a “song” played for them. Plon (Kerr) has chosen these songs for the Greenmount players but refuses to divulge the details. Could be interesting !!!

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