A Tale of Two Counties
From a wet Lancashire to a dry Somerset
The monsoon weather of the past couple of days has hit the county of Lancashire whilst 250 miles away in Taunton the rains have stayed away – for now.
The two day match between our U15’s and Yorkshire at Bootle was called off today – Day 2 – with just 16 overs possible yesterday, and obviously none today. I went across yesterday battling through massive traffic holdups in St. Helens to arrive in heavy rain. In truth I had really gone to see if the Bootle lunches lived up to their reputation and they did.
Yesterday early morning communications between my home, Burnley, Clitheroe, Bury and Bolton, and four Umpires led to the decision to call off the two Bob Hurst Semis. As per the rules both games were moved to the reserve date which was today. The overnight heavy rain and its continuation led to the same process today as yesterday and the matches have been called off again. Already prepared for this eventuality and following discussions with our officials we have decided to let the four teams find another day between now and the Final which is on Tuesday August 30th at Sutton CC. I will post the details of the new dates on the website when I get to know. My thanks to John Williams for helping me with the phone calls yesterday and today. All the teams have been advised that a winner must be found on this next occasion even if it does mean the dreaded bowl out.
Imagine trying to do a bowl out at Lowerhouse today. Picture courtesy of Stan Heaton
Way down south in Taunton the U14’s continued their winning ways. We battered Cornwall to reach a total of 280 for 1 in 45 overs. We declared early on 45 overs to give them longer to get the runs but more importantly for us to bowl them out for maximum points. This we did for 164 with Callum Parkinson and Tom Williamson taking three wickets each. In our massive score Tuna got a ton (103 Not Out) and Dasher Dearden fell 2 runs short of his on 98.
The way the results are going we must be favourites to win this Festival.
Looking ahead now to the weekend the Mount have a big match against Walkden on Saturday followed by the Lancashire Knockout Semi v Norden on Sunday, both at home. I will be off with Tom, his mum and the missus to Taunton for rendezvous at Kings College. The rest of the family will follow later.
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