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Great news from Taunton as Under 14’s win their Festival

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Now it’s on to Oakham School and the National Finals

Mark Waddington won his fifth toss of the week and inserted Kent who were blown away by the bowling of Matthew Parkinson and Saqib Mahmud taking 4 for 18 and 4 for 12 respectively. Kent ‘s final score of 96 was passed for the loss of just 3 wickets with Joe Noctor top scoring with 40. Five matches played with 5 outright wins is quite a performance and bodes well for the big one next week. Well done everyone so far.


Last night I posted my first picture on the Blog and over the next few months I am sure there will be many more. At the Presentation Evening on September 6th we are hoping to show a number of team and individual photographs through the audio-visual system in The Point. I have asked Team Managers to email parents to let me have any photos they consider suitable for me to select certain ones and pass them on to Dipesh. I repeat that request here and now. They need to be in JPEG format. My email address is below.


How things change over time. I remember our first ever “Get Together” as we used to call the Presentation Evening. This was held at Rawtenstall Cricket Club and we had Harry Pilling as our guest along with Cedric Rhoades. Why Rawtenstall you may ask. Well our LSCA Chairman at that time was Terry Holt, who was then captain at Rawtenstall. Terry is of course now “mein” host at the LCCC Cricket Centre.


We moved from there eventually into the Members Bar in the Pavilion at Old Trafford, then into the Tyldesley Suite, and of course last year used The Point for the very first time. My first view of the Point was also last year at the One Day International between England and Australia, when in the lunch interval Andrew Flintoff cut the ribbon to officially open the Point.


I had chance to talk to him that day and that discussion pointed to another way in which things have changed since he was in our system. He greeted me with “It’s Mr Heaton.” I responded by saying “Andrew, I know I cannot call you Freddie, but why can you not call me John.” He then said “You will always be Mr Heaton.” When Andrew, and many others in his era and before played for LSCA, the Managers of our teams were all teachers or ex-teachers. So it was always “Sir” or “Mr”. Not so today. It is now 10 years since I retired and that practice has disappeared. I do not have a problem being called John. In fact when I was at school I knew full well that although I was referred to as “Sir” and “Mr Heaton” I was called other things by many of the pupils, and probably many of the staff as well. I can remember a message that had been carved in one of the concrete blocks in the school yard.


The message said – “ Mr Heaton is a ???????” Obviously I cannot insert the actual word at the end, but what made me smile is that whoever had been responsible had remembered out of respect to put the “Mr” in first.


It was fairly easy I would say to pick out Andrew Flintoff and Philip Neville from the team picture of 1992 on my last Blog. The future Lancashire captain was, of course, Mark Chilton, who was next to Andrew on the back row. The well known League Professional is 2nd from the right on the front row -  I’ll give you a little longer to work that one out. I have the names of all of the others but again if you think you know them or even recognise yourself please send me an email.


Finally with laptop ready I am hoping to keep the Blog going next week from Taunton.


All I need is a wi-fi connection.

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