Where Do I Start Twixt Taunton and Oakham
Added to the problems of finding somewhere to eat in the evening
We start with the cricket at Kings College, Taunton, where a lot of little Under 11’s returned to action after an exciting evening before at the County Ground. One of the participants in that game – Steven Mullaney – appeared at the College in the morning staying throughout the day, supporting his friends from Leigh Cricket Club.
Lancashire were down to play Gloucestershire on Pitch One right in front of the main school buildings. This is quite a stunning view but the pitch has a slope and the outfield an even bigger one. Not the easiest of grounds for young players. We adapted much better after we had inserted Gloucestershire and with some good bowling and fielding had them struggling on 60 for 6. There then followed a very good partnership which took our opponents into three figures. Their innings finished on 151.
The batting order was changed around to give players a chance. This did not work quite as expected until James and Lewis (P) came together. They proceeded to knock the ball around with gusto until the scurge of U11 cricket struck and Boney was run out. Captain Tom entered the scene at this point and half the Heaton family started to pace. Why the worry I said as Lewis and Tom saw us home with 17 overs to spare. Tim McK and Coach Steve had been wondering where the first 50 would come from. So well done Lewis Pearson – and I hope there are more to come.
By the way Tim had his glued up sun-glasses stuck on the top of his head all day.
During the same day my mind was also 200 miles away in Oakham where our Under 14’s were playing Norfolk in the Semi-Final of the ECB National Trophy. I was relying on texts from the ever reliable Redders. The first was disturbing – Norfolk were 66 for 1 after 16 overs and the players were off the field for rain !!! The next was much better and the one after even better still. Norfolk finished their 45 overs on 128 for 9 and Matthew Parkinson had taken 4 for 16.
Now although our Premier Inn breakfast is amongst the finest I have ever had their text / mobile phone reception is dire. Eventually the word came through that we had passed the Norfolk total with just 4 wickets down with Tuna top scoring with 61 not out. Well done everyone. The Final tomorrow (Wednesday) will be between Lancashire and Devon. Come on Lanky.
The Under 11’s have a “big one” tomorrow against Surrey on Pitch 6 which is miniscule and several hundred yards for the main school buildings. Now on such occasions one always has to be mindful of the “facilities”. I did a recce this afternoon to discover that we will have to use the well named “Portaloos” or walk the walk. Could be an interesting day.
This evening after much family debate in the Beer Garden of the Beefeater at our Premier Inn, it was decided to drive the short distance to a nearby Premier Inn which had a Brewers Fayre café attached. This was due to the fact that granddaughter SLH was still a little picky with her food. With the aid of iPhone SatNav we arrived safely at the “OBridge” eatery to find it shut.
Now at this stage I must say a big thank you to Steve Hunsley, Chairman of the U12 Chapter of the LSPA, for recommending the Green Castle Inn to Mick Dewhurst, when they had been down for the U12 Festival. Mick had alerted Number One Son earlier in the day. He then guided me (as the taxi driver) to this said establishment from the defunct Brewers Fayre venue.
What a splendid recommendation. Two steaks and a bottle of plonk for two notes of the realm valued at £10 each. The Heaton family and Super Supporter Helen benefitted from this special Tuesday only offer. Sophie walloped her steak down in next to no time but like me did not partake of the wine. The other remaining members of the family did not refrain. The disastrous start to the evening was rescued. It was quite splendiferous
Now it could have been tiredness or something else but the senior Mrs H had trouble with her vowels and consonants on the way back to our lodgings.
Back in the Beefeater Beer Garden we anxiously sought news of the Shakers (Bury FC) match with the once mighty Sheffield Wednesday, whilst looking at the game between Exeter and Brentford. Our erstwhile scorer John Hood after the end of the U11 match had gone to his car for the journey to Exeter for the match against his “club”. They won 2-1 but so did Bury. So Na Na Na Da Na Nah.
Tomorrow Super S Helen departs by train back home. Unlike me she cannot stand the stress any more. Before departing she will help us all cope with another Premier Inn Breakfast – I think I will be having a cereal, then 3 rashers of bacon, 2 sausages (possibly 3), tomatoes, plus the dreaded baked beans.
I mention this at this stage bearing in mind the portaloo situation tomorrow.
So at 10.00 Lancashire U11’s take on Surrey on Pitch 6 and at Oakham School at 10.45 am Lancashire U14’s meet Devon to determine who will be the National Under 14 Champions for 2011.
No pressure ????
No worries ???