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With a little bit of a dilemma for me

Today was Ainsworth Trophy Semi-Finals Day with Lancaster playing Rochdale at Carnforth CC and St. Helens versus Tameside at Haydock CC. The target for all the players was to get to the Final to be played at OId Trafford on Monday September 12th.


On surfacing today after the great excitement of yesterday I was supposed to be off at around 10.15 to match manage the game at Haydock.  A phone call from Geoff Eccles at 9.15 changed my plans. I did arrive at Haydock, but at 11.40 am after a 108 mile trip from home to Carnforth, and then down to Haydock. Geoff was unwell and unable to match manage the game at Carnforth.  I enlisted the help of Chairman Dennis to look after the game at Carnforth but he needed match balls and rules. Hence the round trip. We actually needed the rules as both matches were badly affected by the weather. It is always difficult when the rules covering rain delays tend to benefit one team rather than the other. In my case the teams, officials and supporters realised the problems and accepted the umpires decisions with good grace.


The Ainsworth Trophy Final at Old Trafford on September 12th will now be contested by Rochdale and Tameside.


Now on to my dilemma which relates to yesterday. When I knew I was going to be late at Haydock  I asked my colleague John “Batman” Williams, who I knew was attending the match, to warn the umpires that I would be later than expected but hopefully would arrive with the match balls before the scheduled start.


After the game had started Batman raised the issue of my “dilemma”.  As he put it “Was I going to use my blog to tell my readers of a personal success of yesterday” ?  


I said without hesitation “You bet I am”.


So here goes.


Thomas Heaton scored 117 runs in the Bury Under 11 match against Burnley at Lowerhouse Cricket Club yesterday making me a very proud granddad.


Bury Under 11’s are now through to the Final of the Bob Hurst Trophy.


I did not see the innings as I was at a meeting at Old Trafford with Andy and Dipesh  !!!


Tom may suggest I stay away more often.


Last night did not continue in terms of success as the Shakers went out of the Carling Cup to Leicester. We got a little excited after going 2-1 up in the second half but our luck ran out. The “We” happened to be Sophie and Yours Truly. The other family member was a tired Tom resting at home.


Back to the weekend now. Greenmount were facing Astley Bridge in a crucial match on Sunday. After two League defeats the Mount returned to form and beat the Bridge quite comfortably. Our pro got his first century of the season and PJH took another 7 wickets. Two more wins from the remaining 4 fixtures should see us home.


Looking ahead now the weekend brings just one game for the Mount against Eagley, and the Shakers take on Charlton at Gigg Lane.


Next Tuesday we will have the Bob Hurst (U11) District Final and the Hacking Cup (U13) Final. The Bob Hurst Final to be played at Sutton Cricket Club will be between Bury and the winners of the other Semi involving Bolton and Ribble Valley. The Hacking Cup Final will be at Leigh Cricket Club with Bolton playing Ribble Valley. Both games are due to start at 11.45 am.


The season is beginning to wind down now and it is evident that the stresses and strains have affected some managers and coaches in different ways. The picture below shows Batman at his best. He has given me his blessing to show the picture although he has not actually seen it.



Perhaps too many late nights, and what on earth was going on in that tree.


By the way Batman's Under 12 coach for the past season Robin staged an appearance at Haydock today prior to jetting off on holiday.


I have a busy time ahead helping to sort out the Presentation Evening to be held on Tuesday September 6th in the splendid setting of the Point. All players and parents should have received letters asking them to apply for tickets. There is no charge for the event but we issue tickets so that we know how many people will be attending. Last year we topped 400 which was a record. The signs are there already that the record will be broken in 2011.


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