Cricketless day – but lots ahead with regard to District Finals (and the Mount)
Yet time to look back in the archives
Starting with the Mount this weekend this brings just one fixture against Eagley at home. A win in that will help take the club to the first League title since Philip was aged 16 – and he’s knocking on the door of 40 now. Whilst that is in progress super Tom and yours truly will be down at Gigg Lane for the match v Charlton Athletic.
On Bank Holiday Monday Bolton U11’s will play Ribble Valley at Daisy Hill CC to determine who will play Bury in the Bob Hurst Final the day after. At the moment the weather forecast hints at reasonable weather for both days. The Bob Hurst Final will be at Sutton Cricket Club starting at 11.45.
Tuesday August 30th also sees the Hacking Cup (U13) Final between Bolton and Ribble Valley at Leigh Cricket Club with a similar start time of 11.45.
We are also now into the period of time when young cricketers who have impressed throughout the summer get their chance to be looked at in the different age group assessment sessions which get under way next week. This is always a difficult and testing time for these players and parents. The process we have now has become refined and the numbers on trial much reduced. There is often an argument put forward that once the squads are sorted out at an early age it is almost impossible to break in. This is just not so. I can give many examples of players in this season alone who have made the break into age group teams and done very well. The Development Squad games at Under 14 and 15 have unearthed some gems. I am sure the Under 14 team will have been delighted by the contribution Saqib Mahmood made in their overall success this season. He is a fine example and was not in the system until the assessments of last September. Good luck to all the players involved over the next couple of weeks, and if this time the breakthrough does not happen, do not give up with your efforts.
Now back to the archives. I have unearthed a couple of pictures from 20 years ago. They show the North and South teams from the annual Under 15 show piece game at Old Trafford played in 1991.
I also have a programme from that game which lists the players – but not in the order on the photos.
The North Lancs team in batting order was Philip Neville, Andrew Hawyes, Patrick McKeown, David Charlson, Keith Webb, Simon Davies (Capt.), David Howard, Christie McDonald (Wkt), David Horan, Andrew Wylie and John-Lee Perry. The two reserves were David Tomlinson and Chris Wylie
The South Lancs team in batting order was Lee Marland (Capt.), Mark Chilton, Philip Knott (Wkt), Chris Parkinson, Richie Bann, Ben Minogue, Paul Green, James Wisniewski, Stephen Farnell, Charlie Dagnall and Waseem Afzal.
Just for note my colleague Geoff Eccles was one of the umpires. I remember the game well as Christie tried to catch one in his mouth and had to go to hospital with yours truly assisting.
I know where some of the above are now but it would be great to hear more especially if the people concerned are still playing cricket.
Next time, I promise, I will dig around other years and not keep showing photos of Philip Neville – mind you he could well have been one of England’s cricketing greats – but for football.
What with having to take Sophie to Gigg on Tuesday, and a late arrival home from Haydock last night, and much to do even then, I have not really celebrated that special occasion on Tuesday.
So with your permission I feel a Tesco Moment coming on.