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Almost too busy to do a blog

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But I cannot disappoint my followers

This week has been very hectic starting with the two days of District Cricket on Monday and Tuesday. My time has been taken up with sorting out results and performances for the LCB Presentation Evening in the Point at Old Trafford next Tuesday. This is time consuming and I am always aware that rushing things will lead to mistakes.


I had time out yesterday at Bury Magistrates where along with two colleagues we turned up to complete a trial which had gone “part heard”. What this means is that when we started the trial appprox. 4 weeks ago we ran out of time to hear all the evidence. I was anxious to finish the trial in the morning so that I could get to Lowerhouse CC for Under 15 Assessments of newly nominated players starting at 1.30pm. Steve Titchard was going to lead the session but Geoff, the Team Manager, is in hospital at the moment. I did not want Steve to be on his own.


You know what they say about the “best laid plans of mice and men” !!


The defendant did not appear but had been contacted. He was on his way. His brief was in attendance and promised to keep us informed. So we had a coffee. He was on his way from Prestwich. We got an update. He could see Morrison’s out of the window. Which window I asked.


It must have been a horse and cart window because he did not arrive until 11.30am. We had done some bits and pieces of work, but were now ready for the off – and very serious words with the defendant.


Guess what ?? His brief had picked up some work with another defendant in another of our courts and was addressing the bench. No progress by 12.15 so we decided to pack up for lunch and re-convene at 1.15pm. Not happy.


I called Steve at Lowerhouse where he was busy with morning U14 Assessments and said I might be late. I eventually got there at 3.15 with the late defendant found guilty. I now have to go back for sentencing next Thursday. You know what they say about “the wheels of justice”. In this case they moved at snails pace.


When I arrived at Lowerhouse the session was almost over and bless him, my good friend Nigel Warne, had stayed from the morning to help Titch. I have to say “good” friend because Nigel is one of the few people willing to confirm that he once saw me score a century. It was for Radcliffe against the now defunct Castleton Moor and was in a second team match. Nigel remembers as he was batting at the other end for most of my innings.


Going back to the District Finals I have included pictures below of the winning teams. The Bob Hurst Memorial Rose Bowl was won by Bury who defeated Bolton by just one run, and the Hacking Cup was won comfortably by Bolton against Ribble Valley.






The Bob Hurst Trophy is with the Bury Coach, John Steel, but the Hacking Cup is a special one. After I had presented it on Tuesday I had to disappoint the Bolton players by saying I needed to take it off them. When I told them how much it was worth they realised why. I spent some time earlier today at Headquarters doing some serious printing and I returned the Hacking Cup to its secure position.


Ahead this weekend the Mount take on Little Lever away and Mopsie Morris’ Farnworth at home on Sunday. One win and that elusive Championship will be ours. Bury take on Sheffield United away without Ryan, Ryan Lowe who could not miss the chance of playing for Sheffield Wednesday in the same division !!!


Well done the Under 13 Girls – ECB Under 13 National Champions for 2011.


Two age groups to congratulate in the Point.


Plenty to celebrate next Tuesday.

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nigel 02/09/2011 20:28:44
Much to John's chagrin, I don't remember guiding him through to a century. What I do remember is keeping to his flight filth. John was allegedly an off spinner who actually bowled six 'arm' balls an over.
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