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What a splendid evening was had by all

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Development of Excellence Presentation Evening 2011

The Point was the venue for the second year for this major event in the LCB Calendar.


Everybody who was anybody was there. Over 400 players, parents, family members, friends etc assembled to look back on the season of 2011 and to celebrate the successes. Two of our age group teams won their respective National Championships – the Under 13 Girls and the Under 14 Boys. Well done to everyone involved with those two teams. It was great that Mike Watkinson and Peter Moores came along, and that even with a massive game today at Liverpool, the county captain Glen Chapple, and Karl Brown made the top table a very impressive one indeed. Both Glen and Karl of course, and a good many of the current county squad will remember the September evenings when they gathered to celebrate their days in the Development of Excellence process.


Super scoop photographer Jenny Laycock was snapping away all night and I am sure there will be a special article posted on the website with many of those pics. So I will not go on too much about last night other than to say to everyone – I hope my little bit did not go on for too long, and that you enjoyed the evening and were able to reflect on your involvement this summer.


During the afternoon whilst we were setting up the room I was able to look out across the ground and see the amazing amount of work that has already been done over on the far side in preparation for the construction of the new Players and Media Centre. I will be back at Old Trafford on both Sunday and Monday for the last 2 games of the season.


On Sunday the ground will host the LCB Final between Greenmount and Walkden. Both these clubs have met twice this season with one victory each so I see this as an evenly matched game. I expect there to be quite a decent crowd providing the weather sorts itself out by then. On Monday I will be back bright and early for the U15 Ainsworth Trophy Final between Tameside and Rochdale. What a great opportunity for all those involved with both games to play at headquarters, and to see the re-shaping of the ground almost taking place around them.


We are almost at the point when cricket i.e. the playing of it will cease. LSCA still have two Inter-School Finals to play – the Under 12 Bunbury and the U13 John Heaton Memorial. After that we move away from playing cricket to having meetings. I have a whole winter of meetings to look forward to starting with 2 next week. I am going to bore you constantly over the next few months of blogging. I also hope to do more digging around into my archives. You can help there because as I start to show some of the memorabilia I have you may want to let me have some of your special memories as well, as long as they are in jpeg format.


For now. It was a great evening last night. My thanks to all who helped and contributed to its success, and once again we can say loud and clear >>>






Fingers crossed !! Let’s just hope that in a couple of weeks time the big boys bring a special trophy to Old Trafford as well.


For official feature on the Presentation Evening select: Mattie & Nalisha named Young Players of the Season 2011.


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