Went to see the Queen in Liverpool on Thursday
And I took the good lady for a treat
Well to be honest it wasn’t really THE QUEEN but actually one of the Cunard Queens – Queen Elizabeth making her maiden call in Liverpool. This started off a week-long festival which will conclude when the Queen Mary 2 leaves Liverpool next Thursday after also spending a day in the city. We are planning to be in Liverpool next week as well to witness the arrival of QM2 at Pier Head. Not wanting to bore you with non-cricket trivia (but I am sure I will) we will be off on the other Cunard Queen, Queen Victoria, in early October.
I have noted the barbed comment from Mr Nigel Warne about my non-spin off spin bowling plus the fact he has no recollection of my magnificent hundred at Castleton Moor (even though he was at the other end). I wonder if he can remember the following week when I took 8 for 18 with my non-spin off spin bowling against Milnrow – he should do as he was keeping wicket. Even better is the fact that I got another ton the following Saturday – although my memory cannot drag back who it was against. Three weeks cricket – two centuries and an eight for. That was my one and only purple patch, and Nigel was there.
I have been casting a wary eye on the weather forecast. Three days of cricket lie ahead – the Mount are at Tonge today, and then travel to Old Trafford tomorrow for the LCB Final against Walkden. On Monday the Under 15’s of Tameside and Rochdale are at Old Trafford for the Ainsworth Trophy Final. I was at Headquarters yesterday printing off some programmes for the Ainsworth match, and was amazed at the amount of work completed in clearing the far side ready for building work to commence. Andy H said he had been out to the wicket which will be used on both days and said it looked a blinder. Now Walkden’s pro Usman has got himself in a little bit of form at the moment, like three tons on the trot, but hopefully the Mount’s powerful batting line up will also profit on the Old Trafford wicket. Mind you as you will see from the photograph if any sixes are hit into the building site will we be able to get our balls back.
Prior to going off to Tonge I have a small matter of a local derby between the Shakers and Rochdale to go through with Tom. It is likely to be a big crowd for Gigg Lane and I understand we have been turfed out of the Family Stand for Rochdale supporters to use. We will have to place our bottoms somewhere else.
Fingers crossed for good weather and a very exciting and successful weekend again – but you never know. As I often say “Cricket can be a great game – but then !!”
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