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Lancashire are the 2011 County Champions

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Not been able to say that for 77 years

Absolutely brilliant.


What a wonderful day for everyone connected with the County Club past and present. Yet I must say this morning as I looked at the position of the matches at the Rosebowl and in Taunton, Lancashire were not the favourites. The fat lady had got the piano out and was choosing the song to sing to congratulate the likely winners of Warwickshire. But – as the old cricket saying goes “It is not over until she starts to sing”.


Now as I told you in my blog of Tuesday night the missus and I were off to Liverpool to see the Queen – for the second Thursday in succession. This time is was the turn of the Queen Mary 2 to come alongside at Pier Head. This she did most magnificently without the help of a single tug boat. She really is a splendid ship and there were huge crowds to watch her arrive. In fact if as many appear at the Shakers next home game they will have to shut the gates.


As we drove back home we passed by Liverpool CC’s ground at Aigburth.  I commented on the potential disappointment today. The good lady mentioned the fat lady and I coughed.


On arrival back at Turks Road I decided to check the internet for the dreaded news. What I discovered was that the fat lady had re-positioned herself and was now considering a different melody – something like “Lanky, Lanky, Lanky, Lanky, Lancashire”.


The scorelines I saw suggested a completely different scenario to the one I had headed off to Merseyside with. Now when you have waited so long for something as special as this, an element of doubt still remains embedded in the psyche. Loosely translated that means you cannot relax until the fat lady is singing out at the top of her voice. Bob Willis may say “Lancashire are romping this” but you still cannot accept it.


With the tele on, the computer on ball by ball from the Lancashire website, the missus cooking the tea and me checking on the phone, it was not until Croftie struck the winning run that I could actually believe it had happened. The fat lady was in full voice – “Lanky, Lanky, Lanky” etc.


The reason the good lady was getting the tea ready a little earlier than normal is because I was going off to a meeting at guess where – Old Trafford.


The meeting tonight was a Lancashire Schools Executive one. We looked back on the 2011 season and began our plans for 2012 but there is no doubt there was a special atmosphere.  We could all remember the many players down at Taunton from their LSCA days.




Absolutely brilliant.


Definitely worth an extra special Tesco Moment.

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ted 16/09/2011 06:53:57
Yes, absolutely brilliant, CHAMPIONS at last.

The beauty of this for me though is that most of those in the team squad, right down from Mike Watkinson, have come through the LCB junior set up, local league cricket in lancashire and indeed LSCA cricket which should tell everyone how hard all the mum's and dad's, club cricket coaches, those who run and organise youth cricket and of course supporters work during each summer.

To produce such a team of tallented cricketers from local cricket is testament to our haigh standards and is surely a finger post to other counties. Invetsing in our youth is the way forward.

Well done everyone connected with Lancashire cricket.
Martin D Bates 16/09/2011 11:39:55
Yorkshireman here wishing your lot congratulations. Worthy winners with a young team (and a Tyke at the helm). Well done our friends in the West.
highfield cricket club 16/09/2011 12:41:07
Congratulations to all associated with cricket in Lancashire. This is a triumph for the first team squad and coaches etc of course, but the coaches, captains, mentors and all of the "behind the scenes" volunteers at clubs within the county should take a bow. They have played their part.
highfield cricket club 16/09/2011 12:49:40
Congratulations to all associated with cricket in Lancashire. The first respondee, Ted, has said it all really, but the sentiment is worth re-inforcing. Coaches and other volunteers are at the heart of what the clubs are trying to in support of the County first team squad and they, backed up brilliantly by the Lancashire Cricket Board, are doing an excellent job. Great stuff.
John Hayes 16/09/2011 13:46:42
Fantastic that Lancs are county champions. I was beginning to think that it would never happen and the feat is completed with local boys! Must be something to do also with the coastal micro climates of Liverpool Southport and Blackpool!
Well done to all at the club
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