Would you believe it – heat wave conditions on the way
As the cricket season comes to an end
Most weather forecasts seem to be pointing to a heat wave this week – as September becomes October!!!
It is impossible to predict UK weather. We had better enjoy it though as the gloom mongers are predicting another cold winter.
Lancaster RGS beat Bolton School in the last LSCA Final of the season to win the John Heaton Trophy last Friday. My thanks to Nigel Warne for taking the trip to Lancaster to look after the Final. I am pleased that he got there with little trouble as he does have a reputation about not “finding” grounds.
The weekend was a football one for me. The other Mr and Mrs Heaton were off to Haydock Races on Saturday so I had the task of looking after Thomas. His match on Saturday was against Woodbank for whom his mate from the Lancashire U11 team, Lewis Dove, was playing. Tom’s team, Westbury Juniors, let a two goal lead slip and it was Dovey who was smiling at the end.
The afternoon visit to Gigg Lane did not produce a home win but we avoided another home defeat. The game ended nil-nil with Andy Bishop missing a great chance in injury time to snatch the winner. A valuable point for the Shakers still saw us drop into the bottom four.
Sunday saw an early rise to take Tom to an away Lancashire cup game against St. Helens. We were unsure where the game was until the team gathered together. The venue was in fact Ruskin Drive, home of St. Helens Recs CC. This is a ground which has a big history within LSCA especially when Tony Hemingway was involved. In 2011 it was also the setting of another chapter in the varied career of Mr Rudra Singh (You know – the one who looked like the “Gunfighter from the OK Corral” in that U14 team picture). When we arrived I have to say that the other team looked “Big”. Big is not always best, however, and Westbury won comfortably 8-0.
Today I went in to Headquarters to meet with Titch. We needed to firm up the dates for the Squad Coaching Sessions which will begin in January of next year. These dates will appear in an article on the LCB Website under Representative Cricket by the end of the week. Over the past ten years that the Levels of Excellence Scheme has operated we have posted out a lot of information by letter and newsletter. From now on this will be done via the website. Our use of online posting of performances this year shows that this is now the way forward. There will still be the need to inform players of certain issues via letter but we want everyone – players and parents to get into the habit of checking the website.
I am hoping as the winter progresses to get young players and parents to make contributions to my Blog as well.
Congratulations to Chris Brownlow on being named Young Cricketer of the Year by the Cricketer magazine.
Finally I must say I like the new layout in the LCB office. Instead of the “end-on linear placement of desks” we have the “offset side-to-side placement of desks”. Only David Hardman seems to be occupying the same bit of ground. Maybe he had some say in the arrangements. What I really want to know is that as Andy has been off for the past week and a bit since becoming a father again – does he know about the new set-up of desks. You see the move from his room to the kettle in the corner now means “turn right and walk three places, turn left and walk one pace, turn left and walk forward four paces, turn right and walk one pace, turn right and walk forward two paces”. This replaces the much easier “walk straight out of your office and head for the corner”.
This is one of those weeks when I have to walk on egg shells. We are off soon for a fortnight away which includes 12 nights with a Queen. Much of the preparatory issues regarding our departure are dealt with by she who must be obeyed. I just wait in the wings ready for the call to help – or the call to get out of the way. It does all work out normally without a hint of friction??
I am sure this will be the case this week.
Next week cricket will be far from our thoughts as the trials and tribulations of life on a major cruise liner will test us to the limit. I promise one more epistle before departure. There are many who are looking forward to two weeks without one of my Blogs but I have so many fans now I do not wish to be disappoint them. As a Platinum Member of the Cunard World Club I have untold hours of free computer time on the ship. I will try to tear myself away from all the food, drink and good company to give you brief highlights of our journey. I am sure you will all look forward to the Blogs from the Queen Victoria.
Whoops. I forgot that I had changed the picture at the top of the page. Yet another snap of me clutching a camera. Guess where this one was taken from and the name of the beach just at the side of my elbow. We often sing the song at Gigg Lane - "It's just like watching ??????"