Weekends are not quite the same now that cricket has finished
An autumn of fixing dates, nets and meetings instead
Weekends without cricket are a lot calmer in some ways but rather boring. Saturday mornings are Tesco mornings. Saturday afternoons are either spent at Gigg Lane or watching Jeff Stelling and his lunatic mates on Sky Sports (waiting for the Bury score to appear).
The Shakers were successful at Bournemouth yesterday and are now mid-table.
Saturday evenings are usually spent at a hostelry for tea, followed by a large dose of Spanish football and the odd Tesco Moment.
Sundays find Mr and Mrs Heaton Junior tending to the needs of the Totty Con Brigade and Tom and Soph spend the day with us. Most Sundays will give me the joy of transporting Sophie around the highways and byways of Lancashire with Westbury Diamonds. This Sunday there was no game so her Mum took her to morning training.
Teatime on Sunday’s sees the entire family gather together for dinner. Sunday evenings bring even more Spanish football and Tesco Moments.
I thought I would tell you about weekends in this Blog then I do not repeat it through the winter as weekdays are different. I spend a fair amount of time planning for the next year’s season although it looks like I will be on transport duties as Tom begins his coaching sessions with the Under 12 Development Squad. He has already met Manager, John Williams, down at Taunton, but will meet Coach, David Leighton, for the first time. David is a long-standing coach in our system. If Tom is successful in keeping his place then David will be his coach for at least the next two years. The squad sessions will take place on Sundays in the New Year. Prior to that Steve Titchard has introduced some Skills Sessions focussing on Batting, Fast Bowling, Spin Bowling and Wicket Keeping. Tom will be in the batting group for four sessions starting in November. I am sure he will get great benefit from this coaching as will all the other players in the Under 12 to Under 15 age groups.
Prior to this last season’s Under 11’s are having a “party” at Leigh Cricket Club on November 1st. It will be good to see the lads again and to renew friendships with their parents.
My fixture arranging has been complicated for 2012 by the ECB as they have again chosen more Sundays than ever for the fixed dates for the Under13, 14 and 15 Competitions. We have great difficulties finding grounds on Sundays in June especially. We are only allowed this season to move games earlier than the “fixed” day and only if the other county agree.
We have had another problem with the Taunton Festival dates which appears to have been resolved. We will have to wait for Malcolm Broad to return from Barbados for confirmation. As soon as I have the dates they will be placed on the LCB website under “Excellence”. I will also mention them in this Blog.
This is, also, the season of Meetings although only one next week at Darwen Cricket Club. Others follow at regular intervals.
The other focus I have at the moment is in trying to compile a History of LSCA ready for our 90th Birthday in 2012. I have made some steady progress already although it will be some time before I get to final publication. I will try and show you some interesting moments in our history along with photos where possible.
My first moment comes from the year 2002.
It was rather a special moment.
The County Ground was bathed in sunshine early in July on the day the Queen was to officially open the Commonwealth Games at the City of Manchester Stadium. The route for the Commonwealth Baton was set to pass by Old Trafford on its way to the opening ceremony. The powers that be had decided that the ground would be a place where the Baton would be passed from one carrier to another. Keith Barker had been chosen to carry it from the centre of Stretford to the ground. Surrey were on tour in the North of England and we invited them to play us at Old Trafford. The timings for the day meant that the game would start after the ceremony on the ground. Many hundreds of young people from Stretford had been invited along with their parents and the ground was very busy. All the young cricketers from Lancashire and Surrey provided Keith with a guard of honour as he circled around carrying the Commonwealth Baton to hand over to Clive Lloyd who then passed it on to the next standard bearer. What a unique and special occasion.
The crowd cleared and the match started. All the events of the day must have inspired Keith as he demolished Surrey almost single handed, as the score below shows.
Thurs. July 25th v SURREY at Old Trafford (45 Overs)
LANCASHIRE 207 FOR 1 (Barker 100* Garner 74*)
SURREY 144 (Barker 4-21 Blake 3-18)
Lancashire won by 61 runs