Shiver my timbers – as winter takes its first bite
Not terribly difficult to say where that picture was taken from
All the Taunton Festivals have now been confirmed
Over the weekend I received final confirmation from Malcolm Broad, the organiser supreme, of the dates and opponents for the Festivals at Kings College, Taunton. I start, however, with the news that after many, many years the Under 15 Spring Bank Holiday Tour has now been dropped from the schedule. There are many reasons for this. It has become a problem in terms of costs but also as the ECB dates for U15 Cup matches have been set in this period. For the last couple of years this has not impacted on us but the fixture list for 2012 has a match on Sunday June 3rd against Cheshire. We have an additional Bank Holiday to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee and accommodation costs down in Cornwall reflected this. So sadly the tour is no more. Steve Titchard and Geoff Eccles will be looking at ways in which the Under 15 team can be brought up to full speed prior to the commencement of the ECB fixtures.
The full list of Taunton Festivals is as follows:-
Friday July 20th to Monday July 23rd
UNDER 10 FESTIVAL KINGS COLLEGE, TAUNTON
(Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cornwall & Lancashire)
Sunday July 29th to Friday August 3rd
UNDER 14 COUNTY FESTIVAL KINGS COLLEGE, TAUNTON
(Barbados, Buckinghamshire, Cornwall, Kent, Lancashire and Northants)
Sunday August 5th to Friday August10th
UNDER 12 COUNTY FESTIVAL KINGS COLLEGE, TAUNTON
(Devon, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Lancashire, St. Stithians SA and Surrey)
Sunday August 12th to Friday August 17th
UNDER 13 COUNTY FESTIVAL KINGS COLLEGE, TAUNTON
(Cumbria, Devon, Hampshire, Lancashire, Surrey and Worcestershire)
Sunday August 19th to Friday August 24th
PRIMARY FESTIVAL KINGS COLLEGE, TAUNTON
(Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Kent, Lancashire, Oxfordshire & Surrey)
Please note that the pattern of previous years has had to be changed for 2012.
The Under 13 Festival and the Under 14 Festival dates have been swopped. Last year the Under 14’s gathered at Kings on Sunday August 7th. In 2012 they will meet up at Kings on Sunday July 29th.
Similarly the Under 13’s will meet in 2012 on Sunday August 12th and not the earlier date as last season.
This has been brought about as there would have been a clash between the Under 14 Festival at Taunton and the ECB National Finals at Oakham School.
All the other fixtures for 2012 are almost complete. I am waiting for three U11, two U12, and one U14. We will be looking at possibly three fixtures for the new age group at U10 before they go down to Taunton. The Under 13 and 15 age groups are done apart from the final official confirmation.
I would hope to have the full list posted on the website within the next couple of weeks.
Getting that task out of the way is always a bonus. I like to aim for being able to present the dates to our AGM which this year is on Thursday November 17th. The actual venues will not be decided until around February. Eric Linford looks after that for me and will only commence his task after we have met with Andy Hayhurst early in the New Year to look at the possibilities.
Although the weather has turned quite chilly today over the weekend it was kinder. Thomas had a footie match in Littleborough on Saturday which his team lost. On Sunday he scored the goal which meant his cup game in Chorley ended as a draw. He said it was a blinder but I think it was a tap in. The game went to penalties and the manager foolishly did not call upon Tom, and they lost. Sophie had a home game on Sunday which also ended in defeat – she thought about 5-2. She was however made Man of the Match. How you get to be Man of the Match when you let in 5 goals I am not sure. Maybe it was the penalty save she bored us with for the rest of the day that did it
The Shakers had another great away day at Oldham. Maybe we should switch all our matches to away games as we have now won four away from home and just two at home. We are now only five points behind Brentford !!!
Finally I must tell you about Bonfire Night at Greenmount Cricket Club and the Lanterns in the Sky.
We, the Heatons, gathered at the club on Saturday night for a quiet little beer and to watch the fireworks display organised by the local scouts nearby. We were joined by the Stewarts, Bowkers and Willetts, and a few others including Danny Hornby. Prior to the fireworks I took on Tom at snooker. This was a rather lengthy affair but I emerged triumphant in the end.
The scouts display began and was very good, and obviously very expensive. This did not attract much attention from the 1st Team captain and my son as they became engrossed in setting fire to some rather odd looking lanterns that Stewie had brought. Whilst Thomas and Emily, Mark’s daughter were getting very worked up about sparklers, Mark and Philip eventually aided by Dave Willets launched these contraptions into the night sky. You would have thought they had launched a space ship to the moon with the commotion they made – they seemed to be more excited than at any time during the season when they took nearly 200 wickets between them.
I was just about to post this to the website when I picked up the email about the loss made by the county club this past year. I wonder if that chap in the Isle of Man will sponsor a couple of games next year – at a million a time ??????