All the very best for Christmas to all my readers
Back in the New Year – Better than ever
This is my last Blog posting until the New Year. Still much to do cricket wise but it can all wait until 2012. My main concentration is to make sure I am ready, willing and able to be there whenever, wherever, whatever the Mrs wants from me. I have a feeling that when she gets her Christmas pressie from me I will have zillions of brownie points – but until then I must ensure I stay alert and ready.
We had no footie this weekend (and I will be staying very quiet with regard to the Shakers) for either Thomas or Sophie – thank goodness with the weather we had. Sophie had a Lancashire girl’s trial at the Indoor Centre, Old Trafford on Sunday. I took her and watched from on high. She did OK. It really is great to see how many girls are involved now. Thomas has his final skill set nets on Wednesday with Dave Leighton and will begin his Under 12 Squad Sessions in the New Year.
Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Asher on the latest addition to their family. There must be something in the air in the LCB offices.
Whilst I was at Old Trafford on Sunday, Bob Dearden, an old, very old, team mate from my Radcliffe days arrived. We were watching a young off-spinner having a one-to-one when he perpetuated this long-held myth about me being the best non-spinning off-spinner in the history of the Central Lancashire League. My good friend Nigel Warne who kept wicket for me for many years also continues to push this mistaken belief. A good off-spinner needs variation and that is exactly what I used to do. The very occasional ball that did not turn was quite deliberately bowled. Will someone who played for Radcliffe when I was in my pomp please come forward and set the story right.
Talking of pomp take a look at the photographs below of the North and South teams from 1962. There are quite a few well known cricketers in there including two future England internationals. When I get back to blogging in the New Year I will let you have a full list of the names.
The year was 1962.
Finally I end today on a very sad note. You may remember the Blog about the legend of Tottington Conservative Club – “Pocky” when he had a tea bag in his spectacles. Well Stephen Poxton had been ill for some while and he took a turn for the worse about ten days ago. He was admitted to hospital but sadly passed away last Monday. His funeral will be this Wednesday at St. Annes Church in Tottington. You can always tell how popular a person was by the number of people who turn up at their funeral – there will be standing room only for Pocky. Thanks for the memories.