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What wonderful weather we are having

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More like frost bite than sun burn

The British Weather always has a surprise for you – like tropical sunshine in March and arctic frosts in May. Are we in drought or are we not. It has always been one of our problems at this time of the year to find ideal grounds for our trials. The general feeling has been that if you move nearer to the coast then the better are the chances. This has not been the case in 2012 although to be fair it really does not matter as most grounds have been soggy wherever they may be.


I do hope that over the weekend that the weather picks up ahead of the game at Old Trafford on Monday. Things have really moved on and more and more of our past officials and friends have indicated they will be coming along. Jack Simmons, our President, is going to represent our older “old” boys and Warren Hegg our “younger” old boys. Many of LSCA’s Life Members will be at Old Trafford including two, Bob Stamp and Frank Smeeton, who total 178 runs between them.


We have been doing our best to tie in the Anniversary Match against Yorkshire with publication of my book. Things are looking pretty good. The last information I had was that printing was due to begin today - Tuesday. Unless there are major technical issues then I am hoping to have copies at the match for sale. If this looks unlikely I will post another blog before the weekend.


Lots of things to do before then.  I got the list of the Under 11 players selected for 2012 from Tim McKiernan yesterday and will be posting out envelopes about the Levels of Excellence Scheme in the morning. There will have been a lot of excited little boys (plus mums and dads etc) yesterday. The Under 12 Final Trial letters were received as well yesterday. It should have been the North v South Under 15 at St Annes tomorrow but that was called off this afternoon. With the fine help of Stretford CC the game has now been re-located – which meant many, many phone calls this evening from the Heaton residence.


Monday night I was at Newton le Willows for the Under 15 Girls training session. The team for the first game against Cheshire at Urmston on Friday was selected and, bless her, Sophie has made it. She was quite nonchalant about it, and as usual played her pop tunes on the way home to irritate me. Just to show how sad the Heaton family, the elder end of it, has become I did remember whilst at Newton to make sure my new breed came safely into the world and the Heaton Zoo Mark 2. I have to admit that at the weekend one of my new breeds passed away in Tesco as I had forgotten about it. Super supporter Helen was quite amazed at what two Senior Citizens do in their spare time. Better than over testing the properties of red wine I would say.


I gather I am trekking to Standish on Thursday evening with Walshaw Under 15’s. This could be the first journey for my new motor or the last for my old one. It is still uncertain whether the date to get my hands on it will be Thursday or Friday. Friday might have to become Saturday if I am transporting Sophie to Urmston.


Saturday sees the Mount travel to Westhoughton. This follows another victory last Saturday at home to Little Lever. Number 1 Son added another 7 wickets to make his tally for the season 32. Mind you I did see him on Sunday and I can report that he looked rough and that almost everything   he possessed ached. So Stewie, ye of just three wickets to date, will need to up the ante as otherwise we may need to find a Rest Home for the Not So Elderly.


 Westhoughton have of course a brand new ground, or rather it was new two years ago. Both the Greenmount fixtures over the two years were rained off and we did not travel. Having seen the forecast for Saturday we might get the hat trick.


Directions have now gone out to our visitors for the summer apart from three Sunday games when we have to identify grounds. I will be starting to book coaches and hotels for the Under 16 and 17 programme, as well as agreeing arrangements with the clubs hosting games in Lancashire.


I sent an update to the Fixture Programme to Dipesh today and it is now up on the LCB Website. Any additions or amendments are highlighted in yellow. I will keep adding to this as and when.


A number of players and parents have been in touch by phone and email about the Excellence Intranet. This was the area of the website just available for the Levels of Excellence players, and was used to enter performance data. We, that is Dipesh and myself, asked for some enhancements to this site without really realising the technical issues. I understand we are almost there and the site should become live pretty soon. My apologies.  If we had been up and running the complexities of this evening for me would have been less as the new Intranet will allow real time emailing and SMS messages.


Whilst writing this rather meandering blog I have been fielding emails and texts confirming the different arrangements for tomorrow. One of the great delights of tomorrow would have been lunch at St Annes. They do love to ignore the advice about pasta and not chips. This may be perfectly acceptable and wise for the young cricketers themselves but for us older beings it does not quite work.


In another few days the Lancashire Schools Cricket Association will be 90 years old. There have been times over the past few weeks when I have felt not far short of those years myself. What we could all do with is some sunshine. The Daily Express today was predicting another month of ice cold weather – but they are prone to silly headlines. For now give me a good weather day on Monday.


It’s that time again. Still waiting for email responses from a couple of players for tomorrow though.



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