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Looks like being a close call

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Monday May 21st and the Big Match has been on my mind for some time and here we are just hours away. As ever in this part of the world there are weather concerns. Well on that front the gods have looked kindly on us and temperatures are set to rise and there is no rain forecast for a few days. We are expecting a goodly number of guests for the match between Lancashire and Yorkshire Under 15’s at Old Trafford including two “old” boys in Jack Simmons and Warren Hegg. If you are thinking of coming along please use Car Park B and then look for directions as to where you can sit. I was told we would be using the Point but I notice that it was not in use today for the CB40 match.


Whether I will be in a position to sell copies of my book about Lancashire Schools is open to speculation. I am hoping that a phone call to the printers in the morning will tell me that copies are available for collection, or better still are on the way.


Set around the complexities of tomorrow is the real business we are here for. Although the match at Old Trafford is billed as a friendly no meetings between Lancashire and Yorkshire can be so deemed. Our Under 15 team became National Champions last season and will be looking to build on that this season. At Under 14 level they played in the group stages against eight different counties including Yorkshire. I remember the game at East Bierley when we gave them a good thrashing. They did not like it and this year will be out for revenge. Unlike the Under 14 Championship this year we will play the four best Northern Counties home and away – Yorkshire, Northumberland, Cheshire and Nottinghamshire. We are hoping that this first game against Yorkshire will set us up nicely for the season ahead. The first ECB Cup game will be against Cheshire at Bunbury CC on Sunday June 3rd. They are not a bad side either – remember it was a last ball victory at Sefton Park when Brysie gave me a bear hug. Quite a season to look forward to.


The day after the Big Match sees the Under 12 Final Trial at Ormskirk. This will bring out the Grandad in me. The Under 11’s and Under 13’s have finalised teams and the letters have gone out to some very excited young players and equally excited parents. I always think of the others at this stage who get the “sorry” letters. There is no easy way to say “sorry” but this year you have missed out. There is no easy way to take the news either. All I would say to those players is to persevere and continue with your cricket – you never know what lies ahead. One young man who received a letter last year saying he had not been selected has done just what I suggested. He received the good news letter  this time and is back in the system.


What of the weekend just gone. Well first up I took delivery of my new motor. Quite chuffed with it especially the Blue Tooth. The nice man who handed over the car did the “pairing” for me when I collected it but did not go into enough details about how to use it. The Handbook was equally baffling so today when I took Sophie to football I sat in the car and tried to get the Blue Tooth Fairy working. It is one of those devices which can be voice activated and you end up speaking to a lady’s voice whilst reading out numbers aloud. I managed to get five names and numbers in by the time the game had finished. Mind you the lady in the car next to me must have been thinking about calling for the yellow van as I kept talking to this Blue Tooth lady waving my hands in exasperation. Sophie called her mum on it going home to say they had won 7 nil and she had scored a goal. I then called home to say we were just turning on to Turks Road. Sad really.


To finish with I must of course tell you that the Mount continued on winning ways at Westhoughton on Saturday. It was my first time at the St George’s Oval and I was quite impressed. As can be expected making the journey in my new motor I needed to be sure that I could position it in such a place as no one could be tempted to loft a six on to it or even through it. For those yet to visit this splendid ground let me warn you that you will need binos if you want to get close up to the action. It is a massive ground and it was a long walk round in fleeing conditions. Fortunately we were able to sit in the car and watch Stewie get four wickets and bowl through. He doubled his tally for the season in one match. Young Heaton got just three this time round and the Westhoughton total of 170 plus looked daunting.


Enter Bomber, Plon and the Pro and game over.


Just time to post this on the website and then check everything for tomorrow.


Just had the first Tesco Moment but another one is on the way

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