Oh to be in England now that summer’s here
In the midst of darkness and gloom there shone a beacon of light
Quite poetic really. You will see why later.
Once our county season gets underway then the fixtures come thick and fast. It is vital that we have reasonably good weather as otherwise we have immense complications and a lot of very unhappy people. My hopes for a sunny summer seem to have evaporated away and the English monsoon season has dropped on us – literally. Poor old Sophie is an example of what can happen. After playing her first county match against Cheshire she has had the next three against Durham, Warwickshire and Leicestershire abandoned the night before. Apart from missing her cricket she has had to go in to school each time.
I have always been an advocate of “whatever the weather let’s not abandon but decide at the ground”. This has often led to some pretty fruitless journeys but this week this is where my “beacon of light” shone through. On Thursday our Under 15’s were due to play Yorkshire at St Annes Cricket Club. The weather forecast was diabolical, and no one would have complained if I had contacted Yorkshire to discuss calling the game off. The evening before the weather was dry so I stuck to my principles and did not make contact across the Pennines. To be fair neither did they attempt to speak to me.
On my way to St Annes I drove through rain of biblical proportions thinking this is a wasted journey. As I neared Blackpool the rains ceased and on arrival at the ground I was surprised to see both team getting ready for their warm ups. Indeed a start time of 12 noon was agreed with a reduced 42 overs game. We actually managed to get the complete game in without interruption. We kept getting messages from around the county of rain, rain and even more rain but St Annes remained untouched.
There were a good number of spectators including a number of VIP’s. We had the amazing appearance of the LANGAZ or Lancashire Supporters Gazebo – the brainwave of Dasher. All of us from whichever direction were privileged to watch an Under 15 game that was of the highest quality throughout. The fact that we emerged as winners was the bonus although Yorkshire deserve great credit for the way they played. They batted first and reached 145 for 8 off their allotted overs. In reply Lancashire lost opener Calum Turner in the first over bringing Haseeb Hameed in to join Harry Dearden. These two stayed together to see us through to victory by nine wickets. At first they needed to bat cautiously but as the game wore on their running between the wickets and stroke play was exciting to watch. Amazingly all of this happened whilst the rest of Lancashire was in danger of submerging.
The monsoons mean that we have already had to reschedule the Under 15 20/20 Finals and the Harold Bailey U14 Final. The county fixtures at the beginning of next week must be under threat. Sophie has a game against Shropshire at Read on Tuesday. I hope that does not become her fourth wash out on the trot. Tom is due at Penwortham on Monday for an Under 12 game against Cumbria.
I am writing this Blog whilst awaiting news of the Mount’s game this afternoon. They are due to play a Hamer Cup game tomorrow as well. Whilst at Hyde CC last night for an Under 12 training session pictures came across to the mobile phones of some of the parents showing Todmorden’s ground – or the lake that had taken over. You might say how could the Under 12’s have had a practice with all the rain around. Hyde has an all-weather facility that is part covered and well sheltered and a full session was gone through.
Apart from the British weather problems we have also entered the silly season in many other ways. The football fixtures appeared this past week and guess what – the Shakers first home league fixture is against Brentford rotten FC. That man Mr J Hood appeared at St Annes to go on to me about how someone called You Vey Rossler and his team would spoil our start to the season. He then mumbled on about the Shakers being taken over by Glasgow Rangers. I intimated that he had finally lost it but in fact after checking on my new HTC Smarties Phone I discovered there was some truth in his tale. I am glad to see that the powers to be at Gigg Lane have “scotch-ed” all the rumours and we will not be moving the Shakers up to Glasgow.
Believe it or not we have just received a phone call from Number 1 son to say they are planning to make a start against Heaton at Greenmount at 2.30pm. This morning we had called into Totty to obtain our special cricket meat pies and drove past the Log Cabin on the way to replenish our other supplies at Tesco Bury. There was a very large lake on the outfield. How on earth has Dave Willetts and his wet weather helpers got rid of that. We shall find out shortly.
Whilst the Resident Zoo Keeper prepares our food for this afternoon I can mention two important developments. Firstly we are now at the point when the districts who have won through to the LSCA County Competitions will get to know who they are playing in the Quarter Finals. I am hoping to get the draws onto the LCB Website by the end of tomorrow. The other issue is that the Excellence Intranet is now functioning quite well. I am having problems transferring scores onto the special pages on the website but am working on it.
Whilst at St Annes I met my “good” friend Bob Dearden. He is the one who continually puts out the view that I was a non-spinning off spinner. I can remove the inverted commas from “good” now as his first words on seeing me were “that book of yours is superb”. To get such a glowing reference from him is something for me to be proud about, and should persuade all of you who read my blogs but have not bought a copy of THE BOOK to go to the front page of this website and press the order one now button. As the word gets about from my good friend Bob Dearden I can see sales going through the roof.
Well we now have sunshine and the grub basket is filled. Cricket at the Mount awaits.
I will have to conclude with the LANGAZ and its appearance at St Annes. Why is Dasher lurking in the background ???
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