Three National Champions will make quite a Presentation Night
Let’s hope the big boys avoid the drop
On Wednesday September 12th at 7.30pm we will hold the 34th Annual Get Together for all the county age groups in Lancashire. This traditional event began way back in 1979 at Rawtenstall Cricket Club when our chief guest was Jack Simmons. It has progressed from those days when we had around 80 present to being hosted in the Magnificent Point at OId Trafford with projected numbers for our 2012 Presentation Evening of around 600 plus. This season will have seen a total of 217 young players pull on the Lancashire shirt from the brand new age group of Under10 right up to Under 19.
Three of those teams have become National Champions – two of the Girls’ teams at Under 13 and Under 17 and the Boys Under 15 age group. This is a magnificent achievement and will be at the centre of the celebrations next Wednesday. We must not forget all our other teams who have turned in some excellent performances in a rain hit summer as well.
For the past few years we have been joined by Mike Watkinson, Peter Moores and Glen Chapple as well as other senior players from the County Club. This time all of these will be in the middle of a rather critical Championship match against Surrey at Liverpool. This game was due to be played at Old Trafford but has now been switched to Merseyside. We will not know until nearer the date who will be with us. The vital thing is that our big boys who did so well last year hang on to their place in Division One.
I am busy at the moment putting together all the details we need for the Presentation Evening. I had offered to let someone else do the review of Under 10 to 16 but I was persuaded to do it (for the umpteenth time). The other John, John Stanworth is booked in to do the 17 to 19 review, which he has been doing for the past umpteen years as well. I do understand there is the possibility that the County 2nds may be involved in a 2nd XI Final that day in which case I may have to extend my portfolio. Just imagine 45 minutes from me waxing lyrical. I just hope they put a light on my lectern as my eyesight is not getting any better.
I am always worried at this time that we miss a trophy and with games still being played then it can get quite a close run thing. In fact my good friend Steve Titchard is currently down in Welsh Wales at Newport with the Under 16’s in the company of Chris the Scorer and Redders. As the official Manager of the Under 16’s I declined the chance to travel down to the wonderfully named Spytty Park, Newport for this game to work on the Presentation Night administration.
Whilst Titch is away I do believe I can take the chance to publish a photo of him which I took at Maghull CC earlier in the season – now you know why I have been referring to him as the Incredible Titch. This is by no means a payback for him introducing the “Heat Is On” concept.
How Green is My Valley. Well he is in Wales at the moment.
As I am in the mood and have just read Jenny’s Blog about the Girls Teams – Brilliant – I cannot resist adding this picture as well.
I really do not want to be doing this at all.
You may all be thinking the end of the season has arrived. Not at all. The Harold Bailey U14 Schools Final is at Blackpool CC starting at 11.00am this Wednesday. The Under 12 and 13 Inter-Schools Finals need to be sorted and we have our big day at Old Trafford on Monday September 17th when the Ainsworth Trophy Under 15 Final will feature Bolton and Sefton. Is it no co-incidence that as the schools return for the Autumn Term that the weather improves. It is well over ten years since that fact used to irritate me but it will not be lost on Sophie and Tom when they return to Woodhey on Wednesday.
What does happen when the last game is played – we start planning for 2013.
The saga of who will win the Bolton League continues but with just two games left it looks like Everybody’s Favourite Team will become Champions – but it looks unlikely it will be the Mount. Two wins over the weekend were matched by two wins by E-F-T, otherwise known as Farn’orth. They have even sneaked a bonus point in as well. The Mount had to overcome the fact that Stewie’s back has reached crisis point. He took to the field at Greenmount on Saturday and did not bowl, but he missed out completely at Heaton on Sunday. Mark is a legend in the Bolton League in many, many ways and will remain so whatever happens over the next two matches.
The Saturday CB40 Semi-Final at Old Trafford meant that Greenmount’s scorer went missing again as she waved some flags as the Lancashire and Warwickshire teams took to the field. The three Girls teams at U13, 15 and 17 were the Guard of Honour for the teams in recognition of their very successful season. I took the chance to use my Vice-Presidential status and take along the younger Mrs Heaton for lunch in the Point and a view of the game. We travelled first class by virtue of Metrolink giving us the chance to enjoy the County Club’s hospitality, The “us” did not include Sophie who had a bag of chips from one of the outlets at the ground. I was hoping that the game might lead to a trip to Lord’s for the first time for yonks but it was not to be.
Thinking back to that first Presentation (Get Together) Evening way back in ninety seven’plonk at Rawtenstall Cricket Club I remember that the highlight of the evening was the Pie and Peas Supper.
We transferred that bit of the agenda to Old Trafford when we moved into the Long Room and then the Tydesley Suite. The cost, however, kept going up. So we did a RAFFLE. That worked for a while But numbers were dropping. Finally I remember Stanny receiving a bill for what we have got to refer to as gold plated pie and peas and he decided to drop the food – and the numbers have shot up since.
I mention this because I have received an email – just one- asking if there will be any food available next week. Blame Stanny not me. I still miss my Pie and Peas after the actual presentations have taken place. I wonder whether Holland Pies would consider sponsoring us next season.
600 Pie and Peas. I wonder how much that would cost in the Point.
I hear Tesco calling. I wonder if they would pay for the Pies and Peas.