A Little Break from the Mayhem
Two days of doing very little for a change
Having said that on Monday I did travel into Old, whoops, Emirates Old Trafford to collect some more boxes of my best-selling book ever. Well it has to be my biggest book success as it is the only one I have ever had published. With my impending retirement it has been decided that funds will be found to cover the printing costs of the remaining stock and I have been busy handing them out to players and officials of the current LSCA teams. Made a mess of the visit, however, as I picked up seven boxes only to find that three of them contained LCB Handbooks. I will need to return these and collect some of the LSCA History ones as soon as I can.
Yesterday, Tuesday, I travelled nowhere and spent a good deal of time catching up on admin needs. Today, Wednesday, I drove to Wythenshawe to deliver the match balls for Manchester v Ribble Valley Under 15 District Quarter Final. Three other Quarter Finals are due in this competition which has its Final at the Emirates Old Trafford in September. That could well be my final, final cricket match as Hon. Secretary of the Lancashire Schools Cricket Association.
Much to do before then though.
The Mayhem returns on Thursday with a 20/20 match for our under 15’s with the London Warriors. They are due at the Emirates Old Trafford Lodge in the afternoon before travelling the short distance to Stretford for a 5.00pm start. They are bringing some “pink” balls for the occasion. After overnight at the Emirates Old Trafford Lodge they will travel to Urmston for a more traditional 40 overs match.
This weekend our Under 14 Development Team will journey to Kings College, Taunton for their week-long Festival. They are the second team to travel to Somerset this season as the Under 10’s in their second year of existence did the trip last weekend and returned to Lancashire with the Festival Trophy. Well done lads.
Next week looks like this.
Under 12 Boys v Lincolnshire at Ramsbottom
Under 14 Boys Development v Kent at Taunton
Under 15 Boys Development v Yorks at Masham
Under 15 Girls Development v Cumbria at Read
Methinks I will be at the last one on the list.
Under 12 Boys Development v Cumbria at TBA
Under 13 Boys Development v Yorkshire at Golcar
Under 13 Boys v Durham at Middleton
Under 14 Boys Development v Essex at Taunton
Under 15 Boys Development v Yorks at Masham
Under 17 Boys v Yorkshire Day at Heywood
Under 19 Boys v Durham Day 1 at Home
I could well be at Golcar – but who knows
This is also Day 1 of the Third Two Day Area games for the Jack Cross Cup
Under 13 Girls v Staffs at Burnley
Under 14 Boys Development v Cornwall at Taunton
Under 15 Boys v Notts at Mansfield Hosiery Mills
Under 17 Boys v Yorkshire Day at Heywood Day 2
Under 19 Boys v Durham Day 2 at Home
This is Day 2 of the Third Two Day Area games for the Jack Cross Cup
The Hacking Cup Semis are arranged for this day – more match balls to sort
Day One of the Third Ashes Test starts at the Emirates Old Trafford.
My goodness how brilliant the ground looked on my quick visit on Monday.
Under 11 Boys v Staffs at Audley
Under 13 Boys Development v Yorkshire at Greenmount
(The Heaton Mobile Catering Service in attendance)
Under 14 Boys v Cumbria at Netherfield
Under 14 Boys Development v Bucks at Taunton
Under 17 Boys v Yorkshire at Littleborough in the ECB Cup.
Day Two at the Emirates Old Trafford
Plus Under 14 Boys Development v Northants at Taunton
That is one manic week of cricketing activity.
It will get even better on Saturday 3rd of August when Mr and Mrs Heaton will be at the Emirates Old Trafford for Day Three of the Third Ashes Test. The Mr will of course be me but the Mrs will be Lady Pamela. She has had a rather rough time over the past few months but is now much better and deserves this special treat. I just hope the Aussies can hang on until Saturday.
On Monday 5th the Under 15 Girls Development team travel down to Malvern College for a Three Day Festival. Similarly the following week the Under 13 Boys Development team will be at Ardingly College in Sussex. Both Sophie and Thomas will have our full support in body and mind – as well as a glass or two from the local Tescos.
I keep hoping that my continual reference to Tesco Moments might bring some form of financial rewards – but nowt to date. You may also have recognised my references to the EMIRATES Old Trafford. A few days in Dubai would be nice.
This has been drifting away from cricket to the other “C” in our lives – Cruising. I am delighted to report that after some deliberations we have booked yet another. This time we will be cruising for the first time on the Queen Elizabeth. If I am still doing some blogs in retirement I will tell you about it when we get back.
I have not mentioned the Mount much. Enough said. This season has not been one of the best. The Second XI are doing rather well with young Tom Heaton opening the batting and scoring regularly.
The football season is almost upon us. That John Hood fellow whenever I see him keeps going on about Brentford. Well we have a Rooney at Gigg Lane now – and he’s scoring goals as well.
What a way to finish this Blog. The Lancashire Lightning have just whupped Yorkshire good and proper in the 20/20 at the Emirates Old Trafford.
Oh Tesco, wherefore art though.
Let’s raise a glass to the Emirates Old Trafford.