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16 October 2017

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Please see the update from the Play-Cricket Helpdesk Team


Hi there,


We’ve made some changes to the administration home page, adding a range of buttons at the top of the screen. We've divided these options by the function you're performing, as explained below:          


  • During the season, ‘Day to Day’ is the place to be. This will contain results and fixture management, registrations and communications with your leagues.
  • ‘Site Management’ includes the Site Builder, Photo Gallery, Calendar and Information Board which customise the look of your site. About Us, Member Database and Messaging Groups are also included.
  • ‘Set Up’ is where you can do all your pre-season work, setting up your teams etc.
  • We have moved all the ‘Reports and Downloads’ into the same place.
  • Finally, we’ve moved the ‘Uploads’ into one place. This is where you can upload members to your database.


Should you have any issues or questions regarding your Play-Cricket.com site please contact the helpdesk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

04 October 2017


Update from Paul Tatton (Chairman of the LCB Groundsperson's Association) about October advice on cricket ground maintenance.

Our patience has been tested over this autumn renovation period due to a couple of damp months. As I write some clubs who have had late fixtures may well be still waiting for a window to top dress, but fortunately temperatures have kept reasonably high to let seed germinate. I suggest you keep an eye on accurate weather forecasting!

I anticipate a record leaf fall this autumn, so be vigilant on keeping gullies, ditches, gutters and drains free from leaves, so that drainage is working to its optimum.

There will be a LCB Groundsperson’s Association meeting in October / November to set out our winter programme, having not met during a congested playing season. My intentions are to run a pre-season training session at Westhoughton CC on pitch and square ‘setting up’ along with pitch preparation procedures and square maintenance at a basic level. This will take place in late March 2018, probably on a Tuesday if weather permits, with refreshments / lunch and a Q&A session to follow if requested.

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A reminder that there's some good online resources available on groundsmanship and I encourage you to have a look at them: Useful Groundsmanship Websites.

NOTE: If you need to speak to me from November onwards, please contact me on my mobile phone number 07977 318406 as my landline will be out of action from then.

Paul Tatton (LCBGA Chairman)

21 September 2017


Bookings for the ECB Coaches Association National Conference is now OPEN.

Cricket Unleashed has given the game in England and Wales a new direction and coaching is at the heart of igniting growth, inspiring participation and enhancing performance.

The Conference entitled “Change the Game” is the ECB CA’s flagship event and will take place over the weekend of 28th and 29th October 2017 at St George’s Park.

This iconic venue will provide the backdrop to an excellent opportunity for your coaches to broaden their knowledge by listening to and interacting with some of the top coaches and practitioners in the country exploring relevant and contemporary issues.

Further information of the event including, available packages, full list of presenters, can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/ecbcaconference.

Coaches are encouraged to join the ECBCA at the conference as an opportunity to learn and share experiences from others and network with many like minded coaches.

Book now by clicking below!

15 September 2017


Colin Dawber from Leyland has been awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Outstanding Service to Cricket Award (OSCA) in Lancashire. 

The 72 year old has been involved with cricket for over 60 years and continues to dedicate his life to it. He passionately still umpires, team manages, administrates and coaches youngsters for no other reason than for the love of the game. 

He started getting involved with the sport at just 10 years old, taking on the role of scorer at the now closed Leyland Motors Cricket Club, graduating to playing at 14 and eventually went on to captain the Second XI for many years. 

He moved into umpiring in the early 1990s, joining the Palace Shield panel, later becoming the Umpires’ Secretary and Life Vice President of the junior section in 2000. His love and dedication to junior cricket led him to travel around the county, umpiring where he was needed, in the Northern League, Lancashire League and Bolton League.

Away from umpiring, Colin has also served as a groundsman, assisting with the upkeep of many cricket grounds, including Leyland Motors, Leyland CC and Vernon Carus CC. 

His biggest driver is seeing Lancashire County Cricket Club thrive on home grown successes, and has managed county games for the Lancashire Schools Cricket Association. His interest in junior cricket continues, with him currently running the Palace Shield Under 14s Inter-League team. 

He has many friends across the County’s recreational cricket scene and is considered by his peers as a stalwart of the game and one of very few people that simply dedicate their life to it. 

Managing Director of the Lancashire Cricket Board, Bobby Denning said: “I would personally like to thank Colin for his contribution to Recreational Cricket for a significant period of his life. 

“You think of Colin - you think cricket. 

“Many of my colleagues at the Lancashire Cricket Board will have worked alongside Colin in a variety of environments over the years and many have the same thoughts as I do - a good man who lives for cricket. 

“That in itself is why it's important we recognise the commitment shown by Colin for so many years. A deserving winner.” 

Further to being awarded the LCB OSCA, Colin will be put forward to be considered for the National OSCAs, which will take place at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Monday 9th October.

15 September 2017


John Smith has been awarded the ‘Umpires and Scorers’ Outstanding Service to Cricket Award in Lancashire for his tireless work in cricket as the Chairman of the LCB Association of Cricket Officials and as a longstanding Palace Shield and Lancashire League umpire.

John has been a member of the Palace Shield panel of umpires for nearly 20 years and has regularly featured highly in the league’s own Nompere Trophy which rewards excellence as an umpire.

As Chairman of the LCB Association of Cricket Officials, a voluntary role, John has run numerous umpire training courses within Lancashire and enabled many new umpires to be recruited. The Association has 540 umpires and scorers as members who are supported by the committee, LCB and ECB.

For many years John has also umpired in the Lancashire League on Sundays, giving many hours weekly supporting the game he is passionate about and for the benefit of many who play the game.

John said: “I am delighted to receive the award. It is pleasing that the LCB hold umpires & scorers in such high regard.”

Managing Director for the Lancashire Cricket Board, Bobby Denning added: “John is a gentleman and long standing friend of the LCB. It is right for us to be able to recognise his contribution, often undertaken with minimal fuss and no doubt often under the radar.

“Not only has John given back to the game as an umpire, he has significantly contributed to others giving something to the game by enabling new umpires to be recruited and developed.

“I am confident in saying the agreements recently put in place between the Northern League and Palace Shield, have been easier to navigate through and reach sensible outcomes, with John around the table.

“A solid and knowledgeable cricket man.”

As the winner of the ‘Umpires and Scorers’ category in the LCB OSCAs, John has been put forward to be considered for the National OSCAs, which will take place at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Monday 9th October.

John sat down with Bobby Denning at the LCB Knock Out Cup Final at Emirates Old Trafford to chat about his award and experiences in umpiring. 


17 August 2017
Ian Walling

The player of the month for July is Mohammed Nadeem from Great Eccleston who scored 217 runs in the 5 games in the period as well as taking 15 wickets.
The team of the month for the same period is Garstang 1st XI who won all 5 games scoring 59 points and taking themselves into the top position in the Premier Division.
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