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04 December 2017


Minutes of the Junior Section of the Palace Shield AG M at Fulwood and Broughton CC on 29.11.17

Started 19.30 ended 20.40

Present:  Chairman, Vice-Chairman, President & CWO, Secretary, Treasurer, Communications Officer,  and members representing 23 clubs.

Apologies:  Chorley, Vernon Carus, Peter Ingham (Walton-le-Dale), Adam Ball (Norcross).

Roll Call: All clubs present,  apart from Preston, Chorley, Walton-le-Dale and Vernon Carus .These clubs will be fined in accordance with the rules.

Matters Arising from 2016 AGM:  None arising.

Chairman’s Address:  John  found his first year had flown by. It had been most enjoyable, especially the U10 softball and hardball finals and presenting trophies .He had managed to get round to all but 4 clubs. He thanked his executive, in particular Mark ( with his stressful year) and Adam ( who was resigning from his role as treasurer), the clubs, the patrons and all the sponsors of the junior section. The future of the competition lay in clubs respecting executive decisions and rule changes as they were designed to make life easier for everyone.

Treasurer’s report: Accounts had been prepared and been handed out. Adam thanked the sponsors – Moore and Smalley, Bill Monitor (U17) , Duncan Cowburn, Walker Fire (U11), Energy Trampoline Parks (U10) and UCLAN ( U13  6-a-side comp.) Slightly more had been spent on teas and grounds. John thanked Adam for all his hard work since 2008. John also stressed the need to put auditors in place. There were no questions.

CWO’s report:  No child welfare issues. Trevor was disappointed at the number of coaches and managers who were not DBS certificated. There had been little response to the courses that Trevor had emailed to clubs so far. With the reorganisation of Lancashire cricket nothing was coming through regarding safeguarding courses. Trevor stressed the need for clubs to contact him as soon as possible if they needed new welfare officers so he could arrange courses in March 2018. John thanked Trevor for his hard work.

Secretary’s report:  Mark’s highlight of the season was the success of the U10s 6-a-side competitions; softball at Charnock St. James and hardball at Eccleston. The event will hopefully run in 2018.

He gave thanks to the volunteers and clubs for hosting events: Blackpool, Chorley, Chorley St. James, Eccleston, Fleetwood, Fylde, Great Eccleston, Kirkham and Wesham, Leyland and St. Annes.

He congratulated the winners of the competitions, especially first time winners: Gregson Lane, New Longton and Tarleton. He reminded the meeting that success for smaller clubs was about fielding teams in the hope that these juniors would become the backbone of the senior sides.

Ed Moulton(Chorley )was the Junior Player of the Year and Rory Kellett ( Vernon Carus) won the Junior Fair Play Trophy.

He thanked the umpires for our internal competitions as well as the inter-league matches. The U17s final , Fleetwood v St. Annes, will be played in 2018

His main concern was the reported increase in umpires being verbally abused by players, opposing managers/coaches and even parents. WE therefore need to uphold the spirit and traditions of the game and accept decisions.

Mark thanked the executive for performing their roles with the minimum of fuss. Problems were usually down to 1 or 2 clubs which did not provide information when requested. It only needs one club to be late in sending in team entries on time which means fixtures cannot be prepared as scheduled.

He especially thanked John Conway for helping him in a year of health problems and the loss of his aunt Winnie. John took him to various matches and also ensured trophies could be presented on the night of the winning clubs’ last league match.

Mark thanked Adam for all he had achieved over his time as treasurer and wished him well.

He also thanked the sponsors ( mentioned in the treasurer’s report) and the anonymous sponsor of the U10s  6-a-side competition.

Mark believed that the success of the league and clubs was due to the people of each club who gave up their time to run teams, coach, score, umpire, transport players and provide food. Every club needs to support and encourage others to volunteer to ensure continued success for clubs and the league.

Mark wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2018.

Election of Officers: Mick Snape ( Kirkham) agreed to take on the treasurer’s post and the rest of the Committee was re-elected on bloc.

Re-election of Clubs: Euxton CC and Lytham CC were re-elected.

Correspondence: None.

Discipline: One minor incident.  Adam reported there had been a lot of verbal reports but he could not act on these .In future problems need to be reported, in writing, to Adam, as soon as possible.

Expenses: Adam proposed that Mark’s expenses be put up to £500; seconded by Leyland. Meeting agreed. The other expenses were to remain the same.

Rule Changes for 2018:

The meeting agreed to the following rule changes: The proposals had been sent to clubs before the AGM and the executive had made decisions based on replies.

  1. OVER AGE PLAYERS: Allow dispensation for players/teams of lesser ability/health issues to play in a younger age group on a case by case basis to be approved at the pre-season meeting. N.B. this would give clubs the opportunity to promote restrictions on where a particular player could bat or bowl. Passed unanimously.
  2. COACHING UNDER 10s/U11s: Coaching on Finals Day will be restricted to the end of each over. Agreed 12 votes to 6 votes.
  3. UNDER 17 COMPETITION: There would be a 20/20 Finals day. Agreed 9 votes to 7 votes.
  4. LEAGUES: Having an U12 and U14 competition helped retain players. Clubs do not have to enter teams in every competition.
  5. REGIONALISATION: A main division for stronger teams. Two divisions for the plate competitions . Depending on the number of entries this format will be used in 2018.
  6. DEADLINE DATE: This would be 31st July 2018.
  7. FIXED NIGHTS FOR SPECIFIC AGE GROUPS: Not practical as each club will have events on different nights.
  8. NO REARRANGING RAINED OFF MATCHES: We must focus on maximising games but ALL clubs need to follow the existing rule 4; to rearrange games within 7 days.
  9. The meeting agreed to the ‘catch- all’ clause – For any administrative matters not covered by the following rules then the Palace Shield Senior Rules will apply.  N.B. this would cover matters such as voting at the Junior AGM. Also TEAM SHEETS must be filled in prior to a match with the FULL names of the players.
  10. RESULTS/SCORECARDS: Rule 9: Results must be in by 10pm the following day. Scorecards within 72 hours. Late fines of £5 will apply in both instances with weekly chasers also charged at £5. ( Proposed  Fylde, seconded Thornton).  Agreed by the majority.



Trevor reported on the LCB becoming the Lancashire Foundation. The cricket partnerships of Lancashire, Manchester and Liverpool were disbanded. A steering group would take over. Districts were in north and south sections with 2 divisions at each age group. Fixtures  out before Christmas.


Colin reminded the meeting about the changes to the Laws of Cricket. This will specifically affect junior bowlers, where 2 over waist height deliveries  in an over, means they have to be taken off. John felt this was really unfair to younger slow/spin bowlers. He hoped that as a league that we can bring common sense to the rule.


Cricket balls to be ordered at the senior meeting on 11th December.


Junior team entries to emailed to Mark/Alex by 14.2.18.


John thanked Fulwood and Broughton for hosting the meeting.


Dates of 2018 meetings to be held at Fulwood and Broughton CC  7.30pm.

Wednesday 28th February 2018

Wednesday 13th June 2018

Wednesday 26th September 2018

Wednesday 28th November 2018  AGM

14 November 2017
Thank you to all of you who took the time to submit your thoughts on the issues raised on the Consultation Questionnaire.
The Junior Executive feel it is important that channels are seen to exist for everyone associated with Palace Shield junior cricket to have an opportunity for their views to be heard i.e. not solely Clubs’ representatives. It is great to see that individuals care passionately about various issues but it is necessary to take the majority view as summarised below:-
1) Over Age Players
There is clearly a lot of goodwill between Clubs and a willingness to increase participation wherever possible.
Option (d) was chosen i.e. Allow dispensation for players / teams of lesser ability / health issues to play in a younger age group on a case by case basis to be approved at the pre-season league meeting N.B. this would give clubs the opportunity to promote restrictions on where a particular player could bat or bowl.
2) Coaching Under 10s / U11s
Clubs generally agree that coaching should be restricted on Finals Day with almost a 50 / 50 split between restricting coaching to the end of each over or restricting coaching to each batting changeover. We will need to put both options to a vote.
3) Under 17s Competition
The introduction of a 20 / 20 Finals day has proved a popular proposal And we will be looking to implement this next season.
4) Leagues
The majority of Clubs feel the introduction of Under 12 & Under 14 competitions has helped retain players that would otherwise be making the numbers up in a higher age group thereby soon becoming disillusioned.
We should continue to emphasise that Clubs do not have to enter teams in every age group and must only do so if they have sufficient numbers.
5) Regionalisation
The majority view of Clubs is that we should retain the main division for the stronger teams, which involves travelling, whilst having 2 Divisions regionalised for the Plate
competitions. Depending on the number of entrants this format will be used in 2018.
6) Deadline Dates
The reasoning behind, and need for, the 31st July deadline date is recognised by most Clubs. August is described as a nightmare!
It is generally felt that we should stick with the deadline as it is easily achievable if planned properly and focusses the mind.
7) Fixed Nights for Specific Age Groups
This was not felt to be practical for most Clubs. Clubs need the flexibility to arrange games as best they can. Every Club is different as regards evenings for Senior Practice, All Stars Cricket, Ladies Cricket etc. Players themselves have other evening commitments that differ from club to club e.g. football, netball, scouting.
8) No Rearranging Rained Off Matches
It is generally felt that we should be focussing on how to maximise games played but this needs the cooperation of ALL Clubs particularly with regards to rearranging fixtures within 7 days as per existing Rule 4.
A big THANK YOU once again to those who participated in the Questionnaire. It is important that you know that you can submit your views at any time, either directly to myself or via Mark Myers, Junior Secretary.
John Conway
Junior Chairman
10 November 2017


02 November 2017

2009 Palace Shield Junior of the Year Liam Hurt has been awarded a Lancashire CCC Contract.



Preston-born fast bowler Liam Hurt is celebrating after signing his first professional contract with Lancashire County Cricket Club.

Also penning his first deal at the Old Trafford club is all-rounder Josh Bohannon.

Hurt and Bohannon both played a vital role in the success of Lancashire Second XI in the 2017 season,
The Red Rose team won the Second XI Championship after beating Hampshire on the Isle of Wight in September and reached the quarter final and semi-final of the Second XI Trophy and T20 competitions respectively.
Hurt attended Balshaw's High School Leyland, and has played for the town club in the Northern Premier League.

He commented: “I’ve loved being involved in the Lancashire squad this summer and it’s a dream come true to sign my first professional contract.

“I’m looking forward to getting stuck in over the winter and challenging for a place in the First Team next summer.

“It’s an exciting time to be involved at the club and hopefully I can play my part going forward.”


Hurt, aged 23, has come through the Lancashire age-group system and currently plays for Clifton Cricket Club who reached finals day of the ECB National Club competition this summer. Hurt made 13 appearances for Lancashire Second XI and took 38 wickets in all competitions.

Bohannon, who came through the Lancashire Academy and currently plays for Ormskirk Cricket Club, contributed heavily with both bat and ball for Lancashire Second XI this summer in all formats.

The 20 year-old all-rounder, who was previously on a scholarship contract with the Club, scored 650 runs and took 24 wickets in 2017.

Bohannon said, “I couldn’t be happier to sign my first professional contract with the county that I have supported ever since I can remember.


“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being part of the squad on a scholarship contract this year and this is the next step in my development.

“I want to carry on putting in performances for the second XI and push for a place in the first team in what is going to be a very exciting few years ahead for the club.”

Head coach Glen Chapple added: “It’s great to see two more Lancashire players come through our system and graduate into the professional squad on a full-time basis.

“Both players have impressed for the second XI this summer and we look forward to seeing their development continue over the next two years.”

17 September 2017


With the 2017 season coming to a close, the Junior Executive are asking Players, Coaches, Parents and Clubs for their opinions on how the competition operates.

If you have a view, please complete the consultation before September 26th 2017.



07 August 2017


With the deadline for Junior fixtures now gone and only the Under 17s Rose Trophy competition to be completed ( N.B. Final 3rd September at Chorley ) it is possibly a good time to summarise some excellent Junior team performances this season as follows:-

Inter League Cricket ( hosts Great Eccleston, Kirkham & Wesham, Eccleston )

Congratulations to all players selected this season to represent the Palace Shield U12s & U14s. Some fixtures have still to be completed but with many players still eligible to play next year the future looks bright.

Under 10s Softball 6 a side ( hosts, Charnock St James )

This tournament was held on a non-competitive basis to provide youngsters with a, no pressure, introduction to team cricket. A fun bowl-out to conclude the event was won by Longridge with Fleetwood the runners up.

Under 10s Hardball 6 a side ( hosts, Eccleston )

Winners, Kirkham & Wesham        Runners Up, Eccleston 

Under 10s Finals Day ( hosts, Leyland )

Qualifiers, Croston, Fylde, Great Eccleston, Leyland 

Winners, Great Eccleston              Runners Up, Leyland

Under 10s Plate Competition

 Winners, New Longton ‘B’              Runners Up, Vernon Carus

Under 11s Finals Day ( hosts, Fylde )

Qualifiers, Blackpool, Chorley, Leyland, St Annes

Winners, Leyland                             Runners Up, Chorley 

N.B. Leyland have reached the LCB U11s Finals Day, 10th Sept @ Highfield CC 

Under 12s Competition

Winners, Blackpool                          Runners Up, Lytham

Under 13s UCLAN 6 a side ( hosts, Blackpool )

Winners, Longridge                        Runners Up, Fulwood & Broughton

Under 13s Competition

Winners, Longridge                         Runners Up, Blackpool

N.B. Longridge were losing finalists in the LCB U13 Competition

Under 13s Plate Competition

Winners, Gregson Lane                  Runners Up, Blackpool ‘B’

Under 14s Competition

Winners, Longridge                         Runners Up, Fleetwood

Under 15s Competition

Winners, Fleetwood                         Runners Up, Longridge

N.B. Fleetwood were losing semi-finalists in the LCB U15 Competition

Under 15s Plate Competition

Winners, Penwortham                     Runners Up, Tarleton


It is particularly pleasing to see nine different clubs featuring in the winners enclosure which reflects the current broad strength of Palace Shield junior cricket.

I add my personal congratulations to all the players and coaches who, I know, put in a lot of work both indoors as well as outdoors. Thanks also to those clubs who were excellent hosts for the various events.

The season has provided me with many personal highlights both on and off the field including:-

  • A ground full of first time cricketers at the U10s softball competition
  • The captaincy of Leyland U11s captain during the Under 11 Final – a very mature performance
  • A beautiful reverse sweep for four from a Great Eccleston U10 player!!
  • A hat-trick by Gregson Lane to ensure they won their league unbeaten
  • Adam Cooper biting his tongue when the F&B batsmen, needing 3 runs to tie the match, ran 2 then tucked their bats under their arms thinking the 3rd run was not possible : ) ‘No coaching allowed Adam!’
  • The sportsmanship of a Longridge U14 player walking after being given not out in the ‘heat of battle’
  • The sportsmanship of the Vernon Carus U10 coach for allowing the opposition to play an extra player whilst declining the option of a forfeit, which would have provided them with the league title.

As most of you know Mark Myers has had a difficult couple of months, both with his personal health and the death of his ‘Aunty Winnie’, who was well known to the Junior club representatives, therefore we all wish him well. We have tried to take some of the considerable workload off him but it is not easy!

In closing I wish good luck to Fleetwood, Fulwood & Broughton, Leyland & St Annes in the Rose Trophy semi-finals and to Leyland U11s in the LCB Trophy Finals Day.


Brief Anecdote:-

The mention of the Rose Trophy reminds me of when, many moons ago, I was the captain of Loxham & Bradshaws U17s ( Harris Park ). We had reached the Rose Trophy Final and my mentor, the great Arthur Rose asked me to write down the team that I thought should be selected. I chose my XI and left out Arthur’s son!  Arthur immediately handed me a sheet of paper with the team he had selected and he had left out his son also!  A measure of the great man and I am sure he would share my pride at being elected Junior Chairman. My cricketing life seems to have moved full circle.


John Conway


04 August 2017

All Stars Cricket, the first nationwide entry-level participation programme for cricket, has been a resounding success in Lancashire with over 100 centres that have delivered the programmed to 5-8 year old boys and girls in the county. Over 1,900 children have registered up and down the county and the programme has been all about getting them excited about cricket so they continue to participate in it for many years to come.

This major new grassroots initiative started in May and has been delivered through local cricket clubs and centres across England and Wales, with parents of 5-8 year olds registering back in March. Upon sign-up, boys and girls received a cricket ‘back-pack’ delivered to their door with a bat, ball and everything they needed to try the game for the first time.

The boys and girls then went on to attend an eight-week programme at their local participating centre, with the emphasis placed firmly on learning how to play the game in a fun, safe and inclusive environment. Children were also introduced to the social development skills that team sport can bring.

Each session of the 8-week programme - developed with input from Andrew Strauss and the England performance team – was aimed to give children the basic skills they need to develop a lifelong love of cricket.

Nationally over 30,000 boys and girls have registered and received fun cricketing activities across 2,000 local centres. For more information about All Stars Cricket please visit: www.allstarscricket.co.uk.


Also see the following for some additional games you can play.



04 August 2017

Sunday 23rd July saw the inaugural 678 Finals day take place, producing a day of fantastically exciting cricket played by budding stars of the game.

The Palace Shield Cricket Competition organised the event which was superbly hosted by Blackpool Cricket Club, bringing together teams of boys and girls supported by mums, dads, siblings and coaches from across the region. 

On the day itself, six teams played in two groups of three, culminating in a grand final between respective group winners Fulwood and Broughton and Longridge while Blackpool played Kirkham and Wesham in the 3rd/4th place match.  Excellent batting and bowling throughout the team saw Longridge emerge as worthy overall competition victors, while Blackpool beat local rivals in the plate final.   Chris Gunn, university lecturer, player and coach, who devised the format said, “It was great to see so many talented young players enjoying the sport with support from parents and coaches at such an excellent venue. It made for a great atmosphere with all enjoying this slightly different format.”

Chris also said, he wanted to develop a more inclusive form of the game, conscious of the need for cricket to adapt to the different needs of participants while harnessing the momentum provided by the new ‘cricket unleashed’ strategy.  One of his key aims in developing this innovative format was a focus on inclusion and participation with the rules (see below) being formulated to provide all players with an opportunity to be fully involved and have some opportunity to affect the outcome. There was equally an intention to reduce the chances of a match being dominated by a single player. Finally, it is also hoped the social aspect of the event will be a significant factor, bringing together players, parents and supporters from a variety of clubs and giving as many as possible a chance to play in a finals day, inspiring them to be fully involved in this great sport.

Sponsored by the University of Central Lancashire, who are cognisant of the role sport can play in developing local communities, the 678 initiative was also supported by Lancashire Cricket Board. LCB Managing Director, Bobby Denning, attended the finals day and and was quick to point out that he wanted to support an event that was clearly designed to keep junior players enjoying the sport by being involved throughout the game. 

Bobby commented "at a time when the game is moving into a new era in the County with All Stars Cricket, a new looking League landscape at Senior Level and a number of products and events to recruit and retain people in the game, the event has had my support from the outset. It's great to see committed people looking at innovative ways to achieve this. I spoke to both parents and players on the day and the underlying theme from all of the conversations was the event ensured ALL players had an active role to play throughout the game.  Parents in particular were keen to stress this plays a big part in keeping them involved in playing the game for years to come.”

Chris Gunn thinks this format has the ingredients to be easily implemented in other counties and leagues. The mini-league structure ensures all teams play a minimum of two games with those in the top two positions going onto respective finals. All clubs that entered expressed a desire to do so again next season.  It was also great to have the support of the local university, the University of Central Lancashire, who provided a trophy, winners’ plaques and runners-up medals as well as a goody bag for all those who took part.


Format:  Groups of three played in a round-robin format to determine league positions with the winners going to play in the grand final and a plate final for those finishing runners-up in each league. Ideally, a large ground is needed allowing two games to take place simultaneously either sides of the square or a club with two pitches nearby. This allows the six team format and also generates a better atmosphere with more players and spectators convening at the same venue.

Match Length and Bowling:

  1. The game consists of one innings per team of 7 overs (each over being 8balls). Everyone except the wicketkeeper must bowl one over, with two players being allowed to bowl two overs (hence 7overs).
  2. For each individual game all the overs are bowled at the same end, saving time changing round between overs, the end to be agreed at the outset with the other teams present.
  3. Those players who bowl two overs cannot open the batting.
  4. Wides and no-balls shall count two runs as extras, but no additional ball shall be bowled unless in the final (seventh over of the innings) when an extra ball, as well as the two runs penalty, will also be required.


  1. Batters retire at 30 and cannot return.
  2. Last man/woman stands. Upon the loss of the fifth wicket the out batter stays at the crease but shall not be allowed to face any deliveries (he/she can still be run out). Upon the loss of the sixth wicket or the final ball of the 7th over is bowled that is the end of the innings.

The winners shall be the team that scored the most runs. In the event of a tie, the team losing fewer wickets shall be declared winners.  A super over or bowl out can be used if time is available. Similarly, if two teams finish on level points in the group stage either a single super over can be played or a bowl out, depending on time available.

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