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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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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).
- 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.
- Those players who bowl two overs cannot open the batting.
- 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.
- Batters retire at 30 and cannot return.
- 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.Read more...
This Sunday sees the 4 Top Under 11s sides take on each other in the Walker Fire Finals Day for the Tony Poxon Trophy.
The Finals Day will take place at FYLDE CC starting at 10.00am on Sunday 2nd July.
The LCB Regional Cricket Festivals for boys will once again take place this season at Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17 age groups at different areas across the County. The LCB player pathway is tasked with “identifying and developing players at each stage of the pathway”, so the Regional Festivals form an important stage for players to develop and creates an opportunity for new players to be identified.
The regions are:
This year's programme commences on the 30th May with the start of the Under 13 and Under 15 festivals.Read more...
South Shore Cricket Club are looking to grow their Junior Section and have the following request:
We have recently started an under 10 and 11s team and are wondering if the league could help us arrange some soft ball fixtures ?? the children are all very new to cricket and are not ready for hard ball cricket yet. We would would be looking for 3 friendly games against sides are around the same ability level ie just starting out .
Hope you can help
A Few Points that the Junior Executive would like to remind coaches and managers of junior teams
Only minimal advice (from coaches) is allowed from the U12s age group upwards.
The coach should only relay messages when a time out is called; 1 time out per team per innings is allowed but for a maximum of 2 minutes only.
The players need to be given the opportunity to learn the art of captaincy. The coach might need to advise the captain about the 8 players bowling 2 overs from time to time and has to step in if a fielder is standing too near to the batsman..
I have had reports where umpires / coaches are constantly making changes to the field placings in U12s and over age group games. This has to stop IMMEDIATELY please.
Coaching is allowed in U10s and U11s games but again should be kept to a minimum.
Deadline dates: A few of you have already made enquiries about extending deadlines:
NO DEADLINE WILL BE EXTENDED.
The deadline dates are:
U11s Weds 28 June
U10s Weds 5 July
All other age groups 31 July.
In the U10s and U11s age groups, any fixtures not played by 28 June (U11) or 5 July (U10s), should still be played, where possible, before the 31 July.
Obviously the 4 teams qualifying for either U10s or U11s Finals Days, will be the 4 teams (top 2 in each division) as of the original deadline dates.
Teams in a position to qualify for either the U10s and U11s Finals Days, must ensure that all of your scorecards are fully completed. Any scorecards where you have an UNSURE player(s) showing on scorecards must be corrected IMMEDIATELY.
This also applies to all other age groups. A lot of unsure players are showing on scorecards across the age groups. The winning team can only complete scorecards fully when all players have been properly registered. Where there are UNSURE players on scorecards the offending club (not necessarily the winning club), will be FINED ACCORDINGLY.