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07 August 2018


Following on from Mark Myers’ recent excellent reports on the U10s and U11s Finals Days the 31st July deadline for completing most Junior fixtures has now passed and therefore it is perhaps a good time to summarise the outcome for the various Competitions and also team / individual performances.

Under 10s / Under 11s

Firstly I would like to pass on my congratulations to the Under 11s winners, Great Eccleston (N.B. also 2017 U10s Winners), Under 10s winners Lytham and Under 10s Plate winners, Penwortham. I would like to add my thanks to all those who made the Finals Days such a success despite the sweltering conditions. In particular our excellent hosts Lytham C.C. and Leyland C.C. I often say that I have the most enjoyable role in the Palace Shield and I was proud to have witnessed some quality performances. The players were certainly a credit to their clubs and coaches. One passage of play in the U10s Final in particular was memorable for the sheer quality of the Lytham batting i.e. shot selection / execution against some good F&B bowling and some exceptional fielding, I lost count of the number of direct throws knocking over the stumps!


E.C.B. Proposed Rule Changes

With these recent Finals Days in mind it is perhaps opportune to mention that the E.C.B. are promoting changes to the rules for all cricket below U11s for next season with the emphasis on smaller teams, shorter pitches (max. 17 yards) etc. The Palace Shield, to my mind, leads the way in U10s and U11s cricket with the quality of competitions we offer not only in the level of participation but also the progression it allows to higher age groups and I think our clubs will take a lot of convincing before adopting any changes as currently outlined.
Nevertheless we must remain open minded until the final proposals are published. We had already identified a gap between All Stars Cricket and U10s hardball cricket hence last year’s softball competition and we are looking to be supportive of the ECB in introducing a formal U9s softball competition next season. To this end we have already held an U9s softball festival recently (see below).

U9s Softball Festival

Fleetwood C.C. kindly hosted the U9s Softball festival on 15th July. The date clashed with England nearly being in the football World Cup final and with coaches of several clubs also committed to other junior fixtures the number of clubs taking part was disappointing.
Having said all that the event was superbly organised by Fleetwood C.C. (Primarily Jon Amor) and we had eight very keen and very excited teams taking part in what was, for most, their first experience of team cricket . I must say a BIG thank you not only to Jon but everyone at Fleetwood C.C. including Paul, in the scorer’s tent, Linda and Derrick in the Boundary Food Bar, who kept everybody fed and watered on another hot day, and all the scorers / coaches who ensured the matches were played in a fun atmosphere. Whilst the emphasis was very much centred on ensuring the boys and girls enjoyed the day all participants did receive a medal and the final was won fittingly by Fleetwood C.C. Big congratulations to the winning team who were helped by two excellent catches in the final:-
N.B. We are looking to hold another 6-a-side Softball Competition in the Preston area on 19th August. If your club has not already entered please do so by contacting Mark Myers (Junior Secretary)

U12s Competition
Winners - St Annes C.C. Runners-Up – Chorley C.C.

The U12s was a strong league this year with St Annes winning by just one point from Chorley. Both teams only lost one game with St Annes beating Chorley earlier in the season with just one ball to spare.

U13s Competition
Winners - St Annes C.C. Runners-Up – Chorley C.C.

In the Under 13s competition St Annes once again pipped Chorley to the title, this time by 6 points. Both teams only lost once, Chorley defeating St Annes but losing to F&B (another strong outfit).

Some notable performances in the U12 and U13 competitions (N.B. there are too many to list them all!) include:-

St Annes
U12s - Oliver Blackburn - Inns 6, N.O. 5 times, Runs 103, Avge 103
U13s - Ryan Birkman - Overs 24 Runs 79 Wkts 8 Avge 9.88
U13s - Harry Birkman - Overs 23 Runs 49 Wkts 12 Avge 4.08
U13s - Harry Birkman - Inns 9, N.O. 6 times, Runs 197, Avge 65.67
U12s - Alfie Dobson - Inns 6, N.O. 6 times, Runs 149, Avge …………
U13s - Alfie Dobson - Inns 11, N.O. 8 times, Runs 292, Avge 97.33
U12s - Zayn Wadiwala - Inns 6, N.O. 5 times, Runs 147, Avge 147
U13s - Zayn Wadiwala - Inns 10, N.O. 7 times, Runs 202, Avge 67.33
U12s - Connor Dixon - Overs 14.5 Runs 59 Wkts 8 Avge 7.38
U13s - Connor Dixon - Overs 15.0 Runs 75 Wkts 8 Avge 9.38

U13s Plate Competition

The final of this competition fell victim to the rain! It is now to be played after the holiday period between two strong undefeated sides, Garstang and Penwortham. The match is scheduled to be played on Sunday, 2nd September at Penwortham.

UCLAN 6-a-side Competition

This is taking place this Sunday at Penwortham C.C.

U14s Competition
Winners - Lytham C.C. Runners-Up – Fulwood and Broughton C.C.

Congratulations to Lytham who ended the season undefeated. The title was settled in Lytham’s last fixture which was against F&B which was a high scoring encounter that Lytham won by 11 runs. Lytham posted 157 for 2 wickets and in reply F&B scored 146 for 3 wickets.
In Lytham’s total Nathan Evans scored 50 n.o. for a season’s average of 56.33 whilst Morgan Davies scored 40 n.o. In response for F&B, Ben Rosbottom retired on 53 n.o. (N.B. Ben was only out once this season hence an average of 155). James Lupton also retired on 50 n.o. which capped an excellent season for him with the bat; he was not out throughout and scored 188 runs in the process.

U15s Competition
Winners - Fleetwood C.C. Runners-Up - Leyland C.C.

Congratulations to Fleetwood who completed the season with a 100% winning record. The pick of the fixtures was a low scoring affair against Longridge C.C. which Fleetwood won by 1 run! Batting first Fleetwood posted 95 for 8 wickets and Longridge fell one run short despite an excellent 51 n.o. from Thomas Douglas.
Fleetwood had some excellent individual performances throughout the season with perhaps Lewis Haworth being the pick of the bunch scoring 186 runs with a batting average of 93.0 and a bowling average of 9.71 (economy 3.24).
Runners-Up Leyland had a good season also with Michael Pallett scoring 151 runs at an average of 50.33 and Ben Weaver had 11 wickets at an average of 7.45.

U15s Plate Competition
Winners – Great Eccleston C.C. Runners-Up - Penwortham C.C.
The U15s Plate final was won by Great Eccleston who ended the season undefeated. My thanks go to Trevor Wilde and Alex Diver who umpired the final. They also adjudicated Joe Strawn (Great Eccleston) as the Man of the Match. Joe followed up his efficient wicketkeeping
display by opening the batting and he scored 40 runs from 10 boundaries before pushing a single which clearly unsettled him as he was soon out for 41 runs! Penwortham captain Sam Jones had an excellent season scoring 203 runs at an average of 50.75; he also had a bowling average of 8.2. For Great Eccleston Mail Crabtree was only out once this season resulting in a batting average of 90.0 this follows on from his batting average for the U15s last year of 40.0.

U17s Competition
The U17s 20/20 Finals Day is to held on 2nd September. The semi-finalists are:-
Fleetwood v. Longridge
Euxton v. Thornton Cleveleys
Congratulations to all four clubs on reaching the Finals Day. The semi-finals will be held in the morning at Fleetwood and Thornton Cleveleys with one of those clubs hosting the final in the afternoon (to be announced).

Representative Sides
Congratulations to all those players who have been selected to represent the Palace Shield in Inter-League fixtures at U12s & U14s the standard is very high and you should be proud of your selection.
I had hoped to have a full list of those Palace Shield boys and girls who have been selected in the various Lancashire squads for 2018. Your names should be up in lights but to the contrary Lancashire Cricket have not got this information readily available although it continues to be promised to me, I will upload the list when received.

National / Lancashire Cups
Big congratulations to Leyland U13 Girls who reached the U13s National final losing narrowly by 3 runs. An excellent achievement by a very talented group of players.
I am also pleased to report that we have County champions at U15s – Longridge C.C. and at U11s – Leyland C.C. (N.B. 2017 Final played at the 3rd attempt).
These results are testament not only to the quality of the junior players in the Palace Shield but also the excellent, hard working coaches that often go unheralded but who are so important for any club. Big congratulations to both clubs. Please keep me posted on the progress of all clubs in the Lancs Cups, I would like to add my support when possible.

Palace Shield Young Player of the Year
Nominations are now being sought for the P.S. Young Player of the Year. Please send your suggestions, with supporting performance details, to Mark Myers.

Way Forward
When I go around the grounds every club has a particular gripe about something and that is understandable due to the varying circumstances of each club. All I would ask, whilst your gripes are fresh in the memory, is get them off your chest by e-mailing Mark or myself. It may be that plenty of other clubs are of the same opinion as you and rule changes can be discussed/agreed.
You will no doubt have seen that the E.C.B. has sent out online surveys recently seeking your input/views on the future of the Game. It would be wrong of me to try and influence your response BUT PLEASE mention as often as you can how stupid the new ‘Above waist height Law’ is for the development of young slow bowlers. The more opinions voiced and, who knows, they might just see the error of their ways? I live in hope.

Thanks to all the Junior Executive for all their hard work and the Senior section for their
continuing support.
John Conway
Junior Chairman

29 July 2018


Sunday 8th July saw Leyland CC host the annual U10s Finals Day with Eccleston CC, Fulwood and Broughton CC, Longridge CC and Lytham CC being the 4 semi finalists on another glorious Summers day. 

Semi Final 1 saw Fulwood and Broughton defeating Longridge by 31 runs scores Fulwood 140 for 5 (net 315) Longridge 109 for 5 (net 284).

Semi Final 2 between Eccleston and Lytham saw Lytham triumph by 42 runs. Eccleston 94 for 7 (net 259) Lytham 136 for 7 (net 301).

After lunch for all players, scorers, umpires and officials Lytham and Fulwood took to the field for the final and one could feel the tension amongst the spectators.

Consistent batting throughout the Lytham innings saw them score 140 for 4 off their 20 overs (net score 320). The main Lytham contributors with the bat were: Brody Bateson 21 runs, Archie Legge 20, Harry Jackson 13, Sanuel Curran 12, Daniel Burgon 10.

The Fulwood wicket takers were Aditya Mathur 2 for 6 and Oliver Swindlehurst 1 for 19.

Faced with a large total to chase Fulwood lost a couple of early wickets and were always behind the clock in their run chase finishing on 117 for 6 (net 287) giving Lytham victory by 33 runs. The main scorers for Fulwood were Aditya Mathur 14 runs, Charlie Bray 12 and Sam Willingale also 12 runs. The Lytham wicket takers were William Wyles 1 for 5, Samuel Curran 1 for 10 and Alfie Kelly 1 for 28.

Fulwood team was: Charlie Bray, Dylan Jackson, Sam Judge, Jake Kippax, Aditya Mathur, Zayd Namajee, Tarun Nichani, Oliver Swindlehurst, Sam Willingale and Todd Winder.

Lytham team was: Brody Bateson, Lewis Bentley, Archie Blackburn, Daniel Burgon, Samuel Curran, Harry Jackson, Alfie Kelly, William Kelso, Archie Legge and William Wyles.

What was pleasing throughout the day was the techniques  of all the batsmen. There were few thrashes to square leg with some equisite late cuts and straight drives on show, batsmen performing way beyond their tender ages. Credit to all players for performing so well on another boiling hot day.

John Conway the Junior Section Chairman gave a speech at the end of the final were trophies and medals wrre presented.

John thanked Leyland CC for once again offering their ground and facilities for the day. He also thanked Phil Heaven for his work on the tannoy system and for his music which was enjoyed by all. The ladies section, in particular Eileen Pallett and Tracy Pozzi were thanked for looking after everyones catering needs. The umpires Dave Rees, Steve Hamer and John himself  were thanked for umpiring the games. The coaches Andrew Willingale and Jon Fenton Fulwood and Broughton and Pete Legge Lytham were also thanked for their efforts throughout the season and their obvious time spent in the nets honing the players techniques.

The parents themselves were thanked for supporting their charges throughout the season and transporting the little ones around the various league fixtures to qualify for finals day. The players gave their parents and coaches a deserved round of applause.

The future of cricket looks bright at these clubs with the obvious talent witnessed at Leyland. It is now down to the players to knuckle down at winter nets and further hone their techniques ready for the 2019 season. 

I wish you all well.


29 July 2018


Sunday 8th July saw Lytham B take on Penwortham in the U10s plate final at Leyland CC at the same time as the main U10s final taking place on the adjacent pitch. Lytham need to be congratulated on being able to field 2 teams at the same time with the A team also playing in the final. Special thanks to Pete Legge the Lytham coach; I had offered him the opportunity to reschedule the plate final earlier in the week but he was having none of it.  He was happy to give a game to some players who would not normally play. A really sporting way to go about it.

The game itself saw Penwortham over come Lytham by 57 runs. Penwortham 127 for 2 (net 317). Lytham 100 for 8 (net 260).

For Penwortham Charlie Evans 20 runs, Daniel Armer 18, Isaac Roberts 18 and George Bowdler 12 were the main contributors with the bat. For Lytham B Edward Brown 1 for 2 and Cody Winnermore 1 for 11 were the wicket takers.

Henry Roberts with 15 runs (aged 7) and Oliver Atherton 10 were the main scorers for Lytham. George Bowdler 2 for 6, Alexander Whittaker 2 for 11, Daniel Armer 2 for 12 and Charlie Evans 1 for 12 were the Penwortham wicket takers.

Lytham team was: Maisie Atherton, Oliver Atherton, Edward Brown, Sebastian Cartmell, Christopher Guest, Zac Legge, Jake Rae, Henry Roberts, Cody Winnermore and James Wood.

Penwortham team was Daniel Armer, Charlie Evans, George Bowdler,Harry Ferson, Zac Garner, Sam Jackson, Stanley Keller, Isaac Roberts, Jack Watsson and  Alexander Whittaker.

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15 July 2018


Sunday 8th July saw Lytham CC host the Tony Poxon Trophy U11s Finals Day on a hot day.

Croston CC, Eccleston CC, Fylde CC and Great Eccleston CC were the 4 teams to qualify for finals day from the initial 17 teams that had entered the competition.

As is usual, both semi finals were played simultaneously on adjacent pitches with Eccleston comprehensively beating Fylde in one semi final and Great Eccleston overcoming Croston in the other, in a much tighter contest.

All players, coaches, umpires, scorers and invited guests enjoyed a superb lunch in the club (there was so much food that parents were even invited in to partake of the offerings).

In the Final Great Eccleston batted first and consistent batting throughout the innings saw them amass 332 for 5 (net 307 having started off on 200 runs). The main contibutors were Matthew Lawrenson 29, Alfie Strawn 14, Luca Swarbrick 11. 

For Eccleston the wicket takers were Cole Simms 2 for 9, Jack McKenna 1 for 22, Rhys Simms 1 for 18 and Oliver Hammersley 1 for 10.        

In reply Eccleston posted 76 for 7 (net 241) giving  Great Eccleston a 66 run victory. For Eccleston Charlie McKenna 8 runs, Hayden Speak 8 and Oliver Darwin 7 were the main contributors. The Great Eccleston wicket takers were Oliver Connor 3 for 7, James Rawcliffe 2 for 15, Alfie Strawn 1 for 7 and Joe Connor 1 for 8.

Special mention must be given to ALL THE PLAYERS for performing so admirably in such sweltering conditions. I know how difficult it was just to stand there and umpire never mind perrforming with bat,ball and in the field. Yes some of the players were wilting at the end but we have to remember that many of the players wont have batted and fielded for 80 overs during a days cricket before (over the 2 matches). Eccleston had 6 players aged 10 or under, Great Eccleston had 3 players aged 9 and 1 under 10 so there is every chance that both teams will be fighting it out again next year.

Medals were presented to the losing semi finallists whilst Dorothy Bradshaw (formerly Dorothy Poxon) presented the trophies to Great Eccleston and Eccleston in front of an appreciate audience of parents and players.

John Conway, the Junior Chairman of the Palace Shield, as well as umpiring all day, gave a speech in which he thanked a number of people, from players, coaches, umpires, Susan Chiekrie Secretary of Lytham CC for allowing us to use the facilities at short notice, Terry and the catering team for catering for all our needs, the bar staff and Adam Cooper the groundsman for preparing both pitches. A great big thank you for all your efforts.

Great Eccleston team was: Joycey Armitage-Beaver, Joe Connor, Oliver Connor, Daniel Foley, Matthew Lawrenson, Isaac Mercer, James Rawcliffe, Harry Smith, Alfie Strawn and Luca Swarbrick.

The Eccleston team was: Oliver Darwin, Finley Elwood, Oliver Hammersley, Tom Hodgson, Charlie McKenna, Jack McKenna, Cole Simms, Rhys Simms, Hayden Speak and Jacob Wrigley.

It was especially pleasing that Dorothy Bradshaw (former Junior League Secretary) and Bruce Turner (former Chairman of the Junior Section twice) were able to attend and enjoyed the days play which was a credit to all concerned. 




10 July 2018


Chorley Cricket Club have unearthed two more junior stars after emerging duo Louis Johnson and Alfie Dobson proved they are ones to watch. Johnson, 13 and Dobson, 12 played key roles in Chorley third team’s 157-run win over Wrea Green’s second team. Johnson hit his first senior century, notching 104, while Dobson hit 89 as Chorley posted 324-3 batting first. That mammoth total gave Wrea Green no chance as they finished on 167-6. The Open University – Your Time Is Now Get the degree you want, but on your own time with The Open University Sponsored by the Open University Chorley Cricket Club committee member Oliver Smith expects the duo, who have both already represented Lancashire in their age groups, to rise through to the first team. He said: “I have no doubt they are both destined to go on and play for the first team in the coming years probably sooner rather than later. “They have both come through the junior set-up at the club which is thriving. “Last year Louis made his senior debut for the thirds and went on to play a few second team games at the back end of the season.

“He has progressed on that this year. “Alfie is only 12 and you have to be 13 to play senior cricket but if you play for your county you are allowed to play at 12 because you have got the ability. “This is his first season in senior cricket. “It is only his fourth game for the thirds so for him to have an immediate impact is very pleasing for the club and the two lads as well. “They have got a lot talent. Playing senior cricket at this age is only going to help them develop. “They are going to be playing against men who have played the sport for 25-plus years. “They have both got bags of ability and they are certainly two to watch.” The duo are not the only youngsters making waves at Chorley with first team bowler Ed Moulton yet to hit his 20s and a number of other promising players littered through the senior sides. And Smith says it is something the club is proud of. He said: “The junior scene at the club is thriving. “From Saturday’s third team there are only four players over the age of 19. “That shows how promising it is that you have got people of all ages ranging from 19 to 12 all playing and making up a key part of our team. “In the twos and ones there are players that have developed too with some still 
under 19. “It is what the club prides itself on really. “It’s about giving them the right chances in the relevant team but not rushing them.” “They have all had the right experience at the right team and gone up. “Each time they do go up they progress.”

Read more at: https://www.lep.co.uk/sport/cricket/lancashire-cricket/chorley-cricket-club-young-guns-johnson-and-dobson-are-ones-to-watch-1-9243492

14 June 2018


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If you are willing to offer any sponsorship please contact Mark Myers or John Conway.

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
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ECB Club Support

The ECB have set up a resource base to support clubs as they look to develop a gateway to the self-help support resources available to help cricket clubs meet the ever changing demands and challenges they face.


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