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10 June 2021

VillageCup Voneus 50


Torrisholme will welcome Scottish opposition in the next round of the village KO


VILLAGE CUP DRAW: TCC Welcome Meigle Cricket Club from Perthshire, Scotland??????? to Boundary Meadow in the 5th Round on Sunday 20th June!!!


National Rounds

Astwood Bank (Worcs) v Colwall (Heref & Powys)

South Wingfield (Derbys) v Fillongley (Warks)

Loddington & Mawsley (N’hants) v Clipstone & Bilsthorpe (E Mids)

Milford Hall (W Mids) v Neyland (Dyfed)

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Houghton Main (W & S Yorks) v Wolviston (N’land)

Torrisholme (Cumbria & N Lancs) v Meigle (Scotland)

Woodhouses (S Lancs) v Alvanley (Cheshire & Clwyd)

Patrington (N Yorks S) v Folkton & Flixton (N Yorks N)

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Cookham Dean (Berks) v Calmore Sports (Hants)

Congresbury (Somerset) v Goatacre (Dorset & Wilts)

Rockhampton (Gloucs) v Yelverton Bohemians (Dev & Corn)

Horspath (Oxon) v Ynystawe (Glamorgan) 

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Crowhurst Park (E Sussex) v Linton Park (Kent)

Preston (Beds & Herts) v Foxton (Cambs & N’folk)

West Chiltington & Thakeham (W Sussex) v Valley End (Surrey)

Woolpit (Ess & Suff) v Stoke Green (Bucks)



27 January 2021


It has been a number of years wince the Fylde League played its final games and many clubs joined the Palace Shield however it is important to remember the Life of a league that lasted almost 100 years.

The Website is still live showing their historical winners but for a more detailed origin story please download the attached.



06 January 2021

club matters

Club Matters workshops are short training sessions, funded by Sport England and will seek to develop your skills, improve your knowledge and ultimately help you develop your club. All workshops last for 2 hours. We are offering Club Matters workshops online during Covid-19.


Workshops include

Introduction to Legal Structures

Planning for Your Future

Leadership Teams

Participant Experience

Volunteer Experience

Develop a Marketing Strategy

Engaging your Community

Financial Sustainability

06 January 2021

Former Lancashire batsman Usman Khawaja hasn’t played a Test for Australia since the last Ashes series. His top innings score from three matches in England over the summer of 2019 was 40.


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Out cheaply for single figures at both Lord’s and Headingley in subsequent games, he didn’t contribute much as the tourists retained the famous urn. That series in England resulted in an inconclusive draw, but The Ashes taking place Down Under is a whole different ball game.

Khawaja, who turns 35 during the forthcoming 2021-22 Ashes, has given a much better account of himself in previous series on home soil. Half-centuries at Adelaide and Perth before a magnificent 171 at the Sydney Cricket Ground when the sides last met in Australia in 2017-18 are evidence of that.   

A decade has now passed since Pakistan-born Khawaja made his Test debut in that famous arena against England. In the 10 years since his bow, he has been in and out of the side for various reasons.

Closing in on 2,900 Test runs from 44 caps, Khawaja’s batting average is the respectable side of 40 for someone playing at the top of the order. In his absence, Australia have been contesting a topsy turvy series at home to India.

The results so far have been a mixed bag. Devastating bowling from the pace attack of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood helped Australia win the opener, but India responded by taking the famous Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Economical bowling from the visitors helped them to level the series. Australia’s response to the low scores recorded by Joe Burns was dropping him in favour of the recalled David Warner. Like Khawaja, he struggled in the last Ashes series but fared much better when facing England at home.

Australia are also looking at uncapped youngster Will Pucovski, who may now get his chance after recovering from concussion. The fact that the selectors have turned to someone yet to be blooded in Test cricket rather than recall Khawaja must hurt.


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There is still the best part of a year before the next Ashes series for him to regain his place in the Australia XI, though. While blending youth and experience is important for any side, the selectors will want to maintain a strong recent home record in Test matches against England.

According to the latest odds for those planning on betting on cricket with 888sport, the hosts are firm 1/2 favourites to win the 2021-22 Ashes series. Given England’s struggles Down Under, this isn’t that all surprising even though it appears as if places at the top of the Australian order are up for grabs.

A proven performer on home soil like Khawaja may count for a lot. Australia will be keen to avoid over-relying on star batsman Steve Smith, and do have other big hitters including all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne.

Just because tried and tested names are familiar foes to England doesn’t mean the tourists will be capable of outfoxing them on tour. As fantastic bowlers as Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad have been, Australian pitches have seldom been kind to them down the years.

If given one more chance, Khawaja could well still have plenty to offer Australia in the short-term of the next 12 months at least.

19 December 2020


19 December 2020

Royal London Club Championship Logo

Please find attached the draw for the Royal London Club Championship 2021.

Blackpool will welcome Fleetwood, while Leyland host St Annes.

The winners of those ties will then play each other before taking on Liverpool/Bolton League opposition.

The dates for each of the rounds for 2021 are listed below

Round 1 – Sunday 16th May

Round 2 – Sunday 6th June

Round 3 – Sunday 27th June

Round 4 – Sunday 18th July

Quarter Finals – Sunday 8th August

Semi Finals – Sunday 29th August

Final – TBC

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