24 April 2017 Read 2226 times
The omens weren’t good ahead of the new cricket season. I thought I better go to a couple of pre-season nets and after donning the pads and clubs my performance was so bad that one of the new players asked if I was a bowler! He was being serious. If that wasn’t bad enough the cricket authorities decided to start the new season a week after Easter. My staple diet for the last week has been three eggs but unfortunately they’ve been of the chocolate variety. Turning up to White Coppice’s picturesque ground for our season opener against Garstang 2nd we did  in the knowledge it would be without our best batsman and talisman Kyle Dixon, who has left to… Read more...
19 September 2016 Read 2756 times
Well that’s another cricket season put to bed. The Northern League and Palace Shield League concluded on Saturday – sparking wild scenes of joy and celebration or much lamenting and sorrow. I’m going to focus on the relegation fight at the bottom of Division 1 of the Palace Shield but before I do a few congratulations. In the Northern League a massive well done to Leyland Cricket Club for winning the 1st and 2ndDivision titles by beating their nearest rivals Blackpool. I’m really pleased for Leyland captain David Makinson. In the Palace Shield full marks to Fulwood and Broughton, who saw off the challenge of Vernon Carus to win the Premier title and to Eccleston, who beat Longridge 2nds to snatch… Read more...
12 September 2016 Read 3442 times
“Somebody needs to check the septic tank once a week,” said White Coppice chairman and secretary Cindy Dixon. If one sentence best sums up the unglamorous side of life on a cricket club committee this had to be it.It came up during a meeting called by the players after our final 1st XI home game of the season on Saturday.White Coppice was founded in 1875 and after 141 years we, like so many other cricket clubs, face a battle on and off the pitch to attract players and people willing to join the committee.I’m not going to overegg the pudding but White Coppice need to find several new members of the committee as a number of the stalwarts of the… Read more...
05 September 2016 Read 2296 times
Picture the scene. I was huddled in the changing room with my White Coppice team-mates on Saturday at BAC/EE Preston when our skipper Tony Moore burst in with an update. It had been raining for five hours continuously and the covers hadn’t moved an inch. Noah had moored his metaphorical ark by the pavilion and the surrounding skies were slate grey and the Met Office predicted “100 precipitation” between midday and 4pm. Why don’t they just call it rain? Anyway, such was the prevailing sense of gloom that nobody had got their kit out their car let alone bothered to put it on. Then Tony burst in. “The umpires have decided to have an early tea,” he said. Has there… Read more...
29 August 2016 Read 2588 times
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been asked if I’ve thought about taking up umpiring. I wouldn’t  mind but most of the people asking me are my team-mates! Although my cricketing ability is on the wane, and I occasionally need reading glasses, I’m not that bad that I'm ready to join the ranks of Donald Trump lookalike Rob Hales and his fellow umpires. August and been and gone and I didn’t register a single 50. When I was younger this would have been cause for concern but given that I didn’t register a half century in July, June, May or April either, it’s not a big surprise. The truth is I’ve only batted four times in more than three… Read more...
22 August 2016 Read 2023 times
Another miserable Saturday ended with White Coppice’s game against Garstang 2nds predictably being rained off after 9.4 overs with both sides picking up two points apiece. I’ve lost count of the number of wasted days I’ve endured over my career because of the weather so I decided to keep a diary of the latest  washout weekend to demonstrate the idiocy of being a club cricketer.1 6am, Saturday August 20th:  I woke up nice and early and could barely hear myself think because of the sound of the rain hitting the conservatory roof. Checked my iPhone weather app and there’s a 95 per cent chance of rain in Garstang. I’ve worked out I need 860 runs from a maximum of four… Read more...
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