02 May 2016 Read 1116 times
It’s amazing how your priorities change as you get older and your talents begin to wane. As a kid growing up I was obsessional about cricket and that’s true of most sport. Former Liverpool FC manager  Bill Shankly summed it up best when he said: “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.” I was the same about cricket. When I was 13 my maths teacher gave me out LBW and it was shocking decision. I moaned about it for months and would have dropped maths at GCSE if I’d been allowed. I can blame that on the…
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24 April 2016 Read 1156 times
I’ll be honest the omens weren’t good ahead of Saturday’s season opener between White Coppice and Fulwood and Broughton 2nd XI for lots of reasons. We’re getting some new sponsored kit produced and we needed a couple of lads to model the medium sized shirts we’d been sent for a photo shoot. It was cricket’s equivalent of Cinderella trying on the glass slipper and eventually David Smith and Ross Dixon were nominated on account that the rest of the team were too chubby to squeeze into the tops. Then the club’s chair Cindy Dixon walked into the changing room to present last year’s Fielder of the Year Award to Harry Bates, who’d missed the end-of-season presentation night because it coincided…
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20 September 2015 Read 1961 times
A couple of months ago I decided this would be my last If The Cap Fit column because I haven’t got the time to write it. You might think it’s rubbish but it’s time-consuming rubbish. Then I had a new idea that means the column has been handed a reprieve. I can hear the shouts of joy from here. For now this is my final column of the 2015 season and once again I’m handing out my annual awards. If I was making a serious point it’s this. Clubs are finding it harder than ever to get 11 players onto the pitch. It’s all very well saying ‘we need some new players’ but they don’t grow on trees. A worrying…
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13 September 2015 Read 1698 times
Well that’s another season put to bed. For the first time in my career I know what relegation feels like and it hurts. I woke up 3am on Sunday morning and that was all I could think of. White Coppice started the final game in the season at the bottom of Division One of the Palace Shield League and although we beat Withnell Fold by 217 runs our fate was sealed by results elsewhere. The first thing to do is to congratulate Wrea Green and Kirkham and Wesham for winning their final game of the season to preserve their Division One status. We finished on 104 points; Wrea Green picked up 105 points; and Kirkham and Wesham got 106 points.… Read more...
07 September 2015 Read 1781 times
Permutation is one of those words you only hear at the end of the sporting season when relegations and promotions have to be confirmed. As we go into the final weekend of the season of the Palace Shield cricket league the permutations are vast and varied. On Saturday night I was looking at my Twitter timeline and the line between success and failure was cruelly exposed. The video footage and tsunami of tweets from opponents congratulating Morecambe on winning the Northern League was genuine and sums up everything that is great about cricket. Equally Euxton secured promotion back to the top tier of the Ribblesdale Cricket League and the delight and relief was tangible. However for every winner there’s a… Read more...
31 August 2015 Read 1534 times
  I’m 43 years old and I still hate losing as much as I ever did. Another defeat for White Coppice on Saturday saw us drop into the relegation zone and completely ruined my weekend.   More about that later but not even watching my daughter win a five-a-side football tournament could prevent me going to the gym on Sunday night to work off my frustration.   So there I was sweating like a pig on the exercise bike when I stumbled across England’s women hockey team playing Holland on the TV in the final of the EuroHockey Championships.   England went 2-0 down and although they pulled a goal back it looked like curtains when the Dutch were handed… Read more...
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