24 August 2015 Read 1867 times
There can’t be anything more English than a game of cricket on the village green.Apparently there are 15,000 amateur cricket teams in England but I can think of only a handful that still play on a traditional village green. Wrea Green Cricket Club is one such club in the North West.White Coppice played there on Saturday in a relegation dog fight and to the passer-by the action in the middle must have looked like the sort of jolly japes you see in Midsomer Murders. Wrea Green Cricket Club is a throwback to when I first started playing cricket as an 11-year-old and you’d arrive at the ground in your kit because there wasn’t a clubhouse and you’d have tea at the local… Read more...
16 August 2015 Read 1782 times
Every year our two children go to their grandparents during the summer holiday for a few days and Mrs M and I go on a couple of ‘date nights’. This year I decided to spring a surprise on my long-suffering wife by taking her out for a ‘mystery night’. “Do I need to wear anything special?” asked Mrs M. “No,” I replied. “Will we be outdoors or indoors? she asked. “Bit of both,” I said. “Will we be eating?” she asked. “Probably,” I said unsure of the answer myself. Anyway the tension was palpable as we headed down the M65 with my wife guessing where I was taking her. “Are we going for canal cruise Chris?” she asked excitedly. “Nope,”… Read more...
11 August 2015 Read 2135 times
I won’t lie when I say White Coppice’s 170-run defeat against Whittingham & Goosnargh will go down as one of the most miserable of my career. Sport is a cruel mistress and no mistress is crueller than cricket and that’s true of club and international cricket. Driving to the ground on Saturday I was listening to the post-match interviews after England clinched the Ashes at Trent Bridge. Michael Clarke was in tears after announcing he would be retiring from international cricket after the fifth test at the Oval. Alastair Cook was in tears as well as the magnitude of what England had achieved in recovering from the 5-0 thumping Down Under 18 months ago. Two captains crying for different reasons.… Read more...
02 August 2015 Read 2009 times
The death of Cecil the lion at the hands of hunters in Zimbabwe has quite rightly attracted worldwide condemnation and made global headlines. However in a little corner of Chorley, a cat called Taz has gone on a rampage of his own, which has gone completely unreported – until now. The cat belongs to White Coppice legend Kyle Dixon and was given six months to live – seven years ago!! The vet told Kyle and his family to make Taz's last few months as happy as possible so they spent a fortune feeding him tuna, shrimps and salmon and seven years later he’s still going strong. Anyway what’s this got to do with cricket? The answer is Kyle cut short… Read more...
19 July 2015 Read 2204 times
Picture the scene. At 5.59pm on Saturday I walked out to bat at number six for White Coppice at Eccleston in our must-win game in Division One of the Palace Shield. I was facing a left arm bowler called Dan Flanagan so I look a leg stump guard. As I’ve got older I’ve started to take two guards, one behind the popping crease and one about six inches in front. If the wicketkeeper is standing back I always bat outside my crease, which was the case on Saturday. Thomas Wilkinson chirped up from cover. “Have you gone into the attic to find those pads?” This is on the account of the fact I wear odd pads but I’m beyond worrying… Read more...
12 July 2015 Read 2139 times
If England’s magnificent victory in the First Test against Australia at Cardiff does one thing I hope it finally puts to bed the never-ending chats about England’s 2005 success. You won’t find anybody more nostalgic than me but how many more programmes, discussions and newspaper column inches can be squeezed out of a series that was played 10 years ago? It’s a problem we have in the country. We spend so long navel-gazing we stop looking forwards to the battles that lay ahead. Last week I spent an enjoyable evening at Preston’s Guild Hall listening to Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff reminisce about the series that made his name as England reclaimed the Ashes for the first time in 18 years. However the… Read more...
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