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Congratulations to Euxton C.C. Under 17s who, in their first year in the Under 17 competition, are this season’s Rose Trophy winners.
The number 88 symbolises fortune and good luck in Chinese culture and is now, no doubt, the favourite number of the Euxton following having seen their side successfully chased down scores of 88 in both their semi-final AND final.
In Euxton’s morning semi-final held at Thornton Cleveleys C.C. the hosts posted the first 88 runs of the day against a strong Euxton bowling attack. Captain, Joshua Sackfield was Thornton Cleveleys mainstay with 36 runs. In reply only Euxton’s Arron Boyden, with an excellent 40 runs, scored double figures and it was left to a last wicket partnership by Harry Ashcroft and Ben Cooper to see Euxton over the line. Joshua Sackfield again excelled for Thornton Cleveleys with 4 wickets for 13 runs.
In the other semi-final held at Fleetwood C.C. opponents Longridge C.C. batted first and a mixture of good batting, N.B. Joshua Stamford retired at 50 n.o. and poor Fleetwood catching saw them post a competitive total of 141 for 6 wickets. In reply an excellent opening partnership by Charlie Clark (26) and Will Gair (39) gave strong foundations to Fleetwood’s reply and, despite some excellent Longridge fielding (2 run outs) and economical spells from their slow bowlers, Fleetwood won by 6 wickets with 2 overs to spare. Michael Wilson (42 n.o.) batted very impressively and sensibly for Fleetwood.
Excellent hospitality at both Thornton Cleveleys and Fleetwood ensured all four semi-finalists were well fed and watered before Euxton made their way over to Fleetwood for the final in the afternoon.
Fleetwood batted first in the final and, unlike their semi-final, both openers fell cheaply. Despite another good knock from Michael Wilson (37) and 17 runs from Joe Thomson, Fleetwood were restricted to a ‘spooky’ 88 runs for 9 wickets off their 20 overs. The Euxton team all bowled and fielded extremely well and special mention must go to Ben Houghton who took an exceptional diving catch in the deep (in the context of the game possibly a match winning catch?)
In reply Euxton batted sensibly against some good Fleetwood bowling particularly Ben Houghton who scored 29. Despite constant pressure from Fleetwood it looked like Euxton, with 3 overs to go, 7 wickets in hand and only half a dozen runs required, were this year’s champions. It was then, from my privileged position of umpiring at the bowler’s end, that I witnessed an exceptional over of fast bowling from Oliver Haddow who proceeded to bowl a 4 wicket maiden over, all clean bowled including a Hat-Trick! To the credit of James Bone (Euxton Captain), who had to witness the collapse helpless at the non-strikers end, he hit a boundary the next over and victory was soon in the bag. This capped an excellent match for James who had led maturely with both bat and ball.
The award for performance of the day went to Oliver Haddow for overall match figures of 4 overs, 5 wickets, 12 runs.
Big congratulations to Euxton C.C. but also a big thank you to all four clubs who contributed to an excellent final’s day, their players, coaches, scorers, parents etc. who all contribute throughout the season without seeking, or receiving, the recognition they deserve.
Special mention again to our excellent hosts, Thornton Cleveleys C.C. and Fleetwood C.C. and also the Umpires, Trevor Wilde and Alex Diver, who stood in the semi-finals, and Wally Foster who stood in both a semi-final and the final.
Junior Chairman, Palace Shield
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)
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.
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:-
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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.