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11 June 2019

kids playing cricket

Hopefully the below night I have organised with Lee Conroy will be of interest to those involved with junior cricket, we hope to be able to share some thoughts around the junior format recommendations from ECB along with provide some advice and a forum with the governing body as we all strive to make cricket as enjoyable as possible for youngsters.

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ECB Junior Formats - Coaches feedback / Best Practice / Q&A

Thursday 27th June


Longridge Cricket Club

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James Cutt | Club & Community Cricket Manager

Lancashire Cricket Foundation

Emirates Old Trafford, Talbot Road, Manchester, M16 0PX

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02 April 2019

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The Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy is a fun filled cricket coaching camp for children aged 5 to 16 years olds.

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AFCA is for boys and girls aged between 5-16 years old. Whether it’s your first experiences of cricket or you are a representative player, you will have fun, improve and be challenged on the Academy.

The Freddie Juniors (5-7 year olds) have their own programme which establishes the fundamentals of cricket and sport in general. We understand the different needs of this age range and this is reflected in the curriculum which has shorter sessions, cricket related skills in a wider context and the need for high and lower intensity activities. In addition the Freddie Juniors programme will incorporate more multi faceted activities in the afternoon sessions, these may include arts and crafts, as well as more multi activity games and play sessions.

Our Freddie Seniors (8-16) work in age appropriate groups and enjoy learning new skills in all cricketing disciplines of batting, bowling and fielding. Our themed sessions encourage a focus on achievement with plenty of opportunities to put skills into action through small-sided games and middle practices.


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29th July - 2nd August 2019
12 February 2019
U19ClubT20 social media 1
I’m pleased to confirm that the Lancashire Cricket Foundation will once again be running the Vitality U19 Club T20 Competition in 2019.
We would now like to invite clubs to formally apply to take part in the 2019 Competition by filling in the attached entry form returning to Katrina Lees at Emirates Old Trafford with a cheque for £50 arriving no later than 17th March.
If your club don’t have enough players of your own, but want to enter the competition please contact me, as we are currently in conversations with ECB about the option of clubs merging to create teams, therefore allowing players to take part in the U19 Club T20 Competition rather than miss out.
See link for more information – www.ecbu19clubt20.play-cricket.com along with the 2018 Rules for consideration. Whilst we always encourage clubs to embrace the full T20 Blast Experience, to help with player retention, I must stress that they are optional and shouldn’t put anyone off entering the competition.
If you have any further queries, please let me know?
James Cutt | Club & Community Cricket Manager
Lancashire Cricket Foundation
Emirates Old Trafford, Talbot Road, Manchester, M16 0PX
25 January 2019

Lady Taverners

Entries now being taken for National Lady Taverners Girls Club U13 & U15 T20 Competition (8 a side), please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details, closing date 15th February

11 January 2019


To all reps and junior coaches

An urgent junior meeting has been arranged to discuss and agree on the way forward with the suggested ECB format changes for U9s to U11s for 2019.
At the last meeting it was suggested that we set up a sub committee to take the proposals forward; since the meeting there have been changes with the ECB now wanting changes at U13s and U15s as well which would also mean changes to our U12s and U14s competitions.
Therefore all clubs are invited to the meeting which is Weds 16th January at Fulwood and Broughton CC starting at 7.30pm. 
The only item to be discussed and voted upon will be the suggested format changes.
As the proposals are radically different from how we currently play the game all coaches are also invited along to the meeting.

Suggested changes are:
U9s softball                       6 a side. 12 overs each innings. on a 15 yard pitch.      Batters bat in pairs 4 overs a pair. 
U10s and U11s softball       8 a side  16 overs each innings  on a 17 yard pitch        batters retire on reaching 25 runs and have 2 lives each. Max 6 balls in the over except for the last over of the innings
U10s and U11s hardball   8 a side   all details same as for the softball
U9s, U10s and U11s  all overs to be bowled from the same end
U12s                                 18 yard pitch
U13s                                 19 yard pitch
U14s and U15                   21 yard pitch   
Suggested formats for U12s to U15s still to be notified.
How do the suggested changes differ from what we currently have ?
U9s will be same as the format as we held this year.
U10s and U11s  we currently play 10 a side on an 18 yard pitch batting in pairs 4 overs a pair. max 9 balls in over except for final.
U12s and U13s we currently use 21 yard pitches.
U14s and U15s we currently use 22 yard pitches.
If any coach(es) have any point(s) that they would like to be raised and discussed but cannot make the meeting, please advise your club rep or you can forward details onto me directly.
Please make every effort to attend the meeting. The discussions and any subsequent voting will determine how the PS Juniors go forward with these ECB proposals.
Mark Myers
01 October 2018
Coaching Children 3
ECB Certificate Coaching Children’s Cricket
This course is designed to help to develop your confidence and equip you with the knowledge, understanding and applied skills to lead coaching sessions for children and create safe, fun, player-centred coaching environments.
Induction & First Aid
Wed 30th January (6-9pm)
Coach Education Sessions 
Sun 3rd, 10th & 17th February (9am-5pm)
Assessment Day TBC
Myerscough College
St Michael's Road
Preston, Lancashire PR3 0RY
For more info:
Lee Conroy
Coach Development Manager
Lancashire Cricket Foundation
M: 07799 639902
03 September 2018


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.

John Conway

Junior Chairman, Palace Shield


07 August 2018


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)

U12s Competition
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.

U13s Competition
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:-

St Annes
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.

U14s Competition
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.

U15s Competition
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.

U17s Competition
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).

Representative Sides
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.

Way Forward
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
continuing support.
John Conway
Junior Chairman

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