Presentations made at the Annual Dinner were:-
He was in his day an uncompromising batsman and still holds the Division 4 or E as it was batting record of 714 runs at an average of 42 gained in 1996.
He became involved with the competition’s Junior Section initially as the Penwortham representative before he was approached and agreed at short notice following the death of Albert Childs and agreed to take over the mantle of Junior Results Secretary.
For the past 14 years he has held the position of Junior Secretary and he has overseen the expansion of the section from 4 to 7 age groups with all the extra administration this involves.
His knowledge of junior cricket is tremendous, he is a constant source of information and is readily approachable to all the teams across the County.
Has stepped down after an astonishing 34 years as President of New Longton Cricket Club.
He has been involved with the club since 1968 when he played in the Chorley & District Cricket League
He oversaw the club join the Palace Shield in 2002
He also served as a Trustee of the Sports & Social club
He was prominent of the development of a basic pavilion into the superb Sports & Social club enjoyed today.
With his polite & considerate conduct, he has been a credit to his club and to the development of cricket in the area.
Joined our Umpires panel 1999
Has won our Nompere Trophy 10 times from 2000 including this last season 2018.
He has been recognised as one of the leading umpires in the region, with a number of appointments to regional finals, etc.
Also chosen to umpire National Village Cup Final at Lords
Took over training of Palace Shield umpires in 2004 from Joe Collier. Developed training presentation moving it to computer presentation.
He is now concentrating on the training of trainers.
He was formerly Chairman of Lancs Assn of Cricket Officials and has attended the Lancs Cricket Board Recreational Committee meetings on behalf of our Competition.
Service to Palace Shield includes 3 years as Chairman of Disciplinary Committee 2006 – 2008 elected vice chairman of the competition at the AGM in December 2008 a position he still holds.
Has overseen the organisation and team management of Palace Shield representative teams in inter-league and MCC games in recent seasons.
He has made a significant contribution to negotiations with Northern League over current extended collaboration which started this past season.
Ground of the Year
Special mentions for Torrisholme, Blackpool & Croston cricket clubs
The award for 2018 is awarded to Eccleston Cricket Club
Player of the Year
Considered players were
Ian Dunn of Vernon Carus with 640 runs
Danny Howard of Thornton Cleveleys with 622 runs
Dan Jardine of South Shore with 595 runs
Chris Miller Kendal of with 60 wickets @ 12.9 plus 128 runs
Ben Simm of Lancaster with 60 wickets @ 11.35 plus 318 runs
This year’s player of the Year is
Charlie Swarbrick of Lancaster with 701 runs & 44wkts @ 13.73
Club of the Year
Special praise for Kendal who were 2nd in our Premier Division and Meyler Cup winners and 2nd in Division 2. Both teams were relegated in 2017
Standish winners of Division 1A and 2nd in Division 4
Both clubs are well run with good grounds and are praised
However, with 5 teams in our Saturday Competition, winning the Lancashire Club of the Year, our Premier Division and the Loxham Cup the Club of the Year has to be
Longridge Cricket Club