24 June 2019 Read 7 times

 

So this is it. Squeaky bum time. Tuesday sees England’s most import ODI for years. It might even be our most important ODI since the 1992 World Cup final. Lose tomorrow and we’ll be facing humiliation all over again – the humiliation of being tournament favourites, playing at home, and not even making it to the semi-finals. So much has been sacrificed for this event: the county championship has been sidelined, the test team is somewhat in the doldrums, and there are few quality first class batsmen coming through. And with The Hundred relegating our domestic 50 over cricket into a development competition from next season, this might well be our only chance to win a World Cup for the foreseeable future.

The stakes, therefore, couldn’t be higher folks. Lose tomorrow and we won’t be frittering away a gala casino promo code or something like that; we’ll be tossing away the bleedin’ World Cup plus our self-respect! This might sound a bit dramatic, but if England don’t do well in this tournament then all the pain would have been for diddly squat.

Because so much is riding on tomorrow’s game, I think we can safely say that the World Cup finally begins tomorrow. We’ll have context, drama, plus a compelling narrative: the fact we’re playing Australia is a scriptwriter's dream. Can the old enemy fatally derail England’s World Cup on home soil at the home of cricket? Although we’ll still have a chance of qualifying for the semis if we lose tomorrow, we’ll need to beat both India and New Zealand under the most intense pressure imaginable. And both teams will be doing their utmost to put the favourites out in a consequence-free environment. After all, they’ll already be through by then.

On top of everything we’ve got the Smith and Warner sub-plot. The two pantomime villains of world cricket are sure to get a mixed reception tomorrow – I notice that Eoin Morgan hasn’t exactly discouraged fans from booing our key adversaries – and I’m sure they’d like nothing better than to get the last laugh. I’m sorry to say it, folks, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Bull or the Ginger Rodent come up trumps tomorrow with big centuries. They’ve pooped our party before, and they can do it again.

I just hope the toss doesn’t become a crucial factor tomorrow. There was heavy rain in London today and storms are expected to continue overnight. I bet that pitch is getting pretty sweaty under the covers. Although Lord’s has state-of-the-art drainage, I expect the ball to move around a bit in the first hour. It’s also set to be humid.

If we do lose the toss, and Smith decides the conditions warrant an insertion (if all things were even I’d expect him to ask England to chase), then our tournament could be derailed within the hour. We’ve seen our top order, which is big on firepower but not necessarily first rate in terms of patience and technique, capitulate at Lord’s in the recent past. Remember when South Africa reduced us to 20-6 in 2017? I’d expect Starc, Cummins and Co to present just as much of challenge as Rabada, Parnell, and Morkel did that day.

On the other hand, if England win a crucial toss, then we finally have the firepower to do some damage ourselves. The prospect of a fired-up Archer and Wood steaming into Warner and Smith in helpful conditions is an extremely appetising one indeed. Maybe England could be the beneficiaries of a great toss to win?

I’ll certainly be nervous tomorrow and I expect the players will be ultra-nervous. Those defeats to Pakistan and Sri Lanka just weren’t good enough. Had we won those games we could have strolled into Lord’s relaxed, full of confidence, and in the perfect frame of mind to play our attack style of cricket. But can we still play like millionaires when the pressure becomes excruciating?

I guess we’re about to find out.

James Morgan

Written in collaboration with BR Agency

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24 June 2019 Read 8 times

 

So this is it. Squeaky bum time. Tuesday sees England’s most import ODI for years. It might even be our most important ODI since the 1992 World Cup final. Lose tomorrow and we’ll be facing humiliation all over again – the humiliation of being tournament favourites, playing at home, and not even making it to the semi-finals. So much has been sacrificed for this event: the county championship has been sidelined, the test team is somewhat in the doldrums, and there are few quality first class batsmen coming through. And with The Hundred relegating our domestic 50 over cricket into a development competition from next season, this might well be our only chance to win a World Cup for the foreseeable future.

The stakes, therefore, couldn’t be higher folks. Lose tomorrow and we won’t be frittering away a gala casino promo code or something like that; we’ll be tossing away the bleedin’ World Cup plus our self-respect! This might sound a bit dramatic, but if England don’t do well in this tournament then all the pain would have been for diddly squat.

Because so much is riding on tomorrow’s game, I think we can safely say that the World Cup finally begins tomorrow. We’ll have context, drama, plus a compelling narrative: the fact we’re playing Australia is a scriptwriter's dream. Can the old enemy fatally derail England’s World Cup on home soil at the home of cricket? Although we’ll still have a chance of qualifying for the semis if we lose tomorrow, we’ll need to beat both India and New Zealand under the most intense pressure imaginable. And both teams will be doing their utmost to put the favourites out in a consequence-free environment. After all, they’ll already be through by then.

On top of everything we’ve got the Smith and Warner sub-plot. The two pantomime villains of world cricket are sure to get a mixed reception tomorrow – I notice that Eoin Morgan hasn’t exactly discouraged fans from booing our key adversaries – and I’m sure they’d like nothing better than to get the last laugh. I’m sorry to say it, folks, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Bull or the Ginger Rodent come up trumps tomorrow with big centuries. They’ve pooped our party before, and they can do it again.

I just hope the toss doesn’t become a crucial factor tomorrow. There was heavy rain in London today and storms are expected to continue overnight. I bet that pitch is getting pretty sweaty under the covers. Although Lord’s has state-of-the-art drainage, I expect the ball to move around a bit in the first hour. It’s also set to be humid.

If we do lose the toss, and Smith decides the conditions warrant an insertion (if all things were even I’d expect him to ask England to chase), then our tournament could be derailed within the hour. We’ve seen our top order, which is big on firepower but not necessarily first rate in terms of patience and technique, capitulate at Lord’s in the recent past. Remember when South Africa reduced us to 20-6 in 2017? I’d expect Starc, Cummins and Co to present just as much of challenge as Rabada, Parnell, and Morkel did that day.

On the other hand, if England win a crucial toss, then we finally have the firepower to do some damage ourselves. The prospect of a fired-up Archer and Wood steaming into Warner and Smith in helpful conditions is an extremely appetising one indeed. Maybe England could be the beneficiaries of a great toss to win?

I’ll certainly be nervous tomorrow and I expect the players will be ultra-nervous. Those defeats to Pakistan and Sri Lanka just weren’t good enough. Had we won those games we could have strolled into Lord’s relaxed, full of confidence, and in the perfect frame of mind to play our attack style of cricket. But can we still play like millionaires when the pressure becomes excruciating?

I guess we’re about to find out.

James Morgan

Written in collaboration with BR Agency

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21 June 2019 Read 71 times

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Skipper Ben Simm has challenged his Lancaster team to stay out in front in the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division.

The Lune Road oufit’s victory in the local derby against Morecambe on Saturday saw them leapfrog above their neighbours to the top of the table.

It has been a fine start to the campaign for Simm’s men, who have won seven of their opening nine games – the other two falling foul of the weather.

After coming third last summer, Lancaster definitely have designs of winning promotion back to the Northern League this year.

“It’s been an excellent start,” said Simm, who missed last weekend’s game with a shoulder injury which is likely to keep him out of action for the next three week.

“It’s what we were hoping for to be up there challenging at the top.

“We have been a little bit unlucky with two games which got rained off, but I suppose it went in our favour last weekend.

“But it’s good to be top and long may that continue.

“We’d like to win promotion this season because you want to play at the highest level possible.

“It was disappointing to miss out last season.”

The win over Morecambe means Lancaster have now moved 15 points clear of third-placed Preston, but Simm revealed he does not envisage one side running away with the title.

“Morecambe are our local rivals and we knew if we beat them we would go to the top so we were doubly delighted to get the win,” he said.

“We played very well against a good team.

“I don’t think it’s going to become a two-horse race or three-horse race, teams like Preston, Croston and Vernon Carus are still with a shout.”

This weekend, Lancaster travel to New Longton, who are fifth from bottom.

“We nearly got beaten by them last year,” he added. “They have some good cricketers, but we will go there confident that we can get the win.”

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21 June 2019

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Ladies / gents

 
Please find attached minutes from the latest junior meeting.
 
The deadline for the U10s and U11s league fixtures has been extended to 31 July.
U10s Finals Day will be Sunday 25 August at Leyland CC
U11s Finals Day will be Monday 26 August at Blackpool CC
 
To book to attend feedback on new pitch lengths @ http://booking.ecb.co.uk/d/pyqk2m   meeting at Longridge 27 June but must book on.
 
Sunday 14 July U9s softball festival at Preston CC. 
 
Sunday 28 July 2nd softball festival NEED  A club to host preferably in the Blackpool Area.
Any club wishing to enter either of these events, please let me know asap.
 
Fleetwood are running a Well Being Presentation on 26 June at 6.30pm .
Further details can be found on the PS website. 
 
 
Regards
 
Mark
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18 June 2019 Read 124 times

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The Moore and Smalley Palace Shield player of the month for April / May is Charlie Swarbrick of Lancaster. 

Charlie, who was the player of the season in 2018, started the season in fine form scoring 463 runs in the 6 games in the month. 

The team of the month for the same period is shared between Great Eccleston 2nd XI in Division 2 and Torrisholme 2nd XI in Division 3 who both won all their games reaching a total of 64 points.

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