20 November 2018
Flintoff Confirmed for December 12th Manchester Dinner. 
in association with the Steven Croft Testimonial 
MSC. Wednesday, December 12th. 6-9pm. 
Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff has enjoyed the sort of career both in sport and beyond that most of us can only dream about.  
One of the most high profile cricketers in the world Freddie was also one of the greatest all-rounders England has ever produced.  
He played in 79 test matches bagging 226 wickets and scoring 3,845 runs, and if these figures are not impressive enough, he produced many match-winning performances, notably during the 2005 Ashes-winning series. He also captained England and played in 141 one day internationals as well.  
His career post cricket has been equally successful. 
A captain in the popular, James Corden-hosted "A League of Their Own" on Sky One TV, he has also featured in various other shows including "Freddie Fries Down Under," "Cannonball," the very frank and honest "The Hidden Side of Sport" and much more.  
Now he looks forward to being one of the co-hosts of the BBC's "Top Gear" next year.  
Come and meet Freddie over pre dinner drinks, enjoy a sumptuous three-course dinner, a night of good fun and networking, and a Q&A with the main star. 
The dinner is in association with the Steven Croft testimonial year and Steven, Freddie's Lancashire cricket teammate for many years, will be there on the night as well. 
Tickets: £80 + VAT for members, £100 + VAT for non members. 
Tickets can be purchased on the website 
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Presentations made at the Annual Dinner were:-

Achievement Awards


Mark Myers

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.

Mike Smith


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.

John Smith


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



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Homegrown left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan has seen his professional cricket career make something of a 360-degree about-turn as of late. The 29-year-old started out as a junior playing for Fulwood & Broughton before going on to earn a professional contract with Lancashire in September 2008. Fast forward a decade, and Kerrigan found himself back where it all began as he attempts to regain form and confidence.

While Kerrigan played against his hometown club Preston earlier this summer, Chris Woakes displayed some of the finest stroke-making at a packed Lord’s on his way to a 137 not-out against India. Both Kerrigan and Woakes made their test debuts together in 2013 when they pitched in against Australia in the final Ashes test of the summer. England already wrapped up the Ashes having won three of the opening four contests and was keen to see what the pair could do at The Oval on a dry, dusty wicket that looked likely to offer plenty for the spinners.

Kerrigan’s debut for England was hard to watch. It was like watching a novice sit down for some no-limit Texas Hold ‘em at the World Series of Poker Main Event and bust out on day one. In Australia’s first innings, Shane Watson gave Kerrigan severe punishment en route to his highest-ever test match score. Kerrigan would bowl only eight overs in the entire match, with captain Alastair Cook opting not to utilise the Lancashire spinner in the second innings, being hit for 53 runs. Unfortunately, for Kerrigan, that test match was his only taste of England action. Moeen Ali then came on the scene in 2014 — both as a batsman and spinner — and the rest is history.

Woakes’ real all-rounder ability has kept him firmly in the thoughts of England’s selectors, both with bat and ball. And not trying Kerrigan again underlines how hard it is for spinners to make their mark on the test scene. Despite Kerrigan’s failure at the top level, he continued to play at the county level for Lancashire’s four-day side. However, the emergence of Stephen Parry and Matt Parkinson saw Kerrigan loaned out to Northamptonshire in the 2017 campaign, taking 12 wickets in only four matches.

Kerrigan returned to Lancashire for this year’s season but did not feature at the start of the campaign. Following private discussions with Lancashire’s head coach Glen Chapple, they decided that Kerrigan would focus his efforts on coaching across all areas of the Lancashire cricket set-up while ‘remaining part of the playing squad’. Kerrigan spent much of this 2018 season playing for Fulwood & Broughton as a batsman, but at the beginning of August, he bowled for the first time of the campaign, taking three wickets in a victory over Penrith. The following week, Kerrigan took two wickets against Preston. While he took those five wickets, Chris Woakes saw the cricket ball like a beach ball at Lord’s. Unfortunately, varied career paths are the nature of the beast that is professional cricket.

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Last night I had the pleasure of photographing about 200+ cricketers at their Annual Dinner & Awards evening at Ribby Hall, Kirkham, Preston. The evening was sponsored by Moore & Smalley Accountants, who are leading independent providers of accounting, business advisory and wealth management services. They have also been sponsoring the Palace Shield Cricketers for the past 23 years which in itself is a remarkable achievement.

The evening started off with drinks and a superb 4 course meal and lots of good natured banter until the quiz started, then it was serious business. Luis Reece of Derbyshire Cricket fame, was handing out the awards on the night and a superb job he did too.

Trophies and medals were given to the winners and runners up in all 8 of the Saturday divisions plus the winners of the 3 Sunday divisions and 15 medals were given to each team.

There were also prizes for the batting, bowling and wicket-keeping in each division plus umpires, player of the season and club of the year. There were a few surprises for certain individuals on the night with a few tears too.

The night drew to a close with a most excellent raffle of super cricket related prizes.

As a photographer who knows nothing about cricket I learnt some things last night. Phil Tufnell has been on I'm A Celebrity and Graeme Swan is in Strictly, and that's my limit.

The most important thing that I found out came courtesy of a gentleman at the beginning talking on the stage (apologies for not knowing his name). He was so passionate about the game and very forthright. I especially loved how he talked about the kids learning cricket and to show them the way, or else there would be no cricket. This passion I can understand, I feel the same about photography and to pass on knowledge is a wonderful thing. So kudos to all you cricket guys!!




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Today Wyre Council has celebrated the borough’s sporting superstars as the achievements of nine individuals, clubs and schools were recognised with Wyre Sports Awards.

The awards were given out to showcase Wyre’s sporting talent after clubs, coaches, players and parents were asked to nominate those in community who deserved to be recognised for their efforts.

The winners of the 2018 awards are:

  • Coach of the Year – Daniel Orwin, Fylde Rugby Club
  • Young Achiever of the year – Gracie Slater, Everton Ladies
  • Volunteer of the Year – Ian Davies, Norcross Cricket Club
  • Volunteer of the Year - Glenn Holt, Chaucer Primary School
  • Primary School of the Year – Chaucer Primary School, Fleetwood
  • Secondary School of the Year – Garstang Community Academy
  • Lifetime Achievement - Commitment to Sport – Norman Cowburn, Fleetwood & District Swimming club
  • Sports Club of the Year – Wyre Netball Club
  • Community Project of the year –  Pilling 20-20

Wyre's Sports Awards celebrate excellence and dedication in local sport and recognise the coaches, volunteers and clubs who have made a real difference. They celebrate sporting achievements across the borough and pay tribute to those who have shown commitment and enthusiasm in order to achieve sporting excellence, and to those who have dedicated their time and efforts to individuals or clubs.

Councillor Lynne Bowen, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Health and Community Engagement at Wyre Council comments: “Today has been a great opportunity to congratulate and thank those who have shown a strong commitment to sporting excellence in Wyre. We have lots of inspirational individuals and groups across the borough and the people here today really deserve this recognition for their hard work and dedication.

“Sport and local clubs can have such a positive effect on people of all ages and abilities, not just from a physical health point of view, but also in respect of team spirit and confidence building - there’s so much to be gained.”

All the winners will now go forward to represent Wyre at the Lancashire Sports Awards, the largest celebration of amateur sport in the county, which takes place in November.

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