16 April 2024 Read 48 times



Everyone should have received an email last week from the ECB with the current "Over and Out" publication. Included there was a link to concussion guidance which was originally issued in 2021 but which many people may not have seen. It is important that you read this before the season starts. I attach a link below.


One of the key takeaways impacts significantly our management of the game and overrides the Laws.


The email states:


"if there is a ball strike on a player (with or without helmet) then the umpires act under Law 20.4.2 to call Dead Ball and this will take place from the moment the head strike occurred."


In the detailed guidance it states:


" Therefore where a blow to the head occurs, HOWEVER MILD, (emphasis added) the umpire shall proceed with the following steps:


1. Either umpire shall immediately call and signal dead ball irrespective of the state of play"


The implications of this are:


a) any runs scored after the blow has occurred shall be disallowed.


b) should a batsmen be caught after the ball has struck his head or should they be caught after the ball has struck a fielder on the head the batsman shall be given not out.


This guidance must be adopted immediately should an umpire be found not to have followed such Governing Body specific guidance and a player subsequently suffers a reaction that umpire could be held legally responsible.


Please ensure you read the whole protocol which provides further advice on what you should do next, any questions feel free to contact me.






Rob Hales

16 April 2024


Please find attached at the bottom of this post the latest LACO Spring Newsletter

15 April 2024 Read 77 times

SGM Round Up

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Following the Special General Meeting on the 2nd April, we can confirm that the top three divisions (NPL1 NPL 2 and PS Premier) will all have 10 teams in 2025. Divisions One to Seven will remain at 12 teams. 

Northern League Division One - Top 10 Teams from NPL 2024

Northern League Division Two - Bottom 3 teams from NPL 2024, Carlisle CC, Top 6 Teams from PS Prem 2024

PS Premier - Bottom 6 teams from PS Prem 2024, Top 4 1XI in 1A 2024.


Burscough have been elected to the competition and will join us from the Southport & District League.

Special General Meeting
Election of Burscough – voted in 77 to 0
Placement of Burscough in Div 2 (which is currently 1B) and the bottom division – carried 75 to 2.
Proposal 1 – Promotion of 6 teams to the NPL – carried by 58 to 17
Proposal 2 – Premier Division of 10 – carried by 40 to 35

As proposal 2 was carried, the remaining proposals would not be considered any further at this time.
This does not preclude any future changes.
Proposal 3 – Up to 4 second teams allowed in Prem
Proposal 4 – Limit second teams to 8 in Prem and 1
Proposal 5 – Promotion to pass to highest first team if a second team is second in a division
Proposal 6 – Accept 2 teams from WML in 2025

10 April 2024 Read 88 times



The MCC Game has been aranged for the 10th July at Settle CC.

The game gives a showcase for the leading U21 players from the Palace Shield and Northern Premier League to take on members of the MCC.




09 April 2024


Junior Cricket Development – 2024 Season Squad Selection (Boys)

Hi All

I am pleased to confirm the 2024 Northern League / Palace Shield Interleague squads, as detailed below.
This is a step up from club cricket and bridges the gap between club cricket and the County Pathway. For those wondering, the girls will follow a slightly different set up and an email will follow soon.

For those not selected:
The competition for places was tough, and we would encourage all those not selected to return to their clubs and work hard to get a place next season. Coaches on the interleague programme will keep an eye on play cricket, and should we feel a player has been missed we will invite him to join up with the squad during the season. We are unable to give individual feedback for all players involved as there are simply too many but here is some general guidance:

Bowlers – what do you offer? Fast / Spin / Swing? Is this repeatable and are you starting to include a variation?
Batters – consistent set up with application. Can you put the bad ball to the boundary? Can you defend the good ball? Can you hit 360?
Wicket‐Keepers – consistent stance. Take the ball cleanly? Foot movement? Can you take both off side and leg side deliveries? Can you stand up to the stumps?

For those selected:

Congratulations! Moving forward this season, your child may be invited to attend some additional summer training sessions (coach availability dependent) and will be involved in the summer fixture programme.
Please note that we will take 12 players to each game from the squad, naming 11 that will bat. The 12th will play a role in the game. Can I ask that the following link is completed to ensure we have accurate contact and medical information for your player: https://forms.gle/7f4wBkRmTVZQf11g7

In regards to kit, we have brought Lukeys Cricket Academy on board as our new kit supplier. We are also fortunate to have an additional sponsor, Fitbiotics, which will appear as a sleeve sponsor. Consequently, we would ask that ALL players order the playing top as a minimum for the season. We are aware of the rise in living costs and associated expenses with sport, so to acknowledge this we would like to offer a 50% rebate on the cost of a playing shirt at the end of the season. This would be for all those who make themselves available for at least 4 of their age group fixtures (not dependent on selection). You will still need to order this as per the details in the next paragraph.

There is also a variety of training wear available to purchase, which can be seen at the end of this email. All kit orders must be made directly through Lukey, either by attending his cricket centre to directly order, or through contacting him directly through: 07878 401934. I will not be in a position to take any orders through this email, so please go directly to Lukey. The deadline for orders is Friday 19th April.

Players are asked to wear their kit to arrive for interleague training and matches, but they are also welcome to wear this with pride at their club games, should they wish to do so.
I have attached the fixture list for all age groups as hopefully this will help with some planning. We will be charging £5 match fees to help cover costs of training programmes, equipment and other associated costs which I am sure you can appreciate. Any missing information will be sent out asap! If your club can assist with ground space for any of our home dates, please ask them to get in touch with me asap!

Further Communication
Last but certainly not least, I would like to introduce you to our interleague coaches for this season. From now on, all communication will go through your age group coach. Your age groups coach will be in touch with those selected shortly to ask for availability and any other information they need to share.

U11s – Ian Davies – Norcross CC – Team Manager - 07846 853690
U12s ‐ Andy Stoker – Longridge CC – Team Manager - 07970 751171
U13s – Abi Bates – Leyland CC – Team Manager - 07879 473045
U13s – Adam Richardson – Longridge CC – Team Coach - 07939 686890
U14s – John McKeever – Leyland CC – Team Manager - Phone number not supplied
U14s – Steve Murphy – Tarleton CC – Team Coach - 07846 088048
U15s – Paul Douglas – Longridge CC – Team Manager - 07979 706209
U17s – David Hopkinson – NLPS – Team Manager -  07514 423627

I wish all our boys across the leagues the very best during this season. The talent we have on show is excellent and is down to our clubs working hard with our dedicated juniors. I look forward to seeing our players grow and develop over the season.
Kind Regards
Abi Bates
07879 473045




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