Alex Diver

Monday, 11 March 2024 14:58


At the Lancashire ACO (LACO) AGM which was held at Ribblesdale Wanderers CC last week our President John Smith was unanimously elected President of LACO as well. This wholly ceremonial role was previously held by Tommy Wilson who sadly passed away last year and prior to Tommy was held by ex Test umpire John Holder.


John was the sole recommendation for the post by the LACO Committee who referenced his long association with LACO as an umpire in both the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield and the Lancashire League, as well as his work both as a Trainer for LACO and as a former Chair of the organisation.


John organised much of the Training of new umpires for our competition over many years and more recently has been involved as an LACO Developer, observing umpires all over the county who apply for promotion on the Umpire Pathway.


His appointment has been welcomed on social media with one post referencing how highly he is regarded and respected in the north west cricket fraternity for his contribution and services.


Rob Hales

Chair LACO

Monday, 11 March 2024 11:28


The Club wishes to employ a Head Grounds person, suitably qualified, to
maintain and continue to improve the playing surfaces and surrounding
areas at the Club.
At present the Club has a large cricket pitch with 24 tracks, 6 grass
tennis courts and 6 all weather tennis courts, 2 of which are covered by
an air dome during the winter, and a full sized football pitch.
The position is full time and based on an average of 40 hours per week
which is skewed between summer and winter working.
The salary will be in the region of £22k for a basically qualified person
but would be more for a qualified and experienced candidate.
Normal benefits will be provided and the new Grounds person will be
encouraged to continue their own personal development.
Some summer assistance may be provided but the new Grounds person
must be a self starter and capable of working on their own without
continued supervision.
A full schedule of work is available
In this first instance please register your interest by email with full
details of age, qualifications and experience to:
Bernard Crosby This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday, 09 March 2024 14:24

Cup Draws

The Cup Draws were made for the 2024 season this weekend.

The Draws were conducted by League President John Smith and Chairman Peter Metcalfe under the watchful eyes of Alex Diver and Trevor Wilde.

The draws can be seen below and on Play Cricket

Meyler Cup

  Sun 12th May   Preliminary Round
2 Morecambe v Great Eccleston
3 Croston v Vernon Carus
4 New Longton v Rufford
6 Standish v Tarleton
7 Shireshead v Barrow
10 Ingol v Torrisholme
11 Eccleston v Sedgwick
14 Carnforth v Preston
15 Penrith v Penwortham
  Sun 9th June   1st round
A BAC/EE Preston v Winner 2
B Winner 3 v Winner 4
C Fylde v Winner 6
D Winner 7 v Westgate
E Heysham v Winner 10
F Winner 11 v Thornton Cleveleys
G Kirkham & Wesham v Winner 14
H Winner 15 v Lancaster



Loxham Cup

  Sun 12th May   Preliminary Round
2 Great Eccleston II v Preston II
3 Euxton II v Penwortham II
4 Longridge II v Leyland II
6 Netherfield II v Torrisholme II
7 Hoghton v Blackpool II
10 Kirkham & Wesham II v Vernon Carus II
11 Lancaster II v Eccleston II
12 Walton-le-Dale v Fleetwood II
14 Norcross v Tarleton II
15 Garstang II v Thornton Cleveleys II
16 Fulwood & Broghton II v South Shore
  Sun 9th June   1st round
A Hesketh Bank v Winner 2
B Winner 3 v Winner 4
C Mawdelsey II v Winner 6
D Winner 7 v St Annes II
E Chorley II v Winner 10
F Winner 11 v Winner 12
G Whittingham & Goosnagh v Winner 14
H Winner 15 v Winner 16


Crabtree Cup

  Sun 12th May   Preliminary Round
2 Whittle-le-Woods v Fulwood & Broughton III
3 Leyland III v Chorley III
4 Darwen III v Norcross II
6 Penwortham III v Ingol II
7 Longridge III v Hoghton II
10 Wyre v Rufford II
11 White Coppice v BAC/EE Preston II
12 Fylde II v Leyland IV
14 Penwortham IV v Croston II
15 Blackpool III v New Longton II
16 Garstang III v Charnock St James II
  Sun 9th June   1st round
A Bretherton v Winner 2
B Winner 3 v Winner 4
C Euxton Sun XI v Winner 6
D Winner 7 v Standish II
E Vernon Carus III v Winner 10
F Winner 11 v Winner 12
G Preston Sun XI v Winner 14
H Winner 15 v Winner 16





Sun 12th May   Preliminary Round
Sun 9th June   First Round
Sun 23rd June   Second Round
Sun 14th July   Semi-Finals
Sun 28th July   T20 Finals Day @ Fylde
Sun 4th August    Crabtree Final @ Longridge
Sun 11th August    Loxham Final @ Croston
Sun 18th August    Meyler Final @ Carnforth
Wed 10th July   MCC Game
Saturday, 13 January 2024 13:33


Click the link to access the Jan 2024 Lancashire Cricket Foundation Newsletter


If you wish to enter some Womens and Girls competitions, the links to the form is on the newsletter

Saturday, 13 January 2024 13:33


Safeguarding Update for 2024

As clubs start to get organised for the new season and there will undoubtedly be changes in personnel within the club, to maintain minimum operating standards for safeguarding our young players, many volunteers may need to complete an online safeguarding courses below:

Safeguarding for Coaches and Activators 

Safeguarding for Umpires and Scorers

Safeguarding for Captains and Team Managers 

Safeguarding for Committee Members

*Any previous links to online safeguarding for volunteers will no longer be accessible*

Safehands Course for Club Safeguarding Officers 

- Bradshaw Cricket Club, The Rigby’s, Off Bolton Road, Bradshaw, Bolton BL17HQ

Date: Monday 22nd January 2024   

Time: 7pm till 10pm

Please click here to book a place on the course, places limited to 24.

- Ormskirk Cricket Club, Altys lane, Ormskirk L39 4RG

Date: Tuesday 13th February 2024

Time: 7pm till 10pm

Please click here to book a place on the course, places limited to 24.

Click on the link to the appropriate course to register and then you should receive login details for the ECB E-learning portal within a few days (check junk/spam folders).  If you have accessed the e-learning portal before, you will not receive a login email and should be able to access the relevant safeguarding course within a few days, using your existing username and password.

Any volunteers needing to renew a previous safeguarding qualification, such as Safeguarding Young Cricketers, should be able to access the ECB e-learning portal ( Click or tap if you trust this link." data-auth="Verified" data-linkindex="6" data-ogsc="">Log in to the site | ECB Learning Portal) to update their safeguarding qualification.

Any issues with logging in or not receiving login details, contact ECB support direct on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, 10 January 2024 22:30

The 40 Over Cup draw was made at the NL Exec Meeting earlier tonight.

I have attached a graphic showing the results of the draw and the host of the final. Play Cricket has been updated to reflect this draw.

There are two phases to the draw and two teams will advance from phase one into phase two.



Phase One Round One - 19th May 2024

Phase One Round Two - 9th June 2024

Phase Two Quarter Finals - 14th July 2024

Phase Two Semi Finals - 11th August 2024

Final - 1st September 2024


The Winners of Group B (Blackpool/St Annes/Fleetwood) will host the final of the Twenty20 Tournament. if the winner is unable to host the winner of Group A will act as host. This draw was also conducted at the meeting tonight.



Monday, 08 January 2024 16:19

aoumpires edited

We will be running a club and panel umpire training workshop at Carnforth CC on Sunday 25 February 2024. Aimed at any new umpires who have completed the recently introduced ECB Umpires Course, it will provide additional information which Lancashire ACO believe all umpires need before umpiring in competitive league cricket. Existing club umpires may also attend as a refresher.

If you are interested in attending this course, which will require some pre course work, please email Rob Hales on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If there is sufficient demand we will consider having an additional course at BAC Preston in March so please note in your response the venue you would prefer but note their is no guarantee that the Preston course will take place as it will depend upon demand.

The cost of the course will be £20.

Friday, 05 January 2024 11:43


The 2024 League Fixtures have been released and published on Play Cricket.

The Northern Premier League will have 26 matchdays with each team playing 24 games due to the 13 team league.  The Additional four matchdays include three bank holiday mondays and Sunday 18th August.

The Palace Shield remains with 22 Matchdays on 22 Saturdays from 20th April.

All Leagues will conclude on the same day, September 14th.


Northern League Fixtures

Palace Shield Fixtures


Twenty20 and Cups will be confirmed in April.

The Sunday Competition will be finalised by the end of January.


Opening Day Fixtures for the Northern League and Palace Shield Premier Division




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Friday, 22 December 2023 09:31

Following the AGMs of the three competitions looking at setting up a pyramid, this is the current situation:

Carlisle have been elected to the NPL for season 2025. With the inclusion of Settle in 2024, this will take the NPL numbers to 14. Therefore, with the approved addition of up to 4 teams from the PS, this means there would be 18 places for a two division NPL for season 2025 so this can go ahead.

Ideally, we would like to have at least two more entries to bring the NPL total to 20 which is felt to give a better balance of teams in the two divisions.

With the approach of the new year, many clubs will now be looking at season 2024 and beyond so, if anyone is interested in joining our structure, this is the time to approach us. This may apply to clubs who feel they can compete in the NPL already or those who may feel more at home lower down the structure in the PS or WML. If anyone is interested, please contact one of the
competitions below:

Northern Premier League Alex Diver This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Palace Shield Dave Lever This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Westmorland League Tim Mansfield This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In addition to the above statement which will go out on social media, we also would like to affirm our position on the following as stated at the AGM:
Although the voting did give a strong position in favour of the northern PS teams moving to the WML, there was also a strong message from those directly involved that they were against the
idea. As a result, we propose that any club from the WML who finishes in a relegation position in Div 1 / 1A, should return to the WML. However, should this happen to a club who originates from the PS / NPL and wishes to remain in the PS, we will respect those wishes. Furthermore, those teams below this level in our current structure and who reside in the northern area, will be allowed to remain in the PS.



Friday, 22 December 2023 07:55



Lancashire ACO are running two scorers courses which may be of interest
to our clubs.

On 25 February a Club Scorers Course suitable for those new to scoring
or existing scorers who wish to improve their skills.

On 10 March a Level 2 Scorers Course aimed at existing scorers who wish
to progress to the next level or just improve their knowledge of scoring.

Full details and a booking link are on the Scorer's page of the
Lancashire ACO website

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