Alex Diver

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 16:55

2019da burclari neler bekliyor

Please find attached the dates of the meetings etc for next season.   
Please note it is the Management Meetings, AGM and SGM / pre-season meetings that all clubs need to attend with the next being the Special General Meeting and Pre-season meeting on Mon 8th Aril at 7.30 and at BAC/EE Preston which is a change from previous years.

Wed 9th Jan Executive Meeting F&B
Mon 4th Feb Management Meeting BAC
Mon 4th March Executive Meeting F&B
Mon 8th Apr Pre-season meeting / SGM BAC
Sat 20th Apr First fixtures
Wed 8th May Executive Meeting F&B
Mon 20th May Management Meeting BAC
Wed 5th Jun Executive Meeting F&B
Mon 24th Jun Management Meeting BAC
Wed 24th Jul Executive Meeting F&B
Wed 31st Jul Palace Shield U21 v MCC
Mon 19th Aug Management Meeting BAC
Sat 14th Sep Last Fixtures
Wed 18th Sep Executive Meeting F&B
Mon 21st Oct Management Meeting BAC
Fri 8th Nov Dinner
Mon 9th Dec AGM BAC

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 16:49

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They are two sports that are not frequently considered together, but cricket and poker have many similarities. They both have centuries old histories, and both saw global growth during the 19th and 20th centuries. Both sports have an element of class and sophistication, with cricket conjuring up images of tea breaks, whilst poker has strong associations with the glamorous casinos of Las Vegas, Macao and Monaco. The similarities don’t end here, below are examples of some others.


Focus on the Process

Poker players will know that sometimes you’ll be dealt a bad hand of cards; good players will understand that how they handle bad hands is just as important as their approach to good hands. Skilled poker players know that their goal is continually make the best decisions under the circumstances, without too much concern for a single hand.


This is similar in cricket, a batsman must make decisions on how aggressive to play to achieve the best outcome. An aggressive approach prevents the bowlers from finding a rhythm, and could decide the game in his team's favour. Conversely, this approach could also give away too many wickets, and result in his team losing the game. Ultimately the player must make the decision based on what he believes to be the most probable outcome, given what he knows about his own performance and his opponents'.


It's a Marathon Not a Sprint

Cricket matches can last a long time, and so can poker games. It is important for players of both games to ensure that they remain focused, and realise that one bad hand, or one bad hit, is not the end of the game. Sports like football and rugby may have matches that last for less than two hours, but a cricket match is generally played over three to five days (yes, days). Although a poker tournament might be shorter at five to seven hours, this is a significant time to maintain high levels of concentration.


This concentration is important; poker players must make many strategic decisions and good players will fold many more times than they play a hand, understanding when to bluff and doing it well. A bowler in cricket must also make strategic decisions, understanding the type of batter he is facing and changing his bowling technique accordingly. It’s therefore vital for both cricket and poker players to ensure they pace themselves, and settle in for the long haul. Without this mental and physical stamina, no level of skill will be able to compensate for the inability to perform for the whole game.


Good Sportsmanship

Unlike some sports where trash talking or displays of aggression may be seen as the norm, respect is an important part of both cricket and poker. Whether it be respect for the rules, fellow players, the dealer (in poker) or the umpire (in cricket), these are vital parts of both games.


No person or team can win every game or match, therefore grace and respect in victory and defeat are important too. Good poker and cricket players will always shake hands after a game as it’s a sign of good sportsmanship and respect. Of course this does not mean friendly rivalry can’t develop between teams and players, and certainly in poker, players will spend a lot of time bluffing and reading each other’s body language.


Skill and Practice

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There is an old saying that it takes 10,000 hours to perfect a skill, although this has mostly been debunked by modern research. However, the underlying message remains true: “practice makes perfect”. This is certainly the case for both cricket and poker, both are games of skill that can be easy to learn, but difficult to master. In cricket it may be possible to bowl to a reasonable level of skill after a short period of practice, but a strong understanding of the intricacies of different bounces, spin and speeds will take many years to develop.


There are certainly many differences between poker and cricket; the latter is certainly more physically demanding. Despite their differences, they are similar in many areas too. This includes the necessity for players to be strategic in their approach to the game, with a focus on the long game. Both sports also have long running times; poker tournaments can take up as many as seven hours, whilst a cricket match could run for as long as 5 days. Whilst the technical skills may not be directly transferable, the underlying principles of sportsmanship, longevity and practice are certainly common themes in both games.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 13:57
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I’m pleased to confirm that the Lancashire Cricket Foundation will once again be running the Vitality U19 Club T20 Competition in 2019.
We would now like to invite clubs to formally apply to take part in the 2019 Competition by filling in the attached entry form returning to Katrina Lees at Emirates Old Trafford with a cheque for £50 arriving no later than 17th March.
If your club don’t have enough players of your own, but want to enter the competition please contact me, as we are currently in conversations with ECB about the option of clubs merging to create teams, therefore allowing players to take part in the U19 Club T20 Competition rather than miss out.
See link for more information – along with the 2018 Rules for consideration. Whilst we always encourage clubs to embrace the full T20 Blast Experience, to help with player retention, I must stress that they are optional and shouldn’t put anyone off entering the competition.
If you have any further queries, please let me know?
James Cutt | Club & Community Cricket Manager
Lancashire Cricket Foundation
Emirates Old Trafford, Talbot Road, Manchester, M16 0PX
Friday, 25 January 2019 10:56

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The draw has been made for the Royal London Club Championship.

Blackpool - Bye

Leyland vs Lostock

Furness vs Lancaster

Longridge vs Fleetwood

St Annes vs Spring View

Fulwood & broughton vs Highfield

Horwich vs Lytham

Chorley vs Westhoughton


The full draw is:-

Group 1 Group 5 Group 9 Group 13
Group 2 Group 6 Group 10 Group 14
Group 3 Group 7 Group 11 Group 15
Group 4 Group 8 Group 12 Group 16


 round date wet weather date
 First Sunday April 28th Sunday May 5th
 Second Sunday May 12th Sunday May 19th
 Third Sunday June 9th Sunday June 16th
 Fourth (group finals) Sunday June 30th Sunday July 7th
 Fifth Sunday July 21st Sunday August 4th
 Quarter finals Sunday August 11th Sunday August 18th/25th
 Semi finals Sunday September 1st Sunday September 8th
 Final at Lord's Monday September 16th Sunday September 22nd
Friday, 25 January 2019 10:54

Lady Taverners

Entries now being taken for National Lady Taverners Girls Club U13 & U15 T20 Competition (8 a side), please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details, closing date 15th February

Friday, 25 January 2019 10:07

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With the 2019 IPL season only weeks away, can the Chennai Super King retain their crown. They will meet a familiar foe in the Hyderabad Sunrisers on March 29 th in the M.A Chidambaram Check Stadium,
Tamil Nadu. Hyderabad Sunrisers who they beat in last season final by 8 wickets will look to get one over on Chennai early on in this year's IPL. The 8-wicket score does not reflect how close the two team where on the day. But Hyderabad Sunrisers come into this season as the betting favorite ahead of Chennai Super Kings. The final will take place on May 12 th at the Wankhede Stadium Mumbai where all teams will hope they

will become the end of the IPL season.

The Top 5
Defending champions Chennai Super Kings are current 9/2 2 nd favorites with the team they beat in the final Hyderabad Sunrisers are 4/1 to go one step further then last season.
Mumbai Indians are in at 5/1 and will be out to claim their title back after giving it up last season in what some will say without much of a fight. Kolkata Knight Riders are 11/2 to get their name on the IPL trophy. Royal Challengers Bangalore are also in at 11/2 to be crowned 2019 champions.
 Hyderabad Sunrisers 9/2
 Chennai Super Kings 5/1
 Mumbai Indians 5/1
 Kolkata Knight Rider 11/2
 Royal Challengers Bangalore 11/2

Big Auction Signings

Rajasthan Royal forked out £940,000 on Indian bowler Jaydeu Unadkat to add that bit more to their attack.
Kings XI Punjab splashed out £940,000 on top Indian all-rounder Varun Chakravarthy, along with England’s all-rounder Sam Curren for £800,000.
South African batsman Colin Ingram was snapped up by Delhi Capitals for no less than £715,000 in the aim for him to bring his magic to Delhi.
30-year-old West Indian all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite is on his way to Kings Raiders for £560,000.
Some of top names went unsold at this seasons auction, with the likes of English batsman Alex Hales, Sri Lankan all-rounder Anglo Mathews and Australian bowler James Patterson going unsold.
After it was confirmed that Colin Ingram was on his way to Delhi Capitals, he put out a video on his Twitter account “The hype and buzz around cricket in India its fantastic and it's going to be great to be part of it.”

“As for the Deli Capitals its look like a bunch of exciting players and I am looking forward to joining up
with them and putting our best foot forward next season”
Carlos Brathwaite also displayed his delight of joining up with King Raiders by saying “I have heard a lot of really positive about the Knight Raiders family and I am honored and excited to now be a part of their successful franchise in the IPL

After everything considered I think this could be the year we see a back to back winners of the IPL with Chennai Super Kings. With the spine of the team being more or less the same as the team that won the 2018 IPL, I think it is all there for them to be the first back to back champions.
So, Chennai Super Kings are my pick ay 5/1.
You can check out more cricket previews on


Friday, 11 January 2019 10:57


To all reps and junior coaches

An urgent junior meeting has been arranged to discuss and agree on the way forward with the suggested ECB format changes for U9s to U11s for 2019.
At the last meeting it was suggested that we set up a sub committee to take the proposals forward; since the meeting there have been changes with the ECB now wanting changes at U13s and U15s as well which would also mean changes to our U12s and U14s competitions.
Therefore all clubs are invited to the meeting which is Weds 16th January at Fulwood and Broughton CC starting at 7.30pm. 
The only item to be discussed and voted upon will be the suggested format changes.
As the proposals are radically different from how we currently play the game all coaches are also invited along to the meeting.

Suggested changes are:
U9s softball                       6 a side. 12 overs each innings. on a 15 yard pitch.      Batters bat in pairs 4 overs a pair. 
U10s and U11s softball       8 a side  16 overs each innings  on a 17 yard pitch        batters retire on reaching 25 runs and have 2 lives each. Max 6 balls in the over except for the last over of the innings
U10s and U11s hardball   8 a side   all details same as for the softball
U9s, U10s and U11s  all overs to be bowled from the same end
U12s                                 18 yard pitch
U13s                                 19 yard pitch
U14s and U15                   21 yard pitch   
Suggested formats for U12s to U15s still to be notified.
How do the suggested changes differ from what we currently have ?
U9s will be same as the format as we held this year.
U10s and U11s  we currently play 10 a side on an 18 yard pitch batting in pairs 4 overs a pair. max 9 balls in over except for final.
U12s and U13s we currently use 21 yard pitches.
U14s and U15s we currently use 22 yard pitches.
If any coach(es) have any point(s) that they would like to be raised and discussed but cannot make the meeting, please advise your club rep or you can forward details onto me directly.
Please make every effort to attend the meeting. The discussions and any subsequent voting will determine how the PS Juniors go forward with these ECB proposals.
Mark Myers
Wednesday, 09 January 2019 23:09


As part of our continuing correspondence on the subject of Managed Migration, the most recent communication was on 09 October 2018, I am able to advise you of the latest position. 

On 11 December the Home Office published its 'Statement of Changes' to the Immigration Rules. A link to the document below.


This policy will come into effect from 10 January 2019, and will affect all visas applied for and issued after that date. Those issued prior will need to adhere to the immigration policy that was in place at time of issue.


The headline changes are that the Professional Sportsperson definition has been amended regarding the introduction of time lapse provisions. To see the full definition please see page 4 & 5 of the 'Statement of Changes' document.


In brief, a person can revert to “amateur”,  if they have not:  


  • Been registered to a Professional or Semi Professional team, including an academy and development age groups, within the last 4 years.
  • Represented a Nation or National team, including all youth and development age groups from U17 upwards, within the last two years.
  • Engaged an agent or representative with the aim of finding opportunities as a sportsperson, and/or developing a current or future career as a sportsperson, within the last 12 months.
  • Received payment, including payment in kind for playing or coaching that is covering all, or the majority of their costs for travelling to, and living in the UK, or who has not done so within the last 4 years.


An addition to the definition is to include those who have an established International reputation in their chose field of sport. For example, those who only play T20 in the Big Bash & IPL and who do not play any other type of cricket. Will be classified as a Professional Sportsperson.

The Governing Body Endorsement criteria for the player/coach or coach only for the 2019 season is now on-line and found here.


The ECB is not registered to give advice on immigration. Information on aspects of immigration policy and law can be found on the Home Office website

It is essential for clubs to comply with the published Visa policy and clubs receiving non-EEA migrants must abide by these rules.

The policy is written for all sports. It is not cricket specific.

A professional/semi-professional outfit in cricket is a team that has first-class status even if the matches in which the individual plays are not classified as first-class. Including U17 and above and Academy matches. 

An updated Overview document can be downloaded here.

Wednesday, 09 January 2019 22:58

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At the 2018 AGM, Bretherton CC were elected as members of the Moore & Smalley SE+ Palace Shield.

They join the league in 2019 ending a 93 year spell in the Southport and District League.

They will join Division Six for 2019 and hope to move up the leagues over the coming seasons.

Their homeground is opposite the popular Blue Anchor Inn pub located in the lovely village of Bretherton, Lancashire.

You can find out more information via their Social Media Channels or

Wednesday, 09 January 2019 22:51

2019da burclari neler bekliyor

The 2019 Fixtures have been released to clubs and are being populated onto Play-Cricket this week.

As per the AGM, The Cup Draws will take place on April 8th at the Pre-Season Meeting. This Draw will be streamed Live on the Internet.


Premier Division Opening Games

April 20th    
Eccleston v New Longton
Fylde v Morecambe
Lancaster v Great Eccleston
Penwortham v Croston
Standish v Preston
Vernon Carus v South Shore



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