Alex Diver

Thursday, 10 June 2021 16:08


As an innovation this year, each week we will select a Colts of the Week team.
This will mirror the NL Team of the Week (TOTW) feature that we have been running for a number of years. 
The youngsters coming through are vital to the future prosperity of the game and this seems to be a good way of recognising the progress and development and celebrating their
Appearances in the eclectic Colts of the Week will earn a place in the end of season Colts DreamTeam

Colts of the Week
The Week 7 Team

Dan Wilson (C)

Longridge I

3 for 31 in the league against Fulwood & Broughton.  Then underlining his credentials as an emerging all-rounder, a blistering 59 not out from only 39 deliveries in the cup semi-final on Sunday. NPCL  

Will Beeden (WK)

Torrisholme I

Two victims for Will including a stumping off the bowling of seamer Charlie Parkinson. 

Alfie Dobson

Chorley I

An excellent 47 against Garstang in the semi-finals of the cup was instrumental in his side posting a challenging score.     NPCL

Ben Weaver

Leyland I

4 wickets against Morecambe fantastic effort in the face of an onslaught as the Morecambe run fest continues.  NPCL

Harry Birkman

St Annes I

11-4-37-3 opening the bowling against the win against Garstang.

Will Vause


Taking the new ball and returning 2 for 33 against Fulwood & Broughton. 

James Ellis


Taking the new ball grabbed two of the first three Vernon Carus wickets to fall in the table-top clash.

Josh Wills

Torrisholme I

33 not out and 2 for 29 with the new ball.

Charlie Parkinson

Torrisholme I

3 for 30 in 11 overs for Torrisholme’s young opening bowler. 

Corey Flintoff

St Annes II

22 plus 2 for 38 in 12 overs against Garstang. 

James Critchley

Leyland II

Made his first half-century of the season in Division 1 in a 100run partnership for the 4th wicket.



The Week 8 Team

Dan Wilson 

Longridge I

His 5 for 53 was surprisingly his first 5-wicket haul of the season in the league.  NPCL  

Josh Wills 

Torrisholme I

Followed a very good know-ck of 36 in the middle order, opened the bowling.  and produced a very tidy 7 over spell.  PS1

Charlie Parkinson

Torrisholme I

With no school game this week, Charlie was back opening the bowling. He took 2 wickets in his first spell and 3 more in his second to wrap the game up finishing with 5 for 28.   PS1

James Bowman

Netherfield I

A magnificent knock of 70 including 8 fours and 3 sixes, somehow kept his side in the game from a highly improbable position at mid-innings.      NPCL 

James Ellis

Penrith I

Consistently taking out top order wickets in his first spell to put his side in control of the game.   PS Prem.

Harry Birkman

St Annes I

His 4 for 13 went a long way towards helping his side to a victory.   NPCL

Summer Carrington

Leyland III

An undefeated 23 in the Leyland innings which in the context of the game was a crucial knock. Then opened the bowling and put together some very tidy figures of 8-2-23-1   PS3 

Ryan Birkman

St Annes II

Coming on first change with the opposition away to a decent start, Ryan captured the first three Great Eccleston wickets to get his side into the game.  PS1  

Jake Durnell

Longridge II

2 for 27 and included 5 maidens in his 12 over spell. For a very consistent performer. PS1. 

Ashton Charles

St Annes II

Coming in after his side lost a couple of early wickets, 15year-old Ashton held the St Annes innings together and kept his side in the run chase.     PS1

Anupam Tripathi

Fulwd&Br II

Has been opening the batting but this week got a chance with the ball and ca claimed 3 for 30 earning a first Colts of the Week  appearance of the season.            PS1

Thursday, 10 June 2021 16:05


Congratulations to Eccleston (U13) and Chorley (U15) who will represent the Palace Shield in the Lancashire Cup this season.

Both sides have performed well over the last two years and will do us proud in the competition, with the chance of national success if they do well.

The Winners of u11 finals day will represent us aswell.

Friday, 14 May 2021 11:28


Please see below for the latest from the ECB.  Please note, the changes come in from Monday so this weekend is on the usual basis and risk assessments etc will need to be updated from Monday.  Also, please note that although this notice mentions teas, the Palace Shield took the decision that we would not expect clubs to serve teas this season and players are still expected to provide their own nourishment during the game.


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Government Guidance 

With the positive news from the UK Government confirming England progressing to Step 3 from Monday 17th May, we have updated our guidance to reflect what these changes mean for organised outdoor cricket.  Whilst these changes come into effect from Monday 17th May, it is important to remember that clubs should be encouraged to move at their own pace and only move to the next steps if and when they feel ready to do so.


The main changes under Step 3 guidance are as follows:

·  On-field Activities: All on-field restrictions remain as previously communicated

·  Changing rooms: can open where it is safe to do so but social distancing and other mitigation measures must be observed, including restrictions on capacity limits.  (Signage can be found via resource hub.)

· Hospitality: Clubhouses and facilities that serve food and drink can open.  At Step 3, both indoor and outdoor hospitality will be permitted. The provision of food and beverage should be as per government guidance on hospitality settings.

· Teas: Teas can now by served at clubs where this can be done safely and in compliance with government guidance on hospitality settings.

·  Spectators: Spectators are permitted at both public and private venues. Spectators must observe social distancing and legal gathering size limits (groups of up to 30 outdoors).

·  Travel: You can leave your home to exercise and take part in informal and organised cricket. Car sharing is permitted at Step 3 for sport in accordance with the government guidance for safer travel.

We continue to work with colleagues in Wales as we await the Welsh Government Update expected on Friday 14th May.


Young Cricket Officials Courses

This year sees the launch of the delayed Young Cricket Officials course which is being run by County Cricket Boards for young people aged between 13 and 18 years old. These courses are the perfect entry level for young people who might be interested in scoring and umpiring games. If you would like to find out more about these courses for Young people at your club, please get in contact with your local CCB.


You can help the development of the young people that have attended these courses by giving them the opportunity to score and umpire in junior cricket within your club. Or if you are aware of any young people going on these courses, you might want to think about inviting them down to help with your Dynamos cricket sessions or your junior games. The scoring element is based on the Play Cricket Scorer App, so they might also be able to score some of your senior teams at weekend if appropriate. This is a great opportunity to engage some of your young members in a volunteering capacity within your club.


Inspired to Play

On Monday we announced the launch of the Inspired to Play Grant scheme, with the aim to increase the number of children (boys and girls) and/or women participating in the game by supporting the delivery of new/enhanced recreational cricket activity in England and Wales during the months of June - September 2021.

If you missed the email, you can find a copy of it here, including a link to the guidance notes that you will need to read before applying.

We have had an amazing response, with over a thousand applications coming in in the first 48hrs. There is still a chance to apply, and to help showcase the types of activity that the grant will be put towards, we are pleased to share four case studies of clubs who are successfully in the process of receiving their grant. We hope this can inspire you to think about how your club could benefit, and help to bring cricket to new audiences this summer.

Inspired to Play Case Studies -

Wednesday, 12 May 2021 21:38
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Only nine of the 43 games survived across the Palace Shield last Saturday with torrential downpours rendering many of our grounds unplayable. 
A mixed forecast for this weekend's fixtures but if the current blend of sunshine and showers continue we should see plenty of cricket played across the divisions, fingers crossed.
In the Premier Division, early pace setters Vernon Carus host Preston at Factory Lane and Bob Bridges' men will be confident up against a Preston side that are yet to register a victory from their first four games.
The fixture of the weekend sees 2nd placed Thornton Cleveleys take on Palace Shield new boys Penrith, who lie in 3rd place. 
It should be a good test for the two sides at Illawalla having both gained three wins from four and registered impressive victories along the way.
Into Division 1A and it's early days in the fight to gain promotion to the Premier Division with Rufford and Torrisholme occupying the promotion spots after the first four rounds of fixtures.
Top of the table Rufford travel to Standish on Saturday while 2nd placed Torrisholme host Euxton at Boundary Meadow.
Division 1B looks as competitive as ever this year with plenty of Northern League 2nd XI's leading the way with not much to separate Netherfield, Blackpool and Longridge 2s at the top. Undoubtedly the pick of the fixtures takes place at The Newsham Memorial Cricket Ground as Tom Wood's Longridge host 4th placed Chorley 2nd XI.
Division Two has seen Wrea Green 1st XI make a blistering start to the campaign and they host Penwortham 2nd XI at The Green on Saturday, whilst 2nd placed Vernon Carus 2nd XI make the short trip to West Cliff to play Preston 2nd XI.
"Best of the Rest"
In Division Five, two 1st XI's lock horns as Whittle Le Woods host Wyre at The Whittle Oval. The visitors
will travel full of confidence after knocking Division Two Longridge 3rd XI out of The Crabtree Cup on Sunday.
Wyre chased down an extremely competitive looking 254 when 15 year old Joe Rawcliffe smashed a six off the penultimate delivery of the match to see Wyre into the next round!
Best of luck to all teams this weekend and let's hope for some better weather.
Look out for the Weekend Review to follow early next week...


Wednesday, 12 May 2021 21:05


As an innovation this year we are going to select an eclectic team based on club performances of our youngsters as they make their mark in senior cricket.
This is something we have done at senior level for a few years with week- by- week appearances earning a place in the end of season DreamTeam.
This year we are going to do something similar for the U18s so that you can all get to know them and celebrate their success.

Here is the first three weeks

The Week 1 Team

Tom Aspinwall (C)

Kendal I

17 year-old from Sedbergh School took 5 for 15  v  Chorley in NPCL   

Benji Orr (WK)

Morecambe II

The promising 15year-old had a stumping and then made 26 not out  v St Annes II in PS1 

Harry Birkman 

St Annes I

Harry only turned 16 in March and is bowling with impressive pace.  Taking the new ball, he claimed 3 for 30 including the wickets of the Morecambe pro and Charlie Swarbrick. He had earlier made an undefeated 25 in the St Annes innings.  NPCL

Ewan Mansford

Flwd & Br I

The slow left-armer claimed 3 for 14 against Blackpool in NPCL

James Ellis

Penrith I

In the absence of Greg Hall, James has been given the responsibility of the new ball. Having picked up 2 for 44 against Gt Eccleston, he then made 23 with the bat.  PS Prem

Dan Golding

Rufford I

Made 29 not out against Grimsargh in PS1

Josh Wills

Torrisholme I

Made 41 not out and took 2 for 10 against Tarleton in PS1

Charlie Parkinson

Torrisholme I

14 years old.  Took the new ball and claimed 3 for 39 in 10 overs against Tarleton in PS

Reece Irving

Netherfield II

Made 57 not out opening the batting against Gt Eccleston II in PS1

Rocky Flintoff

St Annes II

13year- old Took 4 for 49 against Morecambe II in PS1

James Bowman

Netherfield I

A crucial 50-partnership for the 6th wicket with his skipper in a big run chase against Lancaster.   NPCL

The Week 2 Team

No fewer than four lads from our U15 squad make the team this week as they start to do some impressive things with bat and ball at senior level. 

With 5 slow bowlers is an indication of strength in depth and how tough the competition for places will be in our inter-league sides. 

Also, history is made this week as it is the first time two brothers have made the Colts of the Week team.  

If two brothers were going to make the team the money would probably have been on the Flintoffs but they have been beaten to it -  the Birkmans were the first.  

Dan Wilson (C)

Longridge I

A very good weekend with 4 for 49 in 15 overs on the Saturday followed by 3 for 33 in the cup on Sunday.  NPCL  

Will Beeden (WK)

Torrisholme I

2 victims (including a stumping), no byes and then made 41 batting at number 5.

Harry Birkman 

St Annes I

Makes the team for second consecutive week. Taking the new ball returned figures of 3 for 30 against Lancaster.  NPCL

Caleb Bradford

Longridge I

An U16 from the Yorkshire CCC pathway taking the step up to first team cricket this season. Starting to make his mark with wickets against Leyland in the league on the Saturday (NPCL) followed by a spell of 7-2-15-2 against Lancaster in the NPCL cup for the young SLA

James Ellis

Penrith I

James makes the team for the second consecutive week. Taking the new ball took 2 for 40 in 12 overs against Eccleston.  PS Prem.

Ryan Birkman 

St Annes II

Young slow bowler from our U15 squad claimed 4 wickets against a very experienced Kendal IIs side. PS1

Jake Durnell

Longridge II

U17 off-spinner who bagged 3 for 27 in 10 overs in his sides comfortable win over Gt Eccleston II.  PS1 

Paddy McWilliam 

Flwd & Br II 

Although a wicket-keeper as well Paddy earns a place this week for an outstanding innings of 79 opening batting for F&B II. His knock enabled his team to chase down a score of over 200 at Leyland.  PS 1

Joe Pearson


II & I

The 15year-old opened the batting for Garstang II and made an impressive 64 against Fleetwood (PS1).  Played in NPCL cup on Sunday and bowled a tidy spell of off-spin to emphasis his all-round ability. 

Alfie Dobson

Chorley I

Another from our U15 squad. Alfie made an undefeated 22 to help his side over the line in the NPCL cup on Sunday. 

Adam Ball


II & I

A good weekend for 15year-old Adam.  2 for 23 in a tidy spell against Fleetwood on the Saturday (PS1) was followed by 3 crucial wickets against Morecambe in the NPCL cup on Sunday. 

The Week 3 Team

As might be expected, the team is dominated by the U18 Inter-League squad.  Once more St Annes CC take the plaudits. Last week it was through the two Birkman brothers but this week three of their promising youngsters make the Colts of the Week team - two of them chalking up career bests in the Palace Shield first division so big congratulations to them. 

Really good to see another from the U15 squad force their way into the reckoning – this week it is St Annes 2s opener Ashton Charles.  

Dan Wilson (C)

Longridge I

Another 4 wickets on Saturday in the NPCL fixture against Garstang.  Followed this with more wickets in the cup on Sunday to help his side through to the semi-finals.  NPCL  

James Bradley (WK)

St Annes II 

A tidy day behind the stumps with a couple of victims and no byes.  Followed this with a very good half century opening the batting.  PS 1

Harry Birkman 

St Annes I

Makes the team for third consecutive week. Spearheading the attack is a lot to put on 16year-old shoulders but once again this weekend, Harry proved up to the task. A tidy new ball spell against Netherfield in the league was followed by wickets against Longridge in the cup.  NPCL

Caleb Bradford

Longridge I

Successive appearances now for Caleb.  Wickets in the league on Saturday was followed by 4 for 16 in the cup on Sunday for the young SLA.  NPCL 

James Ellis

Penrith I

Taking the new ball, James was once more in the wickets taking out the opposition numbers 1 & 3 batsmen and helping to put his team in control of the game. PS Prem.

Dylan Henshall

Blackpool II

Having a rare run out in the 2s, Dylan showed signs of finding some form with a dominant display against Leyland 2s.  His undefeated 61 saw his side through to a comfortable win.  PS1

Tom Aspinwall

Kendal I

Tom has been in the wickets this season but this week he batted three for Kendal and gave a reminder of his all-round talent.  NPCL 

Josh Wills

Torrisholme I

His 5 for 24 against New Longton underlines an excellent start to the season for Josh who is leading the Torrisholme attack.  PS1 

Kyle Costin

St Annes II

A PS1 career best 5 for 50 for the young opening bowler earns him a first appearance in Colts of the Week team. PS1. 

Louis Johnson

Chorley I

A very good day in the cup on Sunday for the all-rounder. Taking 3 for 17 with his left arm seam he then made 31 not out to see his side through to the cup semi-finals.  NPCL

Ashton Charles

St Annes II

A PS1 career best 44 for 15year-old opening bat earns him a first appearance in Colts of the Week team. PS1 

Wednesday, 05 May 2021 13:23


We are looking for interested parties to join our Comminications team, involving creating postsfor the website and social media.

We are looking for budding journalists to create content based on Weekend Previews and Reviews.


If you are interested please contact Alex via here

Wednesday, 05 May 2021 13:21


Full Cup Rules can be found here -


Rules to note


12 Eligibility of Players

Every player taking part in these competitions shall have been a registered for his club for not less than three days prior to the date of a match.

To be eligible to play in the semi-finals and finals of these Competitions they must have played a minimum of five and six games respectively for their club in the Palace Shield Competition in the current season.

A player who has played in a Senior League First XI in the current season, as defined in Competition Rule 17, shall not play in these Competitions, unless sanctioned at the discretion of the executive.

A player who has played for one club in the Meyler, Loxham or Crabtree Cups any season shall not, following proper transfer, as laid down under Rule 15a, play during that season in any of these Competitions for any other club.

To be eligible for second or third team games, a player cannot have played more games for higher teams than the team they are selected for without prior approval from the executive.

This rule shall not apply if the club's First XI is engaged in the Meyler Cup, the Lancashire, National Village or National Club Knock-out Competition the same day as a Loxham or Crabtree Cup match.

Any infringement of the rules on eligibility, or of the registration requirements under the entirety of Competition Rules 15 - 17 will be penalised at the discretion of the executive.

Bowl Out Arrangements

Should no result be achieved by playing a match within the cup rules, on the second occasion, the match shall be decided by a bowl out. The umpires shall be in sole charge of the bowl out in consultation with the captains.

The bowl out shall take place on a suitable 22 yard pitch on the main square or on a practice area and artificial pitches shall be allowed. One umpire shall stand at the bowler's end to judge for no balls and the other at the striker's end to judge for the bounce.

Each player in either team shall take turns to bowl overarm at the stumps with no second attempt allowed. Full tosses shall not be allowed and the team with the most hits shall be declared the winner. Should the scores still be level, then the bowl out should continue with players allowed a second bowl in a 'sudden death' format.

Should the weather conditions be so extreme that a bowl out cannot take place, the result shall be decided by the toss of a coin.

Sunday, 11 April 2021 13:57


Please find attached some additional notes with regards to matchday. 
These are over and above the ECB regulations and specifically apply to Palace Shield games.

Please ensure you complete risk assessments and also let your visitors know any specifics for their arrival especially - e.g. where to park.

There is an inter-league meeting on Monday so, hopefully, there will be some clarity by then and we can hopefully give another update during the week.


This document should be read in conjunction with the latest guidance from the ECB / LCF / ACO.

1. Scorers

As part of their matchday risk assessment, clubs must consider the facilities for the scorers.  If the home club is unable to provide a sheltered, COVID-safe position for the visitor’s scorer to be seated near to the home scorer, this should be covered in the risk assessment and that message conveyed to the visiting side prior to the game.  If that is the case, the home club must ensure that their scorer is capable of managing the scorebook and scorebox alone or with the help of others from their own household.  The visiting side may still wish to provide a scorer but they will have to operate under the constraints identified by the home side.  The provision of a scorer is not mandatory for the visitors in this case but, if they do not provide a scorer, they must provide someone to stay in the vicinity of the home scorer so that they can relate details such as player’s names etc to the home scorer.  This person can be changed during the game but, if no-one is provided or there is only someone available for part of the game, this will be considered as failing to provide a scorer and meet with potential penalties.

Just to remind everyone, the penalty for failing to provide a scorer is a one point deduction for each game that this happens but the penalty only comes in on the fourth occasion.  So, there is no penalty for up to 3 cases of failing to provide a scorer but the 4th time would result in a 4 point penalty.

2. Umpires

Team Cards (ECB version now introduced) both sides should be completed and handed to the umpire prior to the toss together with an envelope containing their £45 expenses.  Umpires may ask you to enable them to photograph or copy the details from the Team Cards rather than take possession.

3. Ball Cleaning

Captains are reminded they must use a microbial cloth to clean the ball. These cloths are now readily available at all supermarkets. They MUST NOT use hand sanitiser.


Latest LCF Update

Good morning everyone,


Ahead of the move to Step 2 of the Government Roadmap on April 12th, ECB have updated their playing guidance for recreational cricket. This guidance can be found in the weekly bulletin for clubs and leagues (to be published this morning).

What has changed under Step 2 (12th April)?


The activities permissible through organised outdoor cricket activity remain the same and therefore existing playing guidance should be followed.
The main changes for cricket relate to outdoor hospitality, which is now permissible subject to following government guidance.

Whilst spectators are still not permissible, ECB have updated their FAQ’s to explain the exemptions for parents, guests/patrons using your venue for hospitality purposes and what this means if your ground is located within a public open space.


Please ensure you read the FAQ’s and full guidance carefully and communicate appropriately to your clubs so they can update any risk assessments as appropriate.


It should be noted that the ‘no spectator’ rule has been set by government(DCMS) for all recreational sport, and a further review is due ahead of Step 3 of the roadmap on May 17th.


Clubs should continue to monitor the ECB Covid-19 webpage for further information.




James Cutt | Leagues & Teams Manager

Friday, 02 April 2021 10:50


Please find the Cup Draws in full.



Preliminary Round to take place Sunday 9th May

First Round to take place Sunday 6th June

Wednesday, 31 March 2021 09:37

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The Serbian Cricket Federation is looking at recruiting players of Serbian/Yugoslavian descent, aged between 16-30, who would be keen to represent them in future tournaments, including the ICC World Cup Qualifiers this summer.

In order to be eligible, players must have either a parent or a grandparent born in Serbia or Yugoslavia. 

If anyone believes that they might be eligible, please contact Nathan Bradley directly on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to express interest.

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