As you are probably aware the government have announced further measures to contain the pandemic.
As far as we are aware this will not affect our cricket fixtures
It relates largely to community transmission mainly within families and the measures introduced are aimed at this.
Pubs, Restaurants, Shops all remain open.
Safety Regulations are in place to ensure that cricket may continue safely.
The Palace Shield is extremely pleased to announce the continued sponsorship of our Competition by Moore & Smalley
Moore and Smalley are a leading independent provider of accounting, business advisory and wealth management services. They have offices in Preston, Blackpool, Southport, Lancaster, Kendal, Kirkby Lonsdale, Manchester, Liverpool and East Midlands.
This will be the 28th year of support commencing in 1992 and we are extremely grateful.
The Competition would like teams to hold a Silence in Memory before Saturdays fixtures
This is in honour of Charlie Walsh former President of the Palace Shield & Penwortham CC
Len Hacket, former Chair of Lytham CC and various roles at South Shore CC and a panel umpire
Graham (Chubby) Lee former player with Morecambe CC & Torrishomle CC
John Boyle former Panel Umpire
There will be others who have lost their lives since the current pandemic
The Umpires should arrange a suitable Silence period before the games
Rob Hales is offering a Zoom meeting on Duckworth Lewis System to all Umpires who are not conversant with it
If you wish for further guidance on the calculation of revised scores in rain-affected games
This will take place on Friday 17th July at 3 pm
Contact Rob via his email address to book a place
It is with great sadness that the Competition reports the loss of Graham (Chubby) Lee.
Graham has been a stalwart of Lancashire cricket over many years
He was well known at Morecambe Cricket Club and Torrisholme Cricket Club.
Graham saw a left-arm slow bowler who took many many wickets in an illustrious career.
He was a fierce, competitor who let you know when he was bowling, he was also a gentleman off it.
Friends and colleagues from around the globe will be saddened by the news
Our condolences and thoughts are with his wife, family and all his cricketing friends
The Lancashire Cricket Foundation has advised of three break-ins to clubs in the area.
Please ensure where possible that your clubhouse & premises are secure as possible.
Please also ensure that your Insurance Policies are up to date
It is sad to advise that Panel Umpire John Boyle has passed away this week.
John was well known by many and a good friend of the Competition.
John had been suffering from Cancer.
He leaves his wife, Jean, to whom we pass our condolences.
Funeral attendance is limited at this time.
A memorial service will be held after the current pandemic has passed
Some good news...... The ECB have announced via the Government Department for Culture, Media and Sport that essential work on sports ground can continue providing the social distancing policy can be adhered to. This obviously comes as a huge relief to clubs and groundsmen that our squares and grounds will not take on a meadow appearance once we get through this pandemic.
The current situation with the global pandemic is well documented as well as changing on a daily basis. With all the measures in place, this puts a great strain on all of us and cricket will fall to the back of the queue. However, one day we do hope to be back playing.
In the meantime, we realise that all clubs will be facing financial issues. Whether big or small, each club will incur costs and face the prospect of little income in the coming months. Indeed, this crisis has arisen at precisely the worst time for most clubs who have bills to pay throughout the year but can only generate any income in the summer months - and if this does happen this year, it is likely to be much later in the summer.
Hopefully, clubs will already have begun to take steps to reduce costs and maintain what income they can. We have already taken steps such as holding back on fees and negotiating a deal with Readers so the competition will not be taking money off clubs until there is a definite date for play. However, if grounds are not maintained throughout the summer, they will not be fit for the resumption of play be it this season or next.
The competition has around £20000 in the development fund and we do not want to sit on this money and see clubs go to the wall. Equally, we cannot make an offer to all clubs as this would amount to a few hundred pounds each which may help no-one and use up all our reserves. However, if a club finds themselves in a position they cannot see their way out of, we are willing to work with the club, to try to help them follow initiatives elsewhere to keep them afloat and, if necessary, provide interest-free loans or other funds from the development fund.
We do not expect anyone to be in this position at the moment but, if in the next few months, something unexpected happens such as an unexpected invoice, breakdown of machinery or other major financial hits which puts the future of the club in danger, please let us know at the earliest opportunity so that we can see what we can do to help.
On behalf of The Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Executive