John Smith

Tuesday, 02 February 2021 16:55
DON THORNTON - For the people in the village that knew Dad he sadly but peacefully passed away on Friday 22nd Jan aged 87.
His funeral takes place on Friday 5th Feb at Pleasington Crematorium.
Numbers at the Crem are very limited for obvious reasons so anyone that would like to pay their respects or give him a smile, wave or even a nod as he makes his final journey as a number of people have been asking please see the details below :-
The funeral cars will be leaving from home on Central Avenue at 10am and will turn onto Lydric Ave then Daub Hall Lane and onto Hoghton Lane past the Old Oak, Boars Head and then onto Pleasington.

Thanks to all from all the family for all the messages of condolence, sympathy and support, it really is very much appreciated.

Monday, 25 January 2021 16:52

Don's funeral will take place on Friday 5th February at 10.30am at Pleasington Crematorium

Family flowers only. Any donations to Cancer Research

Numbers are limited for obvious reasons, John Smith has been invited to represent the Competition and the wider cricketing family

Saturday, 23 January 2021 14:01

The Competition is saddened to hear of the death of former Umpire Don Thornton

Don was an excellent umpire and served both the Palace Shield and Bolton League panels with distinction.

Upon retirement, he became President of the Palace Shield Umpires and held the same office when the Umpires Association merged with the Northern League Umpires

Don was a strong-minded advocate for justice and passionately served Victim Support, Witness Service in the North West Crown Courts for many years.

In that role, he helped many victims and witnesses in many high profile trials.

His son Howard is also a well known Umpire in our region.

The competition sends its condolences to Don's wife Pat, Howard and their family & friends

Tuesday, 22 December 2020 11:35


The Competition is saddened to learn of the death of Terry Wison of Vernon Carus CC

Terry died suddenly yesterday in Hanoi, Vietnam where he was based teaching English

His sister Diane Tomlinson posted on Facebook yesterday but no details are known

Tex played a prominent role in the formation of Vernons before moving to Hanoi about 11 years ago

He came home each year and visited the club. He will be missed by his family, friends & students

RIP Terry

Wednesday, 28 October 2020 09:22

The Competition is saddened to hear of the death of Chris Clegg

Chris died peacefully on Wednesday 21st October, aged 86 years

Chris was a lovely man who always had a smile and time for people

Chris played a prominent role in  Lancashire Cricket being Secretary to Longridge CC

Prior to becoming the Palace Shield Umpires Secretary in the 1990s

He continued to umpire until 2004 and still attended to support the Umpires Meetings even after we merged with the Northern League Umpires

Dearly loved husband of Heather, and will be sadly missed by all his family & friends.
The funeral service will take place at Longridge Parish Church of St. Lawrence on Friday 6th November at 10.00 am, prior to committal at Preston Crematorium.
Attendance at both the Church and the crematorium are restricted, those wishing to pay their respects are welcome but please do adhere to current social distancing regulations.
Family flowers only please, donations if so desired to the Rosemere Cancer Foundation



Friday, 07 August 2020 18:20

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.


Monday, 27 July 2020 11:00

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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.

Wednesday, 15 July 2020 10:59


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


Tuesday, 14 July 2020 17:41

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

Saturday, 13 June 2020 17:06

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

RIP Chubby

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