John Smith

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

Thursday, 11 June 2020 12:14

                                                          Update -

Dear all,

We have identified five steps for the recreational game’s proposed phased return in England this summer. England is currently in step 3 - which allows for small group training sessions of up to six people while respecting social distancing. The Welsh government are due to review current restrictions on 18 June, after which time we will provide further guidance.

As cricket is a non-contact sport that involves individual disciplines within a team environment, forms of the game can be played while respecting social distancing. We will continue to be led by UK government’s advice and will only move into step 4 when the guidance allows and when it is medically safe to do so.

Below you will find the roadmap and some FAQs. To view the roadmap in larger format please click here.

Return to Cricket FAQs

Do you think we’ll play club cricket again this year?

We have an absolute ambition to get cricket played as soon as it is safe to do so. Although social distancing is likely to be in place for the foreseeable future, cricket is a non-contact team sport with individual disciplines, as such, we are optimistic about getting cricket played this summer. The safety and wellbeing of the cricket family is our number one priority and that is why we are being led by government and medical advice at every point. Therefore, we will move to step 4 when it is safe to do so and supported by government and medical experts.

When do you think stage four will happen?

The Government have not yet published new guidance relating to sport since their update on May 30. We are not aware of a committed date to revise that, but their daily briefings continue to update widely on relaxing guidelines, should the status of COVID-19 continue to progress positively.  

Can ECB do more to get recreational cricket played?? You’ve managed to get International cricket back on?

It is hugely important that ECB do all we can to ensure recreational cricket played, as soon as it is safe to do so. Because the safety of the cricket family is our first priority, the decision to move into step four ‘adapted gameplay’ will be made when it is medically safe to do so. In addition, the environment for international cricket is significantly easier for us to control and easier for us to work with Government on achieving solutions to problems that COVID-19 posed. The numbers of people involved are significantly smaller and we were only talking about one or two venues.

Compare that to the English and Welsh sporting public, and the landscape is very different. Over 6,500 cricket clubs, thousands and thousands of players and spread across two countries.

The resumption of international cricket is vital for the funding of the game. The ECB is not-for-profit. Any money that flows into the organisation funds cricket somewhere. Either the England teams, grants and funding to cricket clubs, disability cricket, safeguarding checks, our charity partners – every part of the game has been financially impacted by COVID-19.

You mention a focus on junior cricket – what is that focus and how will you bring around the return of junior cricket first?

We know that for many clubs, a thriving junior section is critical to their long term, health and prosperity. A thriving junior section provides the players of the future, can inspire volunteers and plays a vital role in club finances. With schools returning on a limited basis, we are keen to explore with Government if cricket clubs can support more children (than guidance currently permits) to get active. As always, this plan will need government guidance and the advice of medical experts in delivery.

If I can sit in a pub garden with my mates from July 4, why can’t I play cricket?

The government has highlighted some top line plans for the hospitality sector. These plans will encompass detailed guidelines that will be available in the coming weeks. Once we have these, we will update our guidance as to what this means for recreational cricket club facilities. It is important to note that government guidance on the hospitality sector will not necessarily be replicated for community sport. Once the government has shared its next steps for community sport, we will update the guidance for recreational cricket accordingly. With that said, we are optimistic about getting cricket played this summer and we have an ambition to get the game on as soon as it is safe to do so.

When do you envision we’ll get to Stage five, i.e we’ll be playing club cricket normally?

Moving to stage five would involve the removal of social distancing measures, at this time, it is hard to see us getting to this stage this summer.

Are you concerned about how this summer has impacted the club game?

There is no question that COVID-19 has impacted all areas of society and community sport is not immune to this. The recreational game is critical to the long term health and prosperity of our game and so it is vital that we support the game through this unprecedented crisis. This is why we initially provided access to more than £20M in grants and loans for the recreational game and worked with local clubs to access a further £24M in government grants and loans. Mobilising the game to return and safely as possible is our next challenge. We have begun significant work to ensure all cricket stakeholders are involved in this consultation.

Why does it look like other sports are ahead of us in terms of the return to sport plans?

We are optimistic about a return to competitive cricket matches this summer. This will be conditional on it being safe to do so, a decision that will be medically led and in line with government advice. Although social distancing is likely to be in place for the foreseeable future, cricket is a non-contact team sport with individual disciplines. We believe this makes cricket uniquely placed as a team sport to be played sooner than other major team sports.


Thursday, 14 May 2020 11:23

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

Be alert 

Many thanks

Saturday, 04 April 2020 12:16

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 


Saturday, 28 March 2020 11:22


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.


Wednesday, 25 March 2020 11:33


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

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