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