29 July 2021 Read 338 times


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11am - Longridge Cricket v Preston Cricket Club

2pm - Euxton Cricket Club v Fulwood and Broughton Cricket Club

5pm - ? FINAL ?

Hosted by Great Eccleston CC. ?
A great day for all the family and a full day of cricket to be enjoyed.
All welcome

Please see below from our hosts

General restrictions

Before setting off, please familiarise yourself with current and ECB and Palace Shield guidance (available on their websites).

Please follow the latest UK Government travel guidance.

Please bring your own sanitiser to the ground and use before you come onto club premises and regularly throughout your visit. Hand sanitiser dispeners will also be available at the entrances and exits to the Clubhouse and in front of the changing rooms.

Please DO NOT attend if you or anyone in your household is displaying covid symptoms or your household is currently in isolation.

Car Parking/Arrival

No parking at the ground apart from disabled drop off and pick up.

Palace Shield officials, umpires, players and spectators from Longridge CC, Preston CC, Euxton CC and Fulwood and Broughton CC are requested to park in the Scouts’ car park and the adjacent field, (just passed the entrance to the ground when travelling along Hall Lane from Great Eccleston Village)

The Car Park at St Mary’s Catholic Church off Hall Lane (towards the centre of the village, about 100 yards from the ground entrance) will be available as for overflow parking, if necessary.

Great Eccleston CC members, volunteers and spectators are requested to park in the public parking bays on the Thorne Meadow Estate (accessed from Copp Lane and Dovecote Drive).


Spectators are requested to maintain sensible social distancing whenever possible and to keep away from areas designated for players and officials.

Clubhouse and Bar 

The Bar in the Clubhouse will be open, but access will be limited to a maximum of 30 at any one time, there will be no inside seating and drinks should be consumed outside.

Spectators will be able to use the toilets in the Clubhouse and will be cleaned and sanitised regularly.

Although no longer mandatory, visitors entering the Clubhouse are asked to wear a mask, to use the designated entrances and exits and to follow the separate queuing directions for the bar and toilets.

Visitors will be able to purchase burgers and hot dogs from the BBQ, adjacent to the Clubhouse (a queuing system will be signposted)

Changing Rooms and designated players seating areas

Players will be able to use the changing rooms immediately before and after each innings and when preparing to bat, but all participants are requested to arrive changed and ready to play if possible and should minimise the time spent inside. Windows and doors should be kept open whenever possible to allow ventilation. The changing rooms will be cleaned and surface areas will be sanitised between matches.

Showers can be used, but with a maximum of 2 players at any one time.

A gazebo to the right of the changing rooms will be allocated for each of the teams in the second semi-final, for players to assemble and put their bags whilst waiting for the changing rooms to be vacated and cleaned after the first semi-final.

The winners of the first semi-final will have to remove all their kit and belongings from the changing room after the game. They will be able to use one of the gazebos whilst the second semi-final is taking place. 

The losers of the first semi-final are requested to remove their kit from the changing rooms and return it to their cars as soon after the game as possible.

Nets/pre-match preparations

The nets will not be available for practice at any time during the day.

Teams should warm up on separate sides of the ground.

During the match

All players are required to comply with the Palace Shield Playing Conditions and current ECB Covid Guidance.

Rain interruptions

In the event of rain, players should not mix with players from other teams and should shelter, on the changing room balcony, in one of the gazebos or in their own cars.

Covers will be put on and taken off by GECC volunteers.


A table and chairs will be set up for scorers in a gazebo just to the left of the scoreboard.


Umpires will be able to use the umpires changing room if they wish, but they are requested only to enter one at a time.


Unfortunately, due to ongoing covid safety measures restricting space in the Clubhouse and the kitchen, on this occasion normal cricket teas cannot be provided to players, umpires, scorers or League officials. Instead, complementary tickets for the BBQ will be issued. (Separate arrangements can be made for the provision of halal food if requested in advance). 

P.A. Announcements 

 The PA system will be located and announcements will be made from a gazebo to the left of the scoreboard (Will Procter will be MC).

Ball and rubbish collectors 

Spectators are requested not to touch the match ball. 

Volunteers from GECC will collect balls hit out of the ground and collect bottles/rubbish periodically.

After match presentation

Presentations will take place on the outfield after the final.

Contacts/Matchday Managers: 

David Walker (Tel: 07767 046507), Roy Saunders (Tel: 07845 940322), Eddie Thistlethwaite (Tel: 07946 218485) 

27 July 2021


The Palace Shield and Northern League have entered sides at four age groups for the 2021 Interleague Programme.
We must thank the coaches who have volunteered to run these teams and gone through selection and trials process. If anyone else would like to support please contact Alex or Dave Hopkinson.

Under 18s

We have one team in this competition.

We have played 3 games so far, winning all three, and have two fixtures remaining.

Competition Site

31st May - NPS beat Bolton League by 180 runs

13th June - NPS beat GMCL by 6 Wickets

13th July - NPS beat Liverpool Comp by 8 Wickets

8th August - NPS vs Wigan & District League @ Blackpool CC

30th August - Lancashire League vs NPS @ Rochdale CC


Under 15s

We have two sides at Under 15s with squads primarily selected on a North/South Basis.

Fixtures - 10.45 start

27th July - Friendly vs Cumbria U15s @ Torrisholme CC

4th August - NPS South vs Bolton League @ Garstang CC

5th August - Lancashire League vs NPS North @ Clitheroe CC

11th August - NPS North vs Ribblesdale League @ Eccleston CC

12th August - NPS South vs Lancashire League @ Garstang CC

17th August - Bolton League vs NPS North @ Atherton CC

24th August - Ribblesdale League vs NPS South - Whalley CC

1st September - NPS North vs NPS South - Garstang CC


Under 13s

Again we have two teams, Selected by Abi Bates and her coaching staff.

NPS North

10th August - Bolton League vs NPS North @ Lostock CC

17th August - NPS North Vs NPS South @ Longridge CC

26th August - NPS North vs GMCL @ Lytham CC

31st August - Lancashire League vs NPS North @ Rishton CC

NPS South

3rd August - NPS South vs Bolton League @ Leyland CC

9th August - GMCL vs NPS South @ TBC

17th August - NPS North vs NPS South @ Longridge CC

24th August - NPS South vs Lancashire League @ Eccleston CC


Under 11s

The under 11s squad is in its finalisation phase along with the dates of fixtures.

Monday 2nd August - NPS South vs Lancashire League @ Penwortham

4th August - NPS North vs Bolton League @ Thornton Cleveleys

11th August - Lancashire League vs NPS North @ TBC

16th August - Liverpool Comp vs NPS South @ Bootle

20th August - Westmoreland League vs NPS @ Morecambe

27th August - NPS South vs Wigan League @ Fylde 
27th August - NPS North vs GMCL @ Penwortham 



27 July 2021


BAC/EE Preston Cricket Club are celebrating their centenary with a week long cricket festival from the 01 August to 06 August at the Riverside Ground.

Proceedings actually start on Saturday 31st July with a reunion night for all current and ex-players, family members and supporters in the clubhouse from 7:30pm.  The Festival Fixtures are as follows:

Sun 01 Aug: BAC/EE Preston X1 v Ex-BAC/EE Preston President’s X1 (40 overs - 2pm start)

Mon 02 Aug: BAC/EE Preston X1 v Ex-BAC/EE Preston Chairman’s X1 (40 overs - 2pm start)

Tue 03 Aug: BAC/EE Preston v Leyland (40 overs - 2pm start)

Wed 04 Aug: BAC/EE Preston v Penwortham (40 overs - 2pm start)

Thur 05 Aug: Twenty-20 Competition involving BAC/EE Preston, Kirkham, Ingol and NHS Lancashire Teaching Hospitals. 1st Semi-final (10:30am), 2nd Semi-final (2:30pm), Final (6:15pm)

Fri 06 Aug: BAC/EE Preston v Fulwood & Broughton (20 overs – 12 Noon start); PNE FC Legends v BAC/EE Preston (25 overs – 5pm start)

From Monday to Wednesday (10:30am-12 Noon) we are also staging 3 free coaching sessions for children with Kwik cricket matches. To register and for  further information on these sessions please contact Rob Walmsley on 07712 580708.

There will centenary ales, a gin and cocktail bar with a BBQ and other refreshments available from 12 Noon throughout the cricket festival week.

All current and ex-Palace Shield players, members and supporters are welcome to join us down at the Riverside.

Carl Hayes

BAC/EE Preston CC Centenary Co-ordinator

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Supersports T20 Finals Day Div2

This was held on Sunday 25 th July at Netherfield Cricket Club.

Winners were Torriesholme beating Netherfield in the final Torriesholme scored 176 for 4 in their 20 overs but Netherfield scored 131 for 8 in reply.

Will Beedon Torriesholme wicket keeper was awarded the player of the day scoring 47 in the second semi-final win against Blackpool and then 50 not out in the final.

Other players who were considered for the award were Daniel Woods of Torriesholme who scored 68 in the final and Dan Bernett of Netherfield who scored 85 not out as Netherfield defeated Grimsargh in the first semi-final and then 32 in the final.

Thanks to Netherfield for excellently hosting the day which was well supported.

Thank you to Supersports for their ongoing support of the Twenty20 Competition.

Semi Final - Netherfield vs Grimsargh
Semi Final - Blackpool vs Torrisholme
Final - Netherfield vs Torrisholme


26 July 2021

Palace Shield Under 11’s Final


The final of the under 11’s competition took place between Leyland and Lytham at Leyland on Wednesday 21st July

The game was an excellent testament to the quality of these young teams and their coaches

A very good crowd was kept enthralled as these young boys & girls traded blows to great support

Leyland batted first and scored 85 for 7 producing a net score of 250

Under coaches Mark Sutch & Abi Bates

Lytham replied by scoring 96 for 8 producing a net score of 256

The Lytham coaches were Dave Tanner & Lee Topping

The game was superbly umpired by Fylde’s finest Graham Lawton


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