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25 January 2019

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The draw has been made for the Royal London Club Championship.

Blackpool - Bye

Leyland vs Lostock

Furness vs Lancaster

Longridge vs Fleetwood

St Annes vs Spring View

Fulwood & broughton vs Highfield

Horwich vs Lytham

Chorley vs Westhoughton


The full draw is:-

Group 1 Group 5 Group 9 Group 13
Group 2 Group 6 Group 10 Group 14
Group 3 Group 7 Group 11 Group 15
Group 4 Group 8 Group 12 Group 16


 round date wet weather date
 First Sunday April 28th Sunday May 5th
 Second Sunday May 12th Sunday May 19th
 Third Sunday June 9th Sunday June 16th
 Fourth (group finals) Sunday June 30th Sunday July 7th
 Fifth Sunday July 21st Sunday August 4th
 Quarter finals Sunday August 11th Sunday August 18th/25th
 Semi finals Sunday September 1st Sunday September 8th
 Final at Lord's Monday September 16th Sunday September 22nd
25 January 2019

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With the 2019 IPL season only weeks away, can the Chennai Super King retain their crown. They will meet a familiar foe in the Hyderabad Sunrisers on March 29 th in the M.A Chidambaram Check Stadium,
Tamil Nadu. Hyderabad Sunrisers who they beat in last season final by 8 wickets will look to get one over on Chennai early on in this year's IPL. The 8-wicket score does not reflect how close the two team where on the day. But Hyderabad Sunrisers come into this season as the betting favorite ahead of Chennai Super Kings. The final will take place on May 12 th at the Wankhede Stadium Mumbai where all teams will hope they

will become the end of the IPL season.

The Top 5
Defending champions Chennai Super Kings are current 9/2 2 nd favorites with the team they beat in the final Hyderabad Sunrisers are 4/1 to go one step further then last season.
Mumbai Indians are in at 5/1 and will be out to claim their title back after giving it up last season in what some will say without much of a fight. Kolkata Knight Riders are 11/2 to get their name on the IPL trophy. Royal Challengers Bangalore are also in at 11/2 to be crowned 2019 champions.
 Hyderabad Sunrisers 9/2
 Chennai Super Kings 5/1
 Mumbai Indians 5/1
 Kolkata Knight Rider 11/2
 Royal Challengers Bangalore 11/2

Big Auction Signings

Rajasthan Royal forked out £940,000 on Indian bowler Jaydeu Unadkat to add that bit more to their attack.
Kings XI Punjab splashed out £940,000 on top Indian all-rounder Varun Chakravarthy, along with England’s all-rounder Sam Curren for £800,000.
South African batsman Colin Ingram was snapped up by Delhi Capitals for no less than £715,000 in the aim for him to bring his magic to Delhi.
30-year-old West Indian all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite is on his way to Kings Raiders for £560,000.
Some of top names went unsold at this seasons auction, with the likes of English batsman Alex Hales, Sri Lankan all-rounder Anglo Mathews and Australian bowler James Patterson going unsold.
After it was confirmed that Colin Ingram was on his way to Delhi Capitals, he put out a video on his Twitter account “The hype and buzz around cricket in India its fantastic and it's going to be great to be part of it.”

“As for the Deli Capitals its look like a bunch of exciting players and I am looking forward to joining up
with them and putting our best foot forward next season”
Carlos Brathwaite also displayed his delight of joining up with King Raiders by saying “I have heard a lot of really positive about the Knight Raiders family and I am honored and excited to now be a part of their successful franchise in the IPL

After everything considered I think this could be the year we see a back to back winners of the IPL with Chennai Super Kings. With the spine of the team being more or less the same as the team that won the 2018 IPL, I think it is all there for them to be the first back to back champions.
So, Chennai Super Kings are my pick ay 5/1.
You can check out more cricket previews on www.betopin.com


09 January 2019


As part of our continuing correspondence on the subject of Managed Migration, the most recent communication was on 09 October 2018, I am able to advise you of the latest position. 

On 11 December the Home Office published its 'Statement of Changes' to the Immigration Rules. A link to the document below.


This policy will come into effect from 10 January 2019, and will affect all visas applied for and issued after that date. Those issued prior will need to adhere to the immigration policy that was in place at time of issue.


The headline changes are that the Professional Sportsperson definition has been amended regarding the introduction of time lapse provisions. To see the full definition please see page 4 & 5 of the 'Statement of Changes' document.


In brief, a person can revert to “amateur”,  if they have not:  


  • Been registered to a Professional or Semi Professional team, including an academy and development age groups, within the last 4 years.
  • Represented a Nation or National team, including all youth and development age groups from U17 upwards, within the last two years.
  • Engaged an agent or representative with the aim of finding opportunities as a sportsperson, and/or developing a current or future career as a sportsperson, within the last 12 months.
  • Received payment, including payment in kind for playing or coaching that is covering all, or the majority of their costs for travelling to, and living in the UK, or who has not done so within the last 4 years.


An addition to the definition is to include those who have an established International reputation in their chose field of sport. For example, those who only play T20 in the Big Bash & IPL and who do not play any other type of cricket. Will be classified as a Professional Sportsperson.

The Governing Body Endorsement criteria for the player/coach or coach only for the 2019 season is now on-line and found here.


The ECB is not registered to give advice on immigration. Information on aspects of immigration policy and law can be found on the Home Office website

It is essential for clubs to comply with the published Visa policy and clubs receiving non-EEA migrants must abide by these rules.

The policy is written for all sports. It is not cricket specific.

A professional/semi-professional outfit in cricket is a team that has first-class status even if the matches in which the individual plays are not classified as first-class. Including U17 and above and Academy matches. 

An updated Overview document can be downloaded here.

09 January 2019


The draw for the 2019 Lancashire Knockout Cup competition, sponsored by Heineken, took place on Monday 17 December at Emirates Old Trafford, with 54 clubs from 10 leagues having qualified for the 48th edition of the competition.

The Lancashire Knockout Cup provides clubs with the opportunity to play on grounds from other leagues and compete against different opposition.

Last year’s winners Darwen take on Church in an all Lancashire League affair, with 2018 runners up Clifton taking on Leigh.


Palace Shield Clubs 

Vernon Carus vs Denton St Lawrence

Unted XI vs Chorley

Church vs Darwen

Leyland vs Croston

Blackpool - bye (Will play Woodhouses or Burnley in Round 2)

Eccleston vs Rainhill

Netherfield - bye (Will play Lytham or Kendal in Round 2)

Oswaldtwistle Immanuel vs St Annes

South Shore vs Star XI

Barnoldswick vs Longridge

Bootle vs Garstang

Carnforth vs Longridge



The first round will be played on Sunday 19 May 2019.

There are sure to be some surprises and close games on the way and towards the final on Sunday 8 September 2019.

For all enquiries relating to the Lancashire Knockout Cup, please contact Ray Taylor – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

20 November 2018
Flintoff Confirmed for December 12th Manchester Dinner. 
in association with the Steven Croft Testimonial 
MSC. Wednesday, December 12th. 6-9pm. 
Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff has enjoyed the sort of career both in sport and beyond that most of us can only dream about.  
One of the most high profile cricketers in the world Freddie was also one of the greatest all-rounders England has ever produced.  
He played in 79 test matches bagging 226 wickets and scoring 3,845 runs, and if these figures are not impressive enough, he produced many match-winning performances, notably during the 2005 Ashes-winning series. He also captained England and played in 141 one day internationals as well.  
His career post cricket has been equally successful. 
A captain in the popular, James Corden-hosted "A League of Their Own" on Sky One TV, he has also featured in various other shows including "Freddie Fries Down Under," "Cannonball," the very frank and honest "The Hidden Side of Sport" and much more.  
Now he looks forward to being one of the co-hosts of the BBC's "Top Gear" next year.  
Come and meet Freddie over pre dinner drinks, enjoy a sumptuous three-course dinner, a night of good fun and networking, and a Q&A with the main star. 
The dinner is in association with the Steven Croft testimonial year and Steven, Freddie's Lancashire cricket teammate for many years, will be there on the night as well. 
Tickets: £80 + VAT for members, £100 + VAT for non members. 
Tickets can be purchased on the website 
04 October 2018


Lancashire Cricket’s End of Season Awards Dinner took place in The Point at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday night.

The Specsavers County Championship’s leading wicket-taker, Tom Bailey, was named Lancashire Player of the Year, following his haul of 64 wickets for an average of just 19 with the red ball.

Bailey’s fellow seam bowler, and the Championship’s second deadliest bowler, Graham Onions, scooped Championship Player of the Year. The evergreen 36-year-old took 57 wickets in his debut season with the Red Rose, after making the move from Durham during the winter.

For his 534 runs, the second highest in a season by a Lancashire batsman, Alex Davies was named T20 Player of the Year, his six half-centuries helping Lightning to reach Finals Day – Davies was also named as the Red Rose Members’ Player of the Year.

There was double success for Matthew Parkinson as the leg spinner took home the One-Day and Young Player of the Year awards. The 21-year-old finished as leading wicket taker in the Royal London One-Day Cup, claiming 18 wickets, and also enjoyed a strong season in T20 with 25 wickets and 16 in the Championship.  

Keshav Maharaj was awarded the Champagne Moment for his two wickets with the scores level to secure a sensational tie at Somerset, while 21-year-old Josh Bohannon’s secured the Breakthrough Player of the Year, after debuting in all three formats this year.

Lancashire Thunder were also recognised following their greatly improved Kia Super League campaign, which saw them narrowly miss out on a Finals Day berth.

Sophie Ecclestone’s 15 wickets taken at an average of 15, earned the 19-year-old Young Player of the Tournament and New Zealand international Amy Satterthwaite claimed Player of the Tournament after scoring 277 runs at an average close to 35.

Their Thunder teammate Emma Lamb scored 497 runs at an average of 41 to win Lancashire Women’s Player of the Year.

For the first time, cricket across the region was also recognised in the new community awards. Peter Mcdermid of Trimpell Cricket Club was named as the inaugural winner of the AO.com Volunteer of the Year, while Longridge Cricket Club were crowned Club of the Year.

Wasim Afridi of the Lancashire Lions picked up Disability Player of the Year, with representatives from Lancashire Knockout Cup winners Darwen Cricket Club also invited on stage to be re-presented with their trophy.

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