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15 December 2021


The draw for the 2022 Lancashire Knockout Cup has taken place at Emirates Old Trafford.

Kirkham and Wesham will welcome Westhoughton to the Woodlands, whereas Barrow will make the long trip to Ribblesdale Wanderers.

Director of Cricket Mark Chilton and first team player George Balderson picked out the ties for the First Round which includes 32 teams from ten different leagues.

2021 champions Ormskirk - who defeated Burnley by seven wickets at Emirates Old Trafford - host Knight Riders from the GMACL.

Gary Knight lifted the trophy for Ormskirk and has been looking back on the great day all Ormskirk players and fans had at Emirates Old Trafford: "Playing at  Emirates Old Trafford was an unbelievable experience, the staff really looked after us and made it a memorable day for both teams.

"It was a great day for our members and volunteers that make Ormskirk such a great club and to reward them with a day at Emirates Old Trafford was very satisfying."


While Burnley will be hoping to go one better than last year starting their cup campaign away against Settle.

The first round will begin on Sunday 22nd May.

The tie of the round sees Liverpool Competition league winners Northern travel to Northern Premier League winners Blackpool.

There’s an all Ribblesdale League clash as Feniscowles meet Read while Darwen have been drawn against Walsden in an all Lancashire League encounter.

The First Round brings some very exciting ties which should be a great start to the Lancashire Knockout Cup competition.

Knight adds: "The tournament is massive, outside the national competitions and some may argue it’s a harder competition to win than the nationals due to weather and the strength of clubs in and around Lancashire.

"I’ve always loved playing in the competition as it allows you to get around some great clubs in Lancashire such as the strengths of the Lancashire League, Bolton League, GMCL and other local leagues that produce such high quality cricketers and challenging places to visit. It’s a very important competition to test yourselves against the best in Lancashire and as a club we are extremely proud of our history in it and I’m sure other clubs would say the same."

James Cutt, Leagues and Teams manager has added: “Our thanks, as ever, go to the hardworking volunteers from across our league executives who help shape the Lancashire KO Cup with us, we are all looking forward to the build up to the first round and wish all competing clubs good luck for a successful summer in 2022.”

1st Round Draw

Leigh vs Rainhill

Cheshire Lines vs Horwich RMI

Feniscowles vs Read

Norden CC vs Heysham

Farnworth Social Circle vs Lancaster 

Skelmersdale vs Longridge

Little Lever vs Roe Green

Ribblesdale Wanderers vs Barrow

Darwen vs Walsden

Ormskirk vs Knight Riders

Prestwich vs Clifton

Netherfield vs Formby

Settle vs Burnley

Kirkham & Wesham  vs Westhoughton

Clitheroe vs Denton St Lawerence

Blackpool vs Northern

Lancashire Knockout Cup dates

Round 1 - Sunday 22 May

Round 2 - Sunday 12 June

QF - Sunday 3 July

SF - Sunday 17 July

Final - TBC

19 October 2021
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The West Lancashire Cricket Society is returning to S&B Sports Club next Wednesday 20th October after 10 years at a town centre hotel.
Next week’s meeting is the Society’s AGM at 7.30, prior to Lancashire & England slow left arm spinner Stephen Parry’s appearance as the first speaker of the Winter session at 8.00 p.m.
The other speakers of this Winter’s programme are:
Nov 17  Patrick Eager Cricket photographer, who covered 325 Test matches including 98 Ashes Tests, between 1965 & 2011.
Dec 15  Harry Pearson Sports journalist & author who has twice won The Cricket Society/MCC Book of the Year award: in 2011 for “Slipless in Settle” & in 2018 for “Connie: The Marvellous Life of Learie Constantine”.
Jan 19 Luke Sutton Former Somerset, Derbyshire & Lancashire wicketkeeper batsman, now an author and sports agent.
Feb 16 Elizabeth Ammon The Times' cricket correspondent who has also written for The Guardian, The Independent & The Daily Mirror, as well as Cricket Monthly magazine & Wisden Cricket Monthly.
Mar 25  Annual Dinner tba
Membership is open to all and costs £20 for the full Winter programme, or £30 for joint membership. Guests are also welcome at £8 per meeting, refundable on conversion to full membership. For further information contact the Honorary Secretary, David Taylor, on 01772 422 206 or just come along to S&B on Trafalgar Road in Birkdale (PR8 2HF) for any of the meetings.
10 June 2021

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Torrisholme will welcome Scottish opposition in the next round of the village KO


VILLAGE CUP DRAW: TCC Welcome Meigle Cricket Club from Perthshire, Scotland??????? to Boundary Meadow in the 5th Round on Sunday 20th June!!!


National Rounds

Astwood Bank (Worcs) v Colwall (Heref & Powys)

South Wingfield (Derbys) v Fillongley (Warks)

Loddington & Mawsley (N’hants) v Clipstone & Bilsthorpe (E Mids)

Milford Hall (W Mids) v Neyland (Dyfed)

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Houghton Main (W & S Yorks) v Wolviston (N’land)

Torrisholme (Cumbria & N Lancs) v Meigle (Scotland)

Woodhouses (S Lancs) v Alvanley (Cheshire & Clwyd)

Patrington (N Yorks S) v Folkton & Flixton (N Yorks N)

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Cookham Dean (Berks) v Calmore Sports (Hants)

Congresbury (Somerset) v Goatacre (Dorset & Wilts)

Rockhampton (Gloucs) v Yelverton Bohemians (Dev & Corn)

Horspath (Oxon) v Ynystawe (Glamorgan) 

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Crowhurst Park (E Sussex) v Linton Park (Kent)

Preston (Beds & Herts) v Foxton (Cambs & N’folk)

West Chiltington & Thakeham (W Sussex) v Valley End (Surrey)

Woolpit (Ess & Suff) v Stoke Green (Bucks)



27 January 2021


It has been a number of years wince the Fylde League played its final games and many clubs joined the Palace Shield however it is important to remember the Life of a league that lasted almost 100 years.

The Website is still live showing their historical winners but for a more detailed origin story please download the attached.



06 January 2021

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Workshops include

Introduction to Legal Structures

Planning for Your Future

Leadership Teams

Participant Experience

Volunteer Experience

Develop a Marketing Strategy

Engaging your Community

Financial Sustainability

06 January 2021

Former Lancashire batsman Usman Khawaja hasn’t played a Test for Australia since the last Ashes series. His top innings score from three matches in England over the summer of 2019 was 40.


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Out cheaply for single figures at both Lord’s and Headingley in subsequent games, he didn’t contribute much as the tourists retained the famous urn. That series in England resulted in an inconclusive draw, but The Ashes taking place Down Under is a whole different ball game.

Khawaja, who turns 35 during the forthcoming 2021-22 Ashes, has given a much better account of himself in previous series on home soil. Half-centuries at Adelaide and Perth before a magnificent 171 at the Sydney Cricket Ground when the sides last met in Australia in 2017-18 are evidence of that.   

A decade has now passed since Pakistan-born Khawaja made his Test debut in that famous arena against England. In the 10 years since his bow, he has been in and out of the side for various reasons.

Closing in on 2,900 Test runs from 44 caps, Khawaja’s batting average is the respectable side of 40 for someone playing at the top of the order. In his absence, Australia have been contesting a topsy turvy series at home to India.

The results so far have been a mixed bag. Devastating bowling from the pace attack of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood helped Australia win the opener, but India responded by taking the famous Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Economical bowling from the visitors helped them to level the series. Australia’s response to the low scores recorded by Joe Burns was dropping him in favour of the recalled David Warner. Like Khawaja, he struggled in the last Ashes series but fared much better when facing England at home.

Australia are also looking at uncapped youngster Will Pucovski, who may now get his chance after recovering from concussion. The fact that the selectors have turned to someone yet to be blooded in Test cricket rather than recall Khawaja must hurt.


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There is still the best part of a year before the next Ashes series for him to regain his place in the Australia XI, though. While blending youth and experience is important for any side, the selectors will want to maintain a strong recent home record in Test matches against England.

According to the latest odds for those planning on betting on cricket with 888sport, the hosts are firm 1/2 favourites to win the 2021-22 Ashes series. Given England’s struggles Down Under, this isn’t that all surprising even though it appears as if places at the top of the Australian order are up for grabs.

A proven performer on home soil like Khawaja may count for a lot. Australia will be keen to avoid over-relying on star batsman Steve Smith, and do have other big hitters including all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne.

Just because tried and tested names are familiar foes to England doesn’t mean the tourists will be capable of outfoxing them on tour. As fantastic bowlers as Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad have been, Australian pitches have seldom been kind to them down the years.

If given one more chance, Khawaja could well still have plenty to offer Australia in the short-term of the next 12 months at least.

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