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21 June 2019


Ladies / gents

Please find attached minutes from the latest junior meeting.
The deadline for the U10s and U11s league fixtures has been extended to 31 July.
U10s Finals Day will be Sunday 25 August at Leyland CC
U11s Finals Day will be Monday 26 August at Blackpool CC
To book to attend feedback on new pitch lengths @ http://booking.ecb.co.uk/d/pyqk2m   meeting at Longridge 27 June but must book on.
Sunday 14 July U9s softball festival at Preston CC. 
Sunday 28 July 2nd softball festival NEED  A club to host preferably in the Blackpool Area.
Any club wishing to enter either of these events, please let me know asap.
Fleetwood are running a Well Being Presentation on 26 June at 6.30pm .
Further details can be found on the PS website. 
11 June 2019

kids playing cricket

Hopefully the below night I have organised with Lee Conroy will be of interest to those involved with junior cricket, we hope to be able to share some thoughts around the junior format recommendations from ECB along with provide some advice and a forum with the governing body as we all strive to make cricket as enjoyable as possible for youngsters.

The ongoing feedback from clubs is invaluable.

ECB Junior Formats - Coaches feedback / Best Practice / Q&A

Thursday 27th June


Longridge Cricket Club

Book online for free here - http://booking.ecb.co.uk/d/pyqkzm



James Cutt | Club & Community Cricket Manager

Lancashire Cricket Foundation

Emirates Old Trafford, Talbot Road, Manchester, M16 0PX

M:        07595 520536

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02 April 2019

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The Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy is a fun filled cricket coaching camp for children aged 5 to 16 years olds.

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All Academies feature the unique 'Freddie Challenges', Crazy Catch challenges, small sided games, coaching sessions and our famous World Cup Day.

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Who is it for?

AFCA is for boys and girls aged between 5-16 years old. Whether it’s your first experiences of cricket or you are a representative player, you will have fun, improve and be challenged on the Academy.

The Freddie Juniors (5-7 year olds) have their own programme which establishes the fundamentals of cricket and sport in general. We understand the different needs of this age range and this is reflected in the curriculum which has shorter sessions, cricket related skills in a wider context and the need for high and lower intensity activities. In addition the Freddie Juniors programme will incorporate more multi faceted activities in the afternoon sessions, these may include arts and crafts, as well as more multi activity games and play sessions.

Our Freddie Seniors (8-16) work in age appropriate groups and enjoy learning new skills in all cricketing disciplines of batting, bowling and fielding. Our themed sessions encourage a focus on achievement with plenty of opportunities to put skills into action through small-sided games and middle practices.


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Kirkham Grammar School

Ribby Road, Kirkham, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 2BH

Camps begin at 9.30am and finish at 4.30pm

We offer early drop off at Kirkham Grammar School which is at 8:30am and late collection at 5:30pm, charged at £6 per day

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29th July - 2nd August 2019
12 February 2019
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I’m pleased to confirm that the Lancashire Cricket Foundation will once again be running the Vitality U19 Club T20 Competition in 2019.
We would now like to invite clubs to formally apply to take part in the 2019 Competition by filling in the attached entry form returning to Katrina Lees at Emirates Old Trafford with a cheque for £50 arriving no later than 17th March.
If your club don’t have enough players of your own, but want to enter the competition please contact me, as we are currently in conversations with ECB about the option of clubs merging to create teams, therefore allowing players to take part in the U19 Club T20 Competition rather than miss out.
See link for more information – www.ecbu19clubt20.play-cricket.com along with the 2018 Rules for consideration. Whilst we always encourage clubs to embrace the full T20 Blast Experience, to help with player retention, I must stress that they are optional and shouldn’t put anyone off entering the competition.
If you have any further queries, please let me know?
James Cutt | Club & Community Cricket Manager
Lancashire Cricket Foundation
Emirates Old Trafford, Talbot Road, Manchester, M16 0PX
25 January 2019

Lady Taverners

Entries now being taken for National Lady Taverners Girls Club U13 & U15 T20 Competition (8 a side), please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details, closing date 15th February

11 January 2019


To all reps and junior coaches

An urgent junior meeting has been arranged to discuss and agree on the way forward with the suggested ECB format changes for U9s to U11s for 2019.
At the last meeting it was suggested that we set up a sub committee to take the proposals forward; since the meeting there have been changes with the ECB now wanting changes at U13s and U15s as well which would also mean changes to our U12s and U14s competitions.
Therefore all clubs are invited to the meeting which is Weds 16th January at Fulwood and Broughton CC starting at 7.30pm. 
The only item to be discussed and voted upon will be the suggested format changes.
As the proposals are radically different from how we currently play the game all coaches are also invited along to the meeting.

Suggested changes are:
U9s softball                       6 a side. 12 overs each innings. on a 15 yard pitch.      Batters bat in pairs 4 overs a pair. 
U10s and U11s softball       8 a side  16 overs each innings  on a 17 yard pitch        batters retire on reaching 25 runs and have 2 lives each. Max 6 balls in the over except for the last over of the innings
U10s and U11s hardball   8 a side   all details same as for the softball
U9s, U10s and U11s  all overs to be bowled from the same end
U12s                                 18 yard pitch
U13s                                 19 yard pitch
U14s and U15                   21 yard pitch   
Suggested formats for U12s to U15s still to be notified.
How do the suggested changes differ from what we currently have ?
U9s will be same as the format as we held this year.
U10s and U11s  we currently play 10 a side on an 18 yard pitch batting in pairs 4 overs a pair. max 9 balls in over except for final.
U12s and U13s we currently use 21 yard pitches.
U14s and U15s we currently use 22 yard pitches.
If any coach(es) have any point(s) that they would like to be raised and discussed but cannot make the meeting, please advise your club rep or you can forward details onto me directly.
Please make every effort to attend the meeting. The discussions and any subsequent voting will determine how the PS Juniors go forward with these ECB proposals.
Mark Myers
01 October 2018
Coaching Children 3
ECB Certificate Coaching Children’s Cricket
This course is designed to help to develop your confidence and equip you with the knowledge, understanding and applied skills to lead coaching sessions for children and create safe, fun, player-centred coaching environments.
Induction & First Aid
Wed 30th January (6-9pm)
Coach Education Sessions 
Sun 3rd, 10th & 17th February (9am-5pm)
Assessment Day TBC
Myerscough College
St Michael's Road
Preston, Lancashire PR3 0RY
For more info:
Lee Conroy
Coach Development Manager
Lancashire Cricket Foundation
M: 07799 639902
03 September 2018


Congratulations to Euxton C.C. Under 17s who, in their first year in the Under 17 competition, are this season’s Rose Trophy winners.

The number 88 symbolises fortune and good luck in Chinese culture and is now, no doubt, the favourite number of the Euxton following having seen their side successfully chased down scores of 88 in both their semi-final AND final.

In Euxton’s morning semi-final held at Thornton Cleveleys C.C. the hosts posted the first 88 runs of the day against a strong Euxton bowling attack. Captain, Joshua Sackfield was Thornton Cleveleys mainstay with 36 runs. In reply only Euxton’s Arron Boyden, with an excellent 40 runs, scored double figures and it was left to a last wicket partnership by Harry Ashcroft and Ben Cooper to see Euxton over the line. Joshua Sackfield again excelled for Thornton Cleveleys with 4 wickets for 13 runs.

In the other semi-final held at Fleetwood C.C. opponents Longridge C.C. batted first and a mixture of good batting, N.B. Joshua Stamford retired at 50 n.o. and poor Fleetwood catching saw them post a competitive total of 141 for 6 wickets. In reply an excellent opening partnership by Charlie Clark (26) and Will Gair (39) gave strong foundations to Fleetwood’s reply and, despite some excellent Longridge fielding (2 run outs) and economical spells from their slow bowlers, Fleetwood won by 6 wickets with 2 overs to spare. Michael Wilson (42 n.o.) batted very impressively and sensibly for Fleetwood.

Excellent hospitality at both Thornton Cleveleys and Fleetwood ensured all four semi-finalists were well fed and watered before Euxton made their way over to Fleetwood for the final in the afternoon.

Fleetwood batted first in the final and, unlike their semi-final, both openers fell cheaply. Despite another good knock from Michael Wilson (37) and 17 runs from Joe Thomson, Fleetwood were restricted to a ‘spooky’ 88 runs for 9 wickets off their 20 overs. The Euxton team all bowled and fielded extremely well and special mention must go to Ben Houghton who took an exceptional diving catch in the deep (in the context of the game possibly a match winning catch?)

In reply Euxton batted sensibly against some good Fleetwood bowling particularly Ben Houghton who scored 29. Despite constant pressure from Fleetwood it looked like Euxton, with 3 overs to go, 7 wickets in hand and only half a dozen runs required, were this year’s champions. It was then, from my privileged position of umpiring at the bowler’s end, that I witnessed an exceptional over of fast bowling from Oliver Haddow who proceeded to bowl a 4 wicket maiden over, all clean bowled including a Hat-Trick!  To the credit of James Bone (Euxton Captain), who had to witness the collapse helpless at the non-strikers end, he hit a boundary the next over and victory was soon in the bag. This capped an excellent match for James who had led maturely with both bat and ball.

The award for performance of the day went to Oliver Haddow for overall match figures of 4 overs, 5 wickets, 12 runs.

Big congratulations to Euxton C.C. but also a big thank you to all four clubs who contributed to an excellent final’s day, their players, coaches, scorers, parents etc. who all contribute throughout the season without seeking, or receiving, the recognition they deserve.  

Special mention again to our excellent hosts, Thornton Cleveleys C.C. and Fleetwood C.C. and also the Umpires, Trevor Wilde and Alex Diver, who stood in the semi-finals, and Wally Foster who stood in both a semi-final and the final.

John Conway

Junior Chairman, Palace Shield


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