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09 April 2024

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Junior Cricket Development – 2024 Season Squad Selection (Boys)

Hi All


I am pleased to confirm the 2024 Northern League / Palace Shield Interleague squads, as detailed below.
This is a step up from club cricket and bridges the gap between club cricket and the County Pathway. For those wondering, the girls will follow a slightly different set up and an email will follow soon.


For those not selected:
The competition for places was tough, and we would encourage all those not selected to return to their clubs and work hard to get a place next season. Coaches on the interleague programme will keep an eye on play cricket, and should we feel a player has been missed we will invite him to join up with the squad during the season. We are unable to give individual feedback for all players involved as there are simply too many but here is some general guidance:


Bowlers – what do you offer? Fast / Spin / Swing? Is this repeatable and are you starting to include a variation?
Batters – consistent set up with application. Can you put the bad ball to the boundary? Can you defend the good ball? Can you hit 360?
Wicket‐Keepers – consistent stance. Take the ball cleanly? Foot movement? Can you take both off side and leg side deliveries? Can you stand up to the stumps?


For those selected:

Congratulations! Moving forward this season, your child may be invited to attend some additional summer training sessions (coach availability dependent) and will be involved in the summer fixture programme.
Please note that we will take 12 players to each game from the squad, naming 11 that will bat. The 12th will play a role in the game. Can I ask that the following link is completed to ensure we have accurate contact and medical information for your player: https://forms.gle/7f4wBkRmTVZQf11g7

In regards to kit, we have brought Lukeys Cricket Academy on board as our new kit supplier. We are also fortunate to have an additional sponsor, Fitbiotics, which will appear as a sleeve sponsor. Consequently, we would ask that ALL players order the playing top as a minimum for the season. We are aware of the rise in living costs and associated expenses with sport, so to acknowledge this we would like to offer a 50% rebate on the cost of a playing shirt at the end of the season. This would be for all those who make themselves available for at least 4 of their age group fixtures (not dependent on selection). You will still need to order this as per the details in the next paragraph.

There is also a variety of training wear available to purchase, which can be seen at the end of this email. All kit orders must be made directly through Lukey, either by attending his cricket centre to directly order, or through contacting him directly through: 07878 401934. I will not be in a position to take any orders through this email, so please go directly to Lukey. The deadline for orders is Friday 19th April.

Players are asked to wear their kit to arrive for interleague training and matches, but they are also welcome to wear this with pride at their club games, should they wish to do so.
I have attached the fixture list for all age groups as hopefully this will help with some planning. We will be charging £5 match fees to help cover costs of training programmes, equipment and other associated costs which I am sure you can appreciate. Any missing information will be sent out asap! If your club can assist with ground space for any of our home dates, please ask them to get in touch with me asap!

Further Communication
Last but certainly not least, I would like to introduce you to our interleague coaches for this season. From now on, all communication will go through your age group coach. Your age groups coach will be in touch with those selected shortly to ask for availability and any other information they need to share.

U11s – Ian Davies – Norcross CC – Team Manager - 07846 853690
U12s ‐ Andy Stoker – Longridge CC – Team Manager - 07970 751171
U13s – Abi Bates – Leyland CC – Team Manager - 07879 473045
U13s – Adam Richardson – Longridge CC – Team Coach - 07939 686890
U14s – John McKeever – Leyland CC – Team Manager - 07810 636964
U14s – Steve Murphy – Tarleton CC – Team Coach - 07846 088048
U15s – Paul Douglas – Longridge CC – Team Manager - 07979 706209
U17s – David Hopkinson – NLPS – Team Manager -  07514 423627

I wish all our boys across the leagues the very best during this season. The talent we have on show is excellent and is down to our clubs working hard with our dedicated juniors. I look forward to seeing our players grow and develop over the season.
Kind Regards
Abi Bates
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12 September 2023

Unfortunatley the Junior Finals Day was washed out.

 

The Under 17 Rose Trophy Final will now take place at St Annes on Sunday 17th between St Annes and Garstang.

 


Some play was possible in the Under 13 Playoff as Euxton were restricted to 89/9 after some excellent fielding from Lytham including 4 run outs. Lytham struggled in reply as Euxton reduced them to 29/6 before play was suspended for Lightning, which was followed by an all mighty dounpour which put pay to the days play.

A New date was unable to be arranged so the Trophy was shared.

https://palaceshield.play-cricket.com/website/results/6053271

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Euxton's Team before the Playoff

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05 July 2023

The Tony Poxon Trophy will be played for on Sunday 9th July at Fylde Cricket Club between Blackpool and Longridge.

Stumps Pitched 10am

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21 June 2023

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The Interleague Under 18s continue their competition this sunday vs Wigan Junior league.

Stumps are pitched at 10.45am at Croston Cricket Club

 

Team

James Dunn - Capt - Chorley

Jack Davies - WK - Tarleton

Harry McAleer - Fleetwood

Ryan Roberts - Penwortham

Miller Childs - Croston

Jack McKenna - Eccleston

Ryan Birkman - St Annes

Zayn Wadiwala - Chorley

Joe Pearson - Garstang

Kashif Jamil - Vernon Carus

Stanley Howarth - Blackpool

Anupam Tripathi - Fulwood & Broughton

 

League Table

https://lcfcomps.play-cricket.com/website/division/111542

 

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10 June 2023

We played 2 of our u14 fixtures in May half-term.

Whilst silver medallists in both, the games provide a good comparison between the best of ours (Northern Premier / Palace Shield) and best of theirs – in these cases Greater Manchester Central and Liverpool & district. Yes there are areas for improvement but also some real positives and learning.

Mon 29 May – Uppermill CC v Greater Manchester Central

Put into bat on a relatively small pitch with dry, hard outfield our opening partnership reached 50, with Spence Evans 48 (Fleetwood) & Zach Ives 29 (Longridge) batting sensibly, punishing the bad ball.  What looked a strong position at 66-1 off 15 overs was undone by ill-discipline against a good spinner who accounted for 5 of our top 6 batters.  At 95-7 the contest was nearly over.  With focus and determination we reached a creditable 172-9 off the full 45 overs, with Oscar Douglas 33 (Longridge), and Venki 24* (Tarleton) the main contributors.

We were certainly short of runs, we needed to bowl full and accurately, and field exceptionally. And we needed to bowl them out to win...

Whilst we gifted several short-ball boundaries, at 61-3 this looked like a contest.  However a 4th wicket stand of 85 scored at 6 per over took the game away quickly, with one player making 97.  We took 5 wickets in total - Venki, Hayden Simm (Lancaster), Cian Gorst (Garstang), Oscar Douglas with game finishing at only 28.3 overs.  We licked our wounds, important lessons being learned. This is a standard above club level.

Thur 1 Jun – Chorley CC v Liverpool & District

Firstly a massive thanks to Chorley CC and especially Oz for hosting.

On a sunny day with cool winds and the threat of hot sun later, we chose to bowl.  It looked a 200+ wicket, the first target was to bowl them out.  At 1st drinks (15 overs), they were 85-0 we had a good discussion on tactics. Alfie Williams (St Annes) then removed their opening bat next ball, and at 110-5 we looked in control.

After another drinks break we discussed bowling lengths and fielding positions, but we let the team escape from 186-7 to 250 all out from 43.5.  Wickets to Venki (Tarleton), Alfie, Himanshu Manjare (Garstang) and Zayd Namajee (F&B).

Whilst 250 was a good score, it was not beyond our capability.

Unfortunately we then conspired to reach 51-4 with only Josh Holt 32 (Longridge) with any real credit.  A 110-run 5th wicket partnership between Venki and Louie Trayers 32 (Longridge) was the start of a good fightback, Venki finishing on a superb 80 with Oscar Douglas 21* (Longridge) and Jonny Waugh (Chorley) a fantastic 26 off 13 giving a jaded opposition a fright to eventually finish 27 runs away on 223-7.  What was most pleasing was the support and camaraderie of the whole team.

Can’t wait to play both teams again in the summer.

Paul Douglas

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10 June 2023

LCF Inter-League 2023

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North West Cricket League 

Monday 29th May 2023  at  Brinscall CC

 

Match Report

Pretty little 50s rarely win matches, nice big hundreds generally do. A classy and chanceless century from Chorley’s Zayn Wadiwala was the proof of this adage. It was the basis of what, in the end, was a comfortable 7-wicket victory against the North West Cricket League.

When skies are blue and the sunshine unfiltered; when the outfield is fast with a relatively short boundary on the downhill side, the first task of a captain is to win the toss. James Dunn called correctly but the unruly coin had a mind of its own. So, it was a case of slap on a hat, slosh on the suncream and all go out together. 

Penwortham’s Ryan Roberts took the new ball and bowled with good pace and control. He troubled both openers, finding the outside edge on several occasions only to see the ball somehow evade the slips and scurry off to the unprotected third man boundary. A little bit of luck and some quality batting helped the NWCL get off to a flying start.  At the end of the first powerplay the field went back and this helped to stem the flow of runs… to a degree. Nevertheless, the NWCL reached 200 for the loss of only two wickets and plenty of overs remaining. At the second drinks break the scoreboard did not make comfortable reading. Best not to look at it. Instead, focus on ways of going on the attack and winning the last 16 overs.

In his second spell, Ryan Roberts made an important breakthrough and picked up a much deserved second wicket. The old cricket sage says, ‘one brings two’.  A brilliant pick-up and direct hit from Zayn Wadiwala produced a run out and a sense of momentum-shift. With two new batsmen at the crease, there was an opportunity to put on the ‘squeeze’ and apply pressure. 

Leaving overs up his sleeve for the ‘death’, Ryan was replaced by Garstang’s Adam Ball. Simple plans are often the best. Adam bowled exactly how a bowler should when the keeper is up to the stumps - full and straight. Our lads showed that they could catch after all and wickets tumbled. What had looked like a potential score of 320+ was suddenly 268 all out. In the last 16 overs we had taken 8 wickets and conceded only 53 runs. Believing a par score to be 300 there was good reason to be upbeat and confident. So, it was over to the batsmen. What we needed was to get off to a good start.

Taking strike, Zayn Wadiwala cut the first two balls of our reply to the boundary. A pull shot through mid-wicket three balls later meant we had 12 runs on the board after the first over.  This set the tone and tempo. Miller Childs played judiciously against the seamers and particularly well against the spinners. Using the depth of his crease and playing off the back foot, he skilfully picked gaps on the off-side. Meanwhile Zayn accepted the senior role. With impeccable judgement of length and apparently effortless, unflustered strokeplay, he scored fluently in a wide arc. A superb six back over the sight screen - a shot we probably wouldn’t have seen from Zayn 12 months ago - took him into the nervous nineties. Not nervous for Zayn you understand but prolonged torture for his dad. 

An opening stand of 165 put us in control of the game. At the fall of the first wicket, Adam Ball arrived at the crease and following his 4 for 19, continued the good work.  Very little missed the middle of his bat and on the one occasion it did the ball somehow flew over fine leg for six. Skipper James Dunn came in at the fall of the third wicket and played like he had an urgent appointment. With a flurry of boundaries, he put an expensive dent in a parked car and finished the game in style. The victory target was reached with 6 overs to spare. 

Zayn’s knock (fifteen 4s and two 6s), was his first ton of the season but the third of his inter-league career. When he reaches a half-century, he merely re-takes his guard and starts again. Talent is important; technique is important but the essential attribute of a proper batsman is an insatiable hunger for runs. For Zayn 50 is never going to be enough but in this game, it’s a moot point whether his hundred was enough to bag the man-of-the-match award. Adam Ball staked his own claim with an undefeated half-century, four wickets and on a batsman-friendly day, the best bowling analysis of a by a thousand cricketing miles.

Scores:             NWCL  268 all out (50 overs) – Phillipson 82, Ball 4 for 19

                        NLPS    269 – 3   (44 overs)    -  Wadiwala 101, Childs 52, Ball 56 not out

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11 May 2023

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U18 Inter-League Squad 2023

The squad is deliberately large (27) because we know how A-level and GCSE exams impacts in this age group, but it also reflects the depth of talent we have available.

In this age group we have two who are in the Lancashire Academy - Harry Birkman (St. Annes CC) and Alfie Dobson (Chorley CC) - and therefore ineligible for inter-league. Similarly, Charlie Parkinson (Torrisholme CC) is in Lancashire’s Emerging Players Programme and as such also ineligible for inter-league.

Competition for Places
This is representative cricket which sits in the county pathway immediately beneath county age group cricket. Competition for places is essential. In this age group we are guided by past performance along with the current form players are showing and the progress they are making with their clubs. Scorecards on play-cricket.com are scrutinised every week. We are also aware that some are required to play school cricket and in consequence, miss club games.

The Squad

Captain
James Dunn Chorley CC

Wicket-keepers/batsmen
Harry McAleer Fleetwood CC
Jack Davies Tarleton CC
Aaron Stephenson Netherfield CC

Batters/Bowlers/All-rounders (alphabetical by surname)
Sam Astley Eccleston CC
Adam Ball Garstang CC
Ryan Birkman St Annes CC
Caleb Bradford Longridge CC
Ashton Charles Garstang CC
Miller Childs Croston CC
Hugo Croft Garstang CC
Dan Golding Rufford CC
Josh Greaves Tarleton CC
Dominic Harvey Walton-le-Dale/Leyland
Ethan Hill Kirkham & Wesham CC
Stan Howarth Blackpool CC
Reece Irving Netherfield CC
Kashif Jamil Vernon Carus CC
Matthew Lawrenson Blackpool CC
Jack McKenna Eccleston CC
Dilan Patel Fulwood & Broughton CC
Joe Pearson Garstang CC
Henry Proctor Longridge CC
Ryan Roberts Penwortham CC
Rayyan Tailor Penwortham CC
Anupam Tripathi Fulwood & Broughton CC
Zayn Wadiwala Chorley CC

Fixture Dates
Please look at the fixture dates below and confirm the fixtures for which you will be available/unavailable for selection by emailing David: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and please copy in Rachel: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mon 29th May v NWCL away 10.45am
Sun 25th June v Wigan JL home 10.45am
Thurs 6th July v Liverpool &DCC away 10.45am
Sun 16th July v GMCL away 10.45am
Fri 11th Aug v Lancs League home 10.45am

Thank you.

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10 May 2023

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Junior Cricket Development ‐ U15 Squad 2023 Season

Hi All
I am pleased to confirm the 2023 Northern League / Palace Shield Interleague U15 squad, as detailed below. This is a step up from club cricket and bridges the gap between club cricket and the County Pathway.


U15 Interleague 2023 Squad List

Caleb Wilson – Netherfield CC
Charlie Bray – Fulwood & Broughton CC
Charlie Evans – Penwortham CC
Charlie McKenna – Eccleston CC
Connor Lyon – Rufford CC
Daniel Gee – Longridge CC
Ed Pearson – Garstang CC
Finlay Tupman – FyldeCC
George Dolan – Fylde CC
Henry Swift – Lancaster CC
Josh Ellis – Leyland CC
Joshua Birch – Longridge CC
Junaid Doctor – Leyland CC (Lancashire)
Oliver Sanday – Sedgewick CC
Ollie Toulmin – Shireshead CC
Rayyan Patel – Lancaster CC
Rory Urquhart – St Annes CC (Lancashire)
Sam Judge – Fulwood & Broughton CC
Siddarth Mourughank – Lancaster CC
Stanley Collinson – Shireshead CC
Theo Smith – Fylde CC (Lancashire)
William Thomas – Fylde CC
Zeke Braithwaite – Leyland CC

 

For those not selected:
The competition for places was tough, and we would encourage all those not selected to return to their clubs and work hard to get a place next season. Coaches on the interleague programme will keep an eye on play cricket, and should we feel a player has been missed we will invite him to join up with the squad during the season. We are unable to give individual feedback for all players involved as there are simply too many but here is some general guidance:
Bowlers – what do you offer? Fast / Spin / Swing? Is this repeatable and are you starting to include a variation?
Batters – consistent set up with application. Can you put the bad ball to the boundary? Can you defend the good ball? Can you hit 360?
Wicket‐Keepers – consistent stance. Take the ball cleanly? Foot movement? Can you take both off side and leg side deliveries? Can you stand up to the stumps?

 

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Last but certainly not least, I would like to introduce you to our U15 interleague coach for this season.

Jonathan Hall – Excel Coaching – Team Manager
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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