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11 December 2019

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Although the 2019 cricket season is over, planning for the 2020 season is already underway and details of the ECB's exciting new programme for 8 to 11 year-olds, Dynamos Cricket can now be revealed.

The 2019 season saw over 3,600 5 to 8 year-olds participate in the ECB All Stars Cricket programme at over 125 centres across Lancashire. The plans are for 2020 to be even bigger, with England's ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 win legacy, it’s going to be another massive summer of cricket and a further opportunity to inspire the next generation of cricketers.

Dynamos Cricket, which was launched in Lancashire at an ECB Roadshow in Wigan last month, is an eight week course that will run during Summer 2020. either alongside an All Stars programme or existing Junior Cricket offers, beginning in May or during the summer holidays - alongside the start of The Hundred competition. which Dynamos will be linked to.


The programme, aimed at bridging the gap from All Stars to Junior Club Cricket, will feature eight weeks of countdown cricket with each participant receiving a Dynamos Cricket t-shirt, access to an online app and the potential for money can't buy experiences with The Hundred.

Clubs delivering the programme will receive a kit bag equipped with stumps, bats, balls, cones, activator t-shirts and more - everything required to run a fantastic summer of Dynamos Cricket!

If you would like to receive further information on Dynamos Cricket, please do not hesitate to contact:

Ross Atkinson (South & East Lancashire) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 07754 972664 or Dave Wilson (North & West Lancashire) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 07828 298105

03 December 2019


Minutes of the Junior Section of the Palace Shield AG M at Fulwood and Broughton CC on 27.11.19

                                                          Started 19.32 ended 21.10

Present:  Chairman, Vice-Chairman, President & CWO, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Registration Secretary and members representing 23 clubs.

Apologies: Chorley and New Longton

Roll Call: All clubs present  apart from Chorley and New Longton . These clubs will be fined in accordance with the rules.

Matters Arising from 2018 AGM:  None arising. The minutes were a correct record . Passed unanimously.

Chairman’s Address:   In his last  address as chairman, John thanked all sponsors, patrons ,the PS senior section, clubs , coaches and the executive for their support. The 2019 season had problems , notably the new pitch lengths and the bad weather  which he felt meant that our league had gone a step backwards. He thanked everyone for the privilege of allowing him to be chairman of a fantastic junior league.

Treasurer’s report: Accounts had been prepared and been handed out. There had been fewer team entries , patrons and sponsorship was down and more had been spent on trophies. The year had ended in a deficit of £111.73 but the treasurer was still waiting for a patronage amount and one club had not yet paid their junior subscriptions ,which would put us in the black for the year. Do we need to increase junior subscriptions? The treasurer was thanked for his work and the accounts would be audited before the next meeting.

It was also noted that some trophies had been duplicated so these trophies would be used next year.

 CWO’s report:  There had been one issue which had been quickly resolved. Trevor was still concerned that some clubs coaches, managers etc were not covered by safe hands, DBS etc. He hoped that this would be changed for the better in 2020.

Discipline:  Although Adam had received verbal reports of transgressions he needed  written reports to act upon them. Discipline needs to be acted on quickly.

Registrations: Club secretaries had been asked to clean up their club registration site as over 3000 players had not played for two years.

Secretary’s report:  Mark thanked the executive for their continued hard work, for without their efforts the competition would not function easily.  That is not to say that everything had run smoothly as there was still the odd club that was slow in providing information as and when required. He thanked all the reps who regularly attend the meetings and the clubs which hosted finals, even though some were rained off. He believed that the football season continued to encroach into the cricket season making things increasingly difficult. Mark had had a difficult year both on and off the field and had not been able to fulfil his role as much as he would have liked to. Hopefully he would put this right next season. His final words were to thank the chairman, wishing he had been able to stay on longer as he had led discussions in what he believed were for the benefit of the league as a whole and not just for individual clubs.

Election of Officers:  The Committee was re-elected on bloc apart, from the chairman who had resigned. No nominations had been forthcoming prior to and from the meeting.  As an interim measure, Peter Metcalf ( chairman of the senior section) took over the junior chairman’s role.

After thanking John. Peter briefly spoke about his ideas for the future. He hoped for support for the ECB changes; with reservations re the U13 pitch length. More teams in the competition. If clubs have issues to  email him. There would be executive meetings prior to the main meetings which would be minuted and sent to clubs prior to the main meeting. He also asked that if anyone was interested in being on the committee to come forward. He firmly believed that we had a good league but it would become better through the issuing of firm dates and events in the 2020 season.

Expenses: No change.

Correspondence:  Leyland CC had sent a letter thanking John for his chairmanship.  An email had requested that we should run an U9 softball league.

Rule Changes for 2019:

The following rule changes were passed at the meeting:

  • Winning teams to receive 10 points and no bonus points. The losing teams to receive bonus points.
  • There would be finals days for U10, U11 and U17s only. The other leagues would have league winners.

Other rule changes were passed by the meeting after lengthy discussion

  • The U12 league would be played on 18 yards ( ECB pitch lengths).
  • The U13 league would be played on 19 yards ( ECB pitch lengths).
  • Under 10 and U11 leagues would be played at 10-a-side ( 20 overs ) with the proviso that managers could  agree, before the fixtures, on 8-a-side ( 16 overs ) if they did not have 10 players available to play.
  • U10 and U11 pitch lengths to be 17 yards  ( ECB pitch lengths).

There was also discussion about U9 softball as to whether it should be a league or festival format. The chairman  asked clubs to submit teams by February 1st 2020, including , if they wanted, an U9 softball team, so that the executive could work out the feasibility of a league or festivals.

AOB:  U12/U14 Inter league. Mark will not be entering the competitions unless  it is agreed to play midweek fixtures in summer.

The Junior Player of the Year was Josh Sackfield ( Thornton Cleveleys).

The Fair Play Trophy will be presented in 2020 to the junior at his  club.

John Conway was elected a life vice-president  of our league. Congratulations.

The 2020 junior meetings would be on the following Wednesdays: 26th February, 6 May,  30th June, 9th September, 25th November the AGM.

Hoghton CC thanked John, Mark and the committee for their hard work in the 2019 season.

The chairman thanked Fulwood and Broughton CC  for the use of their room and wished everyone a safe journey and a good Christmas.

27 September 2019


There are a couple of surveys out there which they have tried to promote but may not have reached everyone so please pass onto your junior coaches and parents.






02 September 2019


Longridge finally lifted the Rose Trophy as Palace shield U17 Winners after a 40 year wait.

They defeated Leyland CC by 9 wickets in the final, having overcome Fleetwood in the Semi Final earlier in the day.

In the Final, Leyland Posted 70/8 from 20 overs before a excellent 46 not out from Harvey Vause saw the team home.


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

E:         This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Every Academy features a STAR VISIT from a current or past Professional Player who will pass on coaching tips that helped them reach the top

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

Come and learn to play the Freddie way!

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.


Palace Shield Members can get an exclusive 20% Discount on booking the course at Kirkham Grammer School

The code is AC2019AF

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

Registration point: Sports Hall

View Kirkham Grammar School's website

Courses on offer at Kirkham Grammar School

Discounts are available when booking for two children or more. Show discounts

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
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