Pre-season Newsletter: April,2010
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FIXTURES & UMPIRES: SATURDAY, APRIL 17th
ECB PREMIER LEAGUE (12.30 p.m.)
Alderley Edge v Oxton George Murphy & Glyn Roberts
Bowdon v Urmston Phil Prince & Geoff Wellsteed
Bramhall v Oulton Park Barrie Burns & Ian Greensmith
Hyde v Didsbury Stan Davies & Chris Smith
Nantwich v Toft Dave Goulding & John Silver
Neston v Chester Boughton Hall Ian Drury & Peter Ogden
FIRST DIVISION (1 p.m.)
Bollington v Christleton Stuart Anderson & Ron Bedson
Cheadle v Upton Bob Abel & Graham Harris
Cheadle Hulme v Heaton Mersey Paul Herring & John Lofthouse
Grappenhall v Poynton Peter Bolger & Alistair Davies
Irby v Widnes Don Flanagan & Jon Hacking
Macclesfield v Middlewich Tom Park & Clive Rice
SECOND DIVISION (1 p.m.)
Bredbury St. Mark’s v Congleton Garry Hambleton & Steve Kirkbright
Brooklands v Warrington Wyn Harris & Allan Lewis
Marple v Birkenhead Park Trevor Burnett & Liam Spires
Mobberley v Sale Don Speakman & David Williams
Stockport Georgians v Ashton on Mersey Dave Sutton & Jim Whitehead
Tattenhall v Timperley Brian Jones & Ray Prescott
These appointments are provisional and subject to change, in which case Appointments Secretary
John Hacking will notify clubs direct.
2nd XI CRICKET (1 p.m.)
PREMIER DIVISION: Chester B.H. v Neston; Didsbury v Hyde; Oulton Park v Bramhall; Toft v
Nantwich; Urmston v Macclesfield; Widnes v Alderley Edge.
FIRST DIVISION: Birkenhead Park v Cheadle; Middlewich v Bowdon; Poynton v Grappenhall; Sale
v Irby; Timperley v Cheadle Hulme; Warrington v Brooklands.
SECOND DIVISION: Ashton on Mersey v Stockport Georgians; Christleton v Bollington; Congleton
v Bredbury SM; Heaton Mersey v Tattenhall; Oxton v Mobberley; Upton v Marple.
3rd XI CRICKET (1 p.m.)
SATURDAY DIVISION ONE: Birkenhead v Neston 3; Brooklands Sale Moor v Chester B. H 3; Irby
3 v Upton3; Macclesfield v Brooklands; Timperley 3 v Urmston 3; Warrington 3 v Cheadle Hulme.
SATURDAY DIVISION TWO: Chester B.H. 4 v Oxton 3; Neston 4 v Birkenhead Park 4; Oxton 4 v
Marple Mellor; Upton 4 v Irby 4; Urmston 4 v Timperley 4. Open: Warrington 4.
SUNDAY, APRIL 18: JACK GARDNER TROPHY MINI GROUPS (1 p.m.)
Sale v Romiley; Poynton v Bredbury SM; Bollington v Cheadle Hulme; Bramhall v Hale Barns;
Stockport v Didsbury; Stretton v Tattenhall; Alvanley v Neston; Birkenhead Park v Grappenhall;
Bowdon v Chester BH.
Mini group fixtures continue on Sunday, April 25 and Bank Holiday Monday, May 3.
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14 new captains appointed for 2010 season
RAIN POSES EARLY PROBLEMS
WET weather is again threatening the start of the League’s 36th season on Saturday, April
17th, although there are no plans for a general postponement and the forecast is that drier,
warmer weather will arrive in time for the practice matches.
Groundsman have been reporting that preparation work has been handicapped by relentless
March rain and pitches are certain to be damp and slow pre-May..
Here’s a brief look ahead to 2010:
Nathan Dumelow’s Oulton Park will relish the challenge of defending their ECB PREMIER
LEAGUE title, won so excitingly on the last day of the 2009 campaign at Nantwich. Park
begin at promoted Bramhall, historically one of the worst-hit grounds in unsympathetic
weather. However, it is worth mentioning that it was not until July 18th last season that
Bramhall had a 1st XI fixture called off.
Runners-up Bowdon open at home to promoted club Urmston when they will be newly- led
by Carl Hey. Bowdon have suffered from the league’s new One Contracted player rule and
while fast bowler Steve Cheetham continues, they will miss his Lancashire colleague Gareth
Cross (606 runs and 54 wickets) who has moved on.
With former New Zealand Test batsman Lou Vincent back from a successful winter in
Auckland, Nantwich are likely to make another bold bid for the title under Andy Newton
and open at home to Toft, who now have Toby Drummond in charge.
Alderley Edge, with Jason Whittaker at the helm, hope their ground will have dried up to
enable the opening fixture to be staged against Oxton, who also have a new skipper in Chris
Up in the hills, Hyde have former Oulton Park opener Danny Leech making his debut for the
visit of Didsbury and the programme is completed by the visit of Chester Boughton Hall to
Neston. Having abandoned plans to return to New Zealand, Jim Gillson continues to captain
Chester, while 1,000 plus runs batsman Jack Smith still leads Neston.
Macc v Middlewich in Division One
Most intriguing fixture in DIVISION ONE is the clash of relegated Macclesfield, now
captained by Tom Parffett and promoted Middlewich, who will be tasting cricket at this level
for the first time, relying largely on last season’s successful squad.
Also relegated, Widnes may feel out of place outside the top tier for the first time and will be
aiming to bounce back immediately starting with a visit to Irby.
Up from Division Two and celebrating their 125h anniversary season, Bollington – with
Matt Dawson leading - host Christleton who are delighted that 2009 Player of the Year
Iroshan de Silva continues.
Rana Malook’s Cheadle host Upton at Kingsway, while Cheadle Hulme are at home to
Heaton Mersey and Poynton go to Grappenhall
Ashton and Congleton are back
THE re-appearance in the League of Ashton on Mersey and Congleton features the
SECOND DIVISION programme. Both start away from home, Meller Braggins champions
Ashton being led by Mark Timms at Stockport Georgians (Nick Tyers), while Paul
Beaumont’s Congleton go to Bredbury St. Mark’s.
Warrington play their first-ever game at this level at Brooklands, and Timperley, who
have also gone down, travel to Tattenhall, newly captained by wicket-keeper Roy Sandford.
The longest-journey of the day will be made by Birkenhead Park under skipper Chris
Foran, to Marple who have Matthew Shelton at the helm for the first time
David Johnson takes over at Mobberley, who host Sale in the remaining game.
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Early start for Red Insure T20
FIRST and second round games in the new Red Insure T20 have to be played by the end of May and
should be arranged as soon as possible. Dates this season need be notified to T20 coordinator Jon
Hacking, who will appoint local umpires.
First round draw (to be played by May 10): Timperley v Brooklands; Ashton on Mersey v
Grappenhall; Neston v Tattenhall (arranged for Wednesday, April 28 th, 6 p.m.). .
Second round (by May 31st) Timperley or Brooklands v Toft; Bowdon v Urmston; Didsbury v
Bramhall; Marple v Heaton Mersey; Cheadle Hulme v Bollington; Cheadle v Bredbury; Poynton v
Alderley Edge; Hyde v Macclesfield; Ashton or Grappenhall v Mobberley; Middlewich v Sale;
Congleton v Nantwich; Warrington v Oulton Park; Irby v Christleton; Birkenhead Park v Widnes;
Upton v Chester BH; Neston or Tattenhall v Oxton.
Winners on Finals Day at Chester Boughton Hall on Sunday, August 8 th will then go on to represent
the League in the ECB Cockspur Cup competition, facing other winners from the North-West in the
Area Finals on Sunday, August 22nd with Bank Holiday week-end the stand-by date. The winners there
go on to the Regional Finals on Sunday, September 5 th (September 12th), followed by National Finals
Day at the Rose Bowl, Southampton on Wednesday, September 23rd which will be televised live on
Sky. The winners’ prize will be an all-expenses paid 10-day trip to Barbados when they will be entered
into an international pro-am tournament.
Fee to enter the competition has been set at £600 per league. The ECB will deduct this sum from their
annual pay-out to Premier Leagues (normally £9,000). They hope to be able to return £1,500 to each
league in due course through the Sportsmatch programme. This money to used for club ground
63 umpires on combined panel
Following the disbandment of the Supplementary list, there will be 63 members on the combined
Umpires’ panel in 2010, including newcomers Ron Bedson, Nigel Hardern, Graham Harris, Wyn
Harris, Paul Herring, and old favourite Jeff Plumpton.
Leaving the panel are Ravi Chandrasekharan, John Coakley, Steve Goron, Brian Hunter, John Noble,
Jim Shallcross, Mike Talbot-Butler and the late Terry Hill.
With an expected large surplus of umpires in the first six weeks of the season, members on stand-by
will be invited to officiate in 2 nd XI cricket by Appointments secretary Jon Hacking. There is also to be
an exchange sgreement with the Meller Braggins Cheshire League in 2010..
EXPENSES TO RISE: The League Cricket Committee have recommended approval of an increase in
Umpires’ expenses in 2010. The rates are: Premier League up from £33 to £36; First and Second
divisions £30 to £333. T20 games remain at £20. Cheshire Cup and Shield umpires will continue to
ECB Pitch Assessments
FOURTEEN League clubs lined up for ECB Pitch Assessments will be visited by inspectors Paul Agar
or Nick James before the season opens.
A £9,000 grant was allocated by the ECB to the League for these assessments which involve a
thorough inspection of club squares, followed by a fully comprehensive pitch reports with
recommendations for action
David Ewing elected to RFU Council
OXTON cricket chairman David Ewing, 60, has been elected to represent Cheshire on the RFU
Council from July, succeeding the long-serving Mike Lord. This will entail frequent visits to HQ at
Twickenham to make decisions affecting the entire future of the sport in England.
David was forced to retire from active rugby aged 20 when he suffered a detached retina playing for
Old Birkonians, then spent four years serving on the Liverpool Referees’ Society, He then joined the
Cheshire Colts Committee in 1974 and became a North of England Colts selector shortly afterwards.
He was president of Cheshire RFU in 2002 and is currently chairman of Cheshire Youth Rugby.
An opening batsman, David played cricket for Birkenhead School, Oxton and briefly for Cheshire.
Of his Twickenham appointment, he says modestly: “You can now say there will be 56 Old Farts –
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New 4Cs secretary
NEW secretary of the Cheshire Clubs Cricket committee is John Logie Petch, who succeeds Bob
John joined Didsbury as a junior in the 1960s, eventually becoming secretary during the period when
the pavilion was burned down and rebuilt. He played in the 2nd XI which won the Manchester
Association 2nd XI title under David Gane in 1982.
He then joined Hale Barns, serving as Sunday captain, fixture secretary, ground chairman and
secretary. A life member of Lancashire CCC since 1972, he is an associate member of MCC and has
been secretary of the Lancs & Cheshire Cricket Society, a post which he intends to vacate.
A passionate soccer fan, John is a member of the elite 92 Club having attended games at all current
premiership and Football League grounds, as well as being an occasional visitor to Altrincham and
PROVISIONAL date for the renewed annual Challenge Match against Liverpool Competition in 2010
is Sunday, July 11th at Widnes.
There will again be four leagues operating in the Mullaney Trophy tournament which the County
League won in 2009. The first fixture is against the Cheshire League at Sale on Sunday, May 23 rd,
followed by the Merseyside & Southport Alliance at Upton on Sunday, June 27th (to be confirmed) and
the Derbyshire & Cheshire League at Hawk Green on Sunday, September 12 th.
THE League Under 18s will be taking on Liverpool Competition in a one-off game for the North-West
Colts Trophy. This is to be played on a Liverpool ground on a date to be agreed.
10 League clubs enter National
A TOTAL of 10 County League clubs have been accepted for the ECB National championship, with
Grappenhall, Oxton, Urmston and Widnes returning, while Bramhall have dropped out.
The first round draw (Sunday, May 16th) includes:
Group 4: Bradshaw v URMSTON; Fulwood & Broughton v BOWDON.
Group 5: Eagley v OXTON; HYDE v Romiley; GRAPPENHALL v Wallasey.
Group 6: Darwen v NESTON; Highfield v CHESTER BOUGHTON HALL; Heaton v WIDNES.
Group 7: ALDERLEY EDGE v Wolverhampton; West Bromwich Dartmouth v NANTWICH.
CHESHIRE CUP DRAW
THERE will be 56 clubs bidding for the Cheshire Cup and Shield in 2010.
Back in are Chelford, Parkfield Liscard, Warrington, Barnton, Trafford MV, Winsford, Hawk Green,
Glazebury. Out: Hollingworth, Old Parks, Wallasey, Styal, Bowdon Vale, Winnington Park, Cheadle
Hulme Ladybridge, Burnage, The Groves. Premier League clubs are again exempt until round 3.
Draw for Round 1 (May 2): Aston v Trafford MV; Birkenhead St. Mary’s v ASHTON on MERSEY;
Chester CO v Weaverham; WARRINGTON v BROOKLANDS; Lymm OP v Hawk Green. Remainder
have byes: Round 2 is on May 16; Round 3 on June 13th, round 4 on June 27th; round 5 on July 25th;
the semi-finals on August 8th; the final on August 30th.
DEATHS OF BILLY BARDSLEY, ALAN BARRATT
THE funeral took place at Stockport Crematorium on April 1 st of former Cheadle batsman BILLY
BARDSLEY, aged 73. Born at Gatley, he was educated at Moseley Hall GS and Nottingham
University and captained the UAU team in 1958. Billy played for Cheadle for many years as an
aggressive opening left hand batsman and fine cover point. He appeared irregularly for Cheshire from
One of the best medium-fast bowlers to have graced the League, ALAN BARRATT died on Monday,
April 5th aged 74. Fighting long-term cancer he had been in hospital for four months and recently fell
out of bed and broke his pelvis.
Alan was a fine bowler with Ashton on Mersey, where he set up a formidable new ball partnership
with Eddie Baker, then Brooklands, also playing once for Cheshire in 1956. He was born at Seaham
Harbour in County Durham in 1936 and on moving to the North-West, was educated at Sale GS and
Manchester University. Alan was the first choice opening bowler for League representative teams for
more than five years from 1975.
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Bunbury Festival in Cheshire
THE prestigous ESCA Bunbury Festival is to be hosted by the Cheshire Schools Cricket Association in
July. It will involve the top 50 Under 15 players in English cricket. The programme is (all 11 a.m.):
Monday, July 26: London & East v Midlands (at Chester B. Hall); North v South & West (Tattenhall).
Tuesday, July 27: North v London & East (Neston); South & West v Midlands (Christleton).
Wednesday, July 28: Match A: Midlands v South & West (Neston main ground); T20 Match B:
London & East v North (Neston second ground).
Thursday, July 29: North v Midlands (Tattenhall); London & East v South & West (Alvanley).
Friday, July 30: Winners Match A v Winners Match B (Chester main ground); T20 Losers Match A v
Match B (Chester second ground).
Overseas players registered
THE following applications to register Overseas players were approved up to April 5 th:
ASHTON on MERSEY: Sifiso Clive Jomo Mbili (South African all-rounder, aged 28)
BOLLINGTON: Aaron Hazlewood (Australian all-rounder, 21); elder brother of Josh Hazlewood, Man
of the Match in Australia’s recent World Under 19s Cup final victory against Pakistan).
BRAMHALL: Kieron O’Connor (Australian all-rounder, 20), returning for second season.
BREDBURY ST. MARK’s: Peter Zybrands (Australian batsman). Returns to play for second of last
CHEADLE HULME: Dan Schuppan (Australian all-rounder). Played for Cheadle in 2007, scoring 560
runs and taking 63 wickets.
CONGLETON: Jerrym Lamb (NZ batsman). A top player in Marlborough District cricket, South
Island; highly recommended by Eddie Gilhooley, now head of Marlborough Cricket.
HEATON MERSEY: Gareth Basson (South African all-rounder, 25). Stands 6 ft. 4 ins and has
appeared in Zwa Zulu Natal premier league.,
IRBY: William Passas (Australian batsman, 22). Played with Irby captain Steve Hurworth at Randwick
NESTON: Bradley Rasool (South African born wicket-keeper/batsman, now living in Australia) aged
23). Became first overseas player-coach at Trinity College Dublin in 2009.
UPTON: George Earl (NZ batsman). Returning for second season.
Overseas exempt: Irishan de Silva (Christleton); Jack Smith (Neston); Steve Heydon (Warrington).
WARRINGTON: Dan Pascoe (Australian all-rounder). Was big success at Cheadle in 2007, scoring
563 runs and taking 63 wickets.
Further applications should be made to the Competition secretary on the form provided, together with
a full cv. Forms have been distributed, but are available by e-mail from MTB and from the League
website. Applications for County Contracted players and Overseas exempt players (those resident in
the UK for between two and four years) also need to be made.
IN BRIEF ………..
*MEETINGS TO MERGE
THE League are planning to merge their January Rules meeting and AGM in 2111. Provisional date is
Wednesday, January 26th, at Bowdon. If confirmed, this will mean an alteration of the separate dates
for the meetings printed in the 2010 handbook.
* CROFTY BOOKED
FORMER Glamorgan and England off-spinner Robert Croft will be the speaker at the 2010 League
Presentation Dinner. He will be supported as MC by Sky Darts guru John Gwynne at Mere Golf &
Country Club on Friday, October 1st. Prices will unchanged and bar prices may be reduced.
* DIXON TO PLAY 3rd XI CRICKET
PERMISSION has been granted for Gary Dixon to play regular 3rd XI Sunday Division 3 West
cricket at Oxton in 2010. The League Junior Chairman is to act as team manager for Oxton’s Premier
league side for whom he appeared regularly in 2009.
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*FIRST CHESHIRE GAMES
CHESHIRE begin their Minor Counties Knock-out programme with group matches against Shropshire
at Marple on Sunday, May 2nd, followed by Northumberland at Jesmond on May 9th, Staffs.at
Grappenhall on May 16th and Cumberland at Netherfield on May 22nd.
* 3rd XI FIXTURE CHANGES
ALL applications for 3rd XI fixture changes in 2010 should be channelled through Peter Lawson, the
3rd XI Divisions 3 – 5 Fixture secretary. His remit covers Saturday and Sunday cricket.
* PETER BOLGER IS A THESPIAN
MISSING from the March Cricket committee meeting was Peter Bolger, currently playing the lead
role in Guide Bridge Theatre’s production of “The Weekend” by Michael Palin.
The story centres round main character Stephen Feeble, a miserable, sarcastic alcoholic played by the
long-serving Hyde man. His good friend and fellow committeeman Peter Lawson quips: “Peter is
never better than when playing himself ”.
Another keen thespian is Assistant secretary Tony Morris, a leading light in Moulton Players.
* CO-AUTHOR WELLSTEED
LEAGUE Secretary Geoff Wellsteed has co-authored what the cover claims to be A Cricket Book Like
No Other entitled “Inns and Outs”, with colleague Anthony Collis. The publication attempts to list
every cricket-themed inn sign and pub name in the UK and distinguished cricket writer David Frith has
supplied the foreword.
The hard-backed A4 size book, which contains 200 pages and 30 full colour plates, will be on sale for
£18 plus postage from the summer of 2010. Subscribers will get a £3 discount if they pay by May 31 st
via Square Leg publications, 34a, Chawn Hill, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY9 7JB.
* OVERS LIMIT RELAXED FOR JUNIORS
ECB have relaxed the rules restricting the number of overs to be bowled by teenage fast bowlers in
recreational cricket in 2010.
Bowlers under 13 will be able to bowl five-over spells with a total of 10 in a day. Under 14s and
Under 15s can bowl six over spells and 12 in total, while Under 16s / 17s / 18s / 19s can bowl spells of
seven overs, with a maximum of 18 in a day.
* OVER 60s NEEDED
CHESHIRE Over 60s team manager Andy Hurworth needs more players for his 2010 fixtures. Anyone
interested should contact him on 0151 648 3674 (h) or 07765 272 691 (mobile) or by e-mail on
email@example.com The eight-match programme starts away to Northumberland & Durham on
Tuesday, May 11th.
Cheshire Over 50s open with their traditional friendly against Shropshire at Bomere Heath on
Wednesday, May 5th.
* NORTH CHESHIRE RADIO
AFTER overtures by Ashley assistant secretary Brian Birtles, there is a chance the newly-launched
North Cheshire Radio may feature cricket in the county next season.
Producer Peter Brettle has promised that when the station is fully-established he will consider
promoting cricket among other local sports.
The newly-formed Wythenshawe Radio is also aiming to cover cricket within a 20 miles radius.
* DISCOUNTED KIT
BASED at Longsight, ND Sports will again be supplying Cheshire County Club’s kit this season.
The company’s Marketing Manager Nafees Din invites League clubs and / or players seeking
discount to contact him on 07973 916 633.
* TOURING CLUBS SEEK FIXTURES
SOUTHEND CC from the Essex premier League are touring the Chester area of from August 15 – 20
and are seeking fixtures for all days. Contact can be made through Neston’s Andy Roberts at 0207 237
1928; 0207 732 2276 or on 07944 926 643 (mobile).
South Notts League club Southwell plan a tour of Cheshire during August and are seeking mid-week
fixtures. Contact Sam Grimley on 07841 521 796 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Last look round the clubs …
ALDERLEY EDGE: New 1st XI captain is experienced seam bowler Jason Whittaker, succeeding
Mark Walker who has left to join Cheshire League promotion candidates Northwich. Jason will not be
playing for Cheshire this season due to school-teaching commitment.
Long-time scorer Mike Day becomes chairman.
No 3rd XI cricket will be played at Alderley this season as the club have opted for Sunday friendlies.
ALVANLEY have a 1.5 ton Greens roller for sale and say any reasonable offer will be accepted. It is
of the crank-shaft, diesel type and is approximately 40 years old. The purchaser will need to provide
transport. Contact Andy Bennion: tel. 07812 207 571.
ASHTON on MERSEY will be captained by Mark Timms when they re-enter the League in April.
Peter Timms takes over as Secretary.
BIRKENHEAD PARK: David Evans becomes chairman and Martin Meehan secretary, with Chris
Foran taking on the 1st XI captaincy.
BOLLINGTON: It’s all change at the start of the 125th anniversary season back in Division One.
Former Cheshire RU captain Colin Rowe takes over as chairman, succeeding Chris Murray, now
president; Matt Dawson is 1st XI captain and Gary Wood returns after his third ‘retirement’ to lead the
League Young Player of the Year nominee Calum Rowe has enjoyed a successful season in New
South Wales grade cricket with Bective East.
Bolly are seeking to arrange Sunday friendlies: contact Colin Rowe.
Carl Hey captains Bowdon
Cumberland batsman Carl Hey becomes 1st XI captain from Antony Crozier at Bowdon. Outstanding
and now near-veteran wicket-keeper Steve Bramhall continues, as does Cheshire left-arm paceman
Adam Syddall. Lancashire paceman Steve Cheetham will again be registered as a County contracted
player, but outstanding Lancashire all-rounder Gareth Cross moves on.
BRAMHALL. Nick Cantello continues to captain following promotion to the Premier League. Nick’s
football team is going in the opposite direction and he will be watching Stockport County in League
Two next season.
Chairman Peter Lawson reports that work is not yet complete due to weather delays on a new four-
lane net facility financed by a large ECB grant plus club funding.
BREDBURY ST. MARK’s. What would the Pennine road club do without the redoubtable Dave
Downes, who becomes 4th XI contact in addition to retaining the posts of Secretary, Fixture Secretary
and League rep? Paul Wood carries on as 1st XI skipper.
BROOKLANDS: Jeff Marland remains in the chair, while Dave Madden continues to lead the 1 st XI.
Tom Mitchell is to captain the twos and Mel Brooke will run the Forties.
CHEADLE. Rana Malook replaces Jonny Reeh as 1st XI captain, with Jack Poulton and Andy Taylor
continuing to lead the twos and threes respectively. The newly-formed 4th XI is to be captained by
Richard Browne, with David Baron leading the Forties.
Extensive pavilion refurbishments have been completed and are expected to impress visiting clubs.
CHEADLE HULME. Veteran Ewan McCray continues as 1st XI captain, with Mike Stewart
remaining in the chair and Richard Battye taking over from Justin Goulding as secretary.
Fast bowler Matt Higginbottom has left to play Derbyshire Premier League cricket with Chesterfield.
easurer Bob Worsley has an interesting e-mail address which suggests how he spends his leisure time:
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CHESTER BOUGHTON HALL: Chester are set to register an alternative Overseas player after
scrapping plans for the return of West Indian all-rounder Darren Cruikshank following his first-class
debut for Trinidad.
Wicket-keeper Steve Ogilby is back from Nantwich, while Maroof Khan and Trevor Fabien both
continue. Freddie Owen will not be available until July due to Cambridge University commitments.
Over 40s skipper Chris Fleet has moved to live at Rossett in North Wales, chairman Jim Law moving
in to his former home overlooking the ground.
CHRISTLETON: Paul Allen continues as captain and all his fellow officers also carry on. Now
living at Chester, Paul represented England in the World Deaf Cup in New Zealand during the winter.
CONGLETON: Paul Beaumont and Matt Hunter continue as 1st and 2 nd XI captains respectively,
while Matt Miller takes over the thirds. Gavin Wolfenden has been re-elected chairman with Mike
Kitton serving both as president and league rep. Liz Cardall takes over as secretary.
DIDSBURY. Duncan Anderson continues as chairman and Paul Sperring 1 st XI captain.
GRAPPENHALL. Steve Titchard remains 1st XI captain and has been promoted at Old Trafford to
become the Lancashire Cricket Board’s new Performance Manager. ExLeigh left arm paceman Mike
Holden takes over the 2nd XI captaincy.
HEATON MERSEY. All captains have been re-elected including the 1st XI’s Mark Bennett, who has
been named in the Loughborough University squad by coach Graham Dilley.
Danny Leech joins Hyde
Principal winter acquisition at Werneth Low is the outstanding Oulton Park and Cheshire batsman
Danny Leech, now working in Manchester. James Duffy remains 1 st XI captain, but may not be
regularly available for Cheshire following a schoolteaching appointment.
Peter Hardman continues in the unusual dual role of chairman and groundsman.
IRBY: The Mill Hill Road club are pleased with the efforts of their senior officers last season, all being
re-elected. Mike Newman thus continues as chairman, Andy Jones as secretary and Steve Hurworth as
1st XI captain.
MACCLESFIELD. Tom Parfett takes over the captaincy from Barney Cutbill , while Steve Horrocks
remains chairman. All-rounder Craig Melrose is expected back after a season out due to work
The club are in advanced negotiations with third parties concerning their Victoria road ground and
proposed new sites. It is hoped that more definite news will be released by mid-summer regarding
development of a new ground by 2012 or 2013.
MARPLE’S Keith McGuffie and James Crisall successfully completed a marathon charity cycle ride
from Lands End to John o’Groats from March 3 rd – 15th, pounding the 900 miles route at about 80- 90
miles per day. They raised more than £6,000 between them, but Keith admits: “I knew it was going to
be hard, but that was really tough. Never again!”.
With Andy Greasley taking over the chairmanship, Matt Shelton becomes 1 st XI captain
Groundsman Mike Hibbert and helpers are busy working on net refurbishment for pre-season practice
and are also installing an electronic scoreboard which will be ready by the end of April.
2009 Overseas player Dominic Michael scored 30 runs in an over playing in Brisbane Northern
Suburbs Grade One cricket.
MIDDLEWICH. Re-elected skipper and sponsor James Cornford has persuaded former Haddon Field
favourite Lee Challinor to return for the club’s first venture in Division One cricket. Otherwise he plans
to rely on the squad which earned promotion last September.
Richard Goulding and Steve Worthington continue as chairman and secretary respectively, while
Gavin Twigg becomes 3rd XI skipper.
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MOBBERLEY. David Johnson becomes 1st XI captain with Tim Boyle secretary.
Star winter signing is Bollington all-rounder Abdul Aqeel.
A £900 grant has come from Manchester Airports Authority, under whose flight-path the ground lies,
to provide new pavilion lighting. Adjoining land has been purchased for use as an overspill carpark
and to store covers.
NANTWICH. 2009 Overseas player Lou Vincent has been in his native New Zealand playing one-
day cricket with Auckland Aces during the winter. Lou scored 105 against Wellington Firebirds in a
match in which his England Test colleague Ravi Bopara failed to reach the crease. Lou will be back in
in 2010, when Andy Newton’s team will include former Barnt Green wicket-keeper Matt Anderson,
former Little Stoke and Staffs batsman George Cairns and Dave Ferris from Porthill Park as coach.
NESTON have acquired North-Wales based former Macclesfield and Cheshire pace-bowler James
Hawley and teenage Upton batsman Luke Camden. Quick bowler Andy Clarke may be available more
often in 2010 between his MCC Young Cricketers’ activities. On the negative side, star teenage
batsman David Hurst has suffered major ankle damage training at Durham University and an operation
could keep him out of cricket until August.
Stan Clifford, one of the club’s best post-war all-rounders has retired from 1st XI cricket, but expects
to play for the Over 40s.
Former Neston and Alderley Edge all-rounder Simon Marshall helped Bamford Fieldhouse retain the
Saddleworth League title in 2009 and will be staying “in the hills” this season.
Parkgate is to stage a 2nd round 2nd XI 40 overs game against Durham or Yorklshire on Bak Holidfay
Mnonday, Mau 31st (11.30 a.m.).
Dumelow leads champions again
OULTON PARK have re-elected Nathan Dumelow as captain, ending rumours that the outstanding
Cheshire all-rounder may be on the move. Veteran spinner Chris Jones will be vice captain. Opening
bowler Robin Taylor becomes coach. Rick Moore and Craig Williamson have been named in a
Leeds/Bradford UCCE party for a pre-season tour to South Africa. Batsman Louis Bentley and Nick
James have been playing Aussie grade cricket in Melbourne, with Louis hitting several centuries.
Ken Torlop is the new chairman with Robert Wood appointed Secretary and Fixture secretary.
The Egerton Arms pub adjoining the ground has been closed and visiting teams will be offered post-
match refreshment in the pavilion and then at the nearby Red Lion.
OXTON will be skippered by Cheshire left-hander Chris Davies, with John Fennah leading the 2 nd XI
and John Mitchell the thirds. The newly-assembled 4th XI to be known as the Academy XI will attempt
to attract younger players and will be captained jointly by Darrin Clark and Dion Kelly, with Geoff
Dewhurst leading the new Sunday XI.
Oxton plan to register IPL player Amit Uniyal from Rajasthan Royals as their Overseas man.
POYNTON 1st XI captain Paul Gould continues, while Tom Hamnett leads the twos.
Money has been spent improving ground conditions, including work on the square and a new set of
covers. No Overseas player is to be engaged in 2010.
SALE: The only joint chairmen in the League, Mike Wilkes and Matthew Savka, replace Rob Moore,
who has been appointed Club president. John O’Donnell continues as secretary and is to be invited to
join the League Cricket committee. Jamal Banzafar again leads the 1 st XI.
Outstanding all-rounder Hassan Khan remains to boost Sale’s promotion credentials.
STOCKPORT GEORGIANS: Nick Tyers is 1st XI captain succeeding Chris Tarberner after a six-
season stint. Nick’s season ended prematurely with a ruptured Achilles. John Baines, who is to lead
the 2nd XI has an amusing e-mail address: email@example.com.
Georgians’ Kyle Topping played for England against Australia and South Africa in a tripartite MLD
(Moderate Learning Difficulty) competition Down Under during the winter.
Georgians are selling a redundant set of four aluminium full-length covers which they believe would
suit a second ground or practice wicket. They are approx. 9 feet x 18 feet, steel-framed with hoses and
need to be sold before the start of the season. Contact Hayden Bailey, tel. 07791 602 954 (mobile);
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TATTENHALL have a new 1st XI captain in wicket-keeper Roy Sandford, succeeding Rob Mulvihill,
who has joined Liverpool. Ewan Drake leads the twos. Groundsman Brian Jerrard succeeds the late
Graham Davidson as League rep.
An ECB grant has enabled the construction of a new three-bay practice net facility which is expected
to be ready by April 17th. Top batsman John Gibbon has built a handsome new patio at the front of the
A lucrative Gents Only fund-raiser was held on Wednesday, March 17th when former Barclays Bank
manager David Kendall, was guest speaker.
The club, who advertised for new players in the March issue of Wisden Cricket Monthly will have a
partner for Mel Doobson in the spin-bowling department with the acquisition of Oulton Park’s Craig
TIMPERLEY start life in Division Two with Robin Maddocks in the chair. Simon Thompson
continues as secretary, but stands down from the League Cricket Committee due to domestic
Mike Bishop again leads the 1st XI
TOFT. Former Academy coach Toby Drummond takes over the captaincy from Andy Bones. All
other senior officers have been re-elected.
Peter Clark is Upton chairman
LONG-serving player and committeeman Peter Clark, who did so much to make the T20 Finals at Old
Greasby Road such a success last season, becomes chairman. Eric Anderton has been appointed
secretary. Ian Linwood continues as 1st XI skipper.
URMSTON. All officers have been re-elected as the Moorside Road club return to the Premier
Five players who appeared in Australian grade cricket during the winter were Jon Skelley, James
Knight-Gregson, Billy Roberts, Luke Durkan (Altona) and Craig Grindley at Joondalup (Perth), where
he has now settled.
Principal sponsors Lechler UK have agreed to match fund all the club’s sponsorship and fund-raising
income up to £7,000.
Former Somerset and England spinner and TMS commentator Vic Marks was the speaker at the pre-
season dinner on March 15th.
A new £50,000 three-lane outdoor net facility will be formally opened on Sunday, April 11th with an
open day, which features a 1st XI T20 friendly against neighbours Roe Green.
A grant of £9,337 has been received from Sport England to cover the cost of new covers, water
removal machines and plastic sheeting.
WARRINGTON. Following relegation to Division Two for the first time, Warrington have shown
confidence in their officers by re-electing all from chairman Gary Musker to 4th XI captain Mike
Groundsman Paul Agar, who has played for the club in all 35 League seasons, plans to continue in 2nd
XI cricket in 2010.
A handsome new four lane practice facility has been laid down and is due to be opened by the Mayor
in early April. .
WIDNES: Long-serving clubman Peter Hewitt is the new chairman at Beaconsfield Road, succeeding
Robin Faulkner, who becomes president. Robin succeeds 90 year-old Gordon Gilmour after 26 years in
office. Gordon joined the club back in 1933.
Re-elected 1st XI captain is Ian Spencer while Phil Catterall takes over the 2 nd XI and Steve Duckers
becomes Cricket secretary. .
Former junior star Ben Williams, 17, now head pupil at Shrewsbury School, expects the
Warwickshire Academy to be claim his services for much of the new season.
Richard Evans has ended his playing days at Widnes after 30 years. A member of the Widnes team
which enjoyed lengthy runs in the National knock-out in the 1980s, he scored 6,500 runs for the club
before and after joining the County League.
An ex-chairman and former successful first teamer and scorer of 5,000 club runs, Steve Walton has
joined the League Umpires panel.
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Death of Alec Bedser
ANOTHER boyhood hero bites the dust with the sad death on Sunday, April 4th of Sir Alec Bedser, at
91 England’s oldest living Test cricketer, the man who claimed to be the first bowler knighted since Sir
He could be cranky at times: MTB/WTB recall leaving the lovely Adelaide ground in January, 1995
just having watched England beat Australia for the only time in the series and, seeing Alec and his twin
Eric we called out: “What a great win, gentlemen!” To which my idol replied: “It’s been done before –
and better in our day”, before the inseparables marched off robot-like along the banks of the Torrens
River up towards the city.
Let’s remember, though, Alec did bowl Don Bradman out for a duck on that same ground 48 years
2010 Handbook is out
THE 2010 handbook is due to be delivered by Delmar Press direct to Warrington Sports Club in time
for the pre-season League management meeting at Warrington.
Sincere thanks are expressed to 32 advertisers including the (very few) clubs who responded to
invitations. Thanks also to Allan Sherratt in particular and clubs who contributed pictures; also to
colleagues who supplied statistical information.
Full member clubs receive the first 20 copies free of charge. The cost per copy of the remainder and
to associate members is £3.
Casual sales are £3.50 per copy plus 50p postage; cheques to Cheshire County Cricket League.
NEWSLETTER. The League Newsletter will be circulated weekly from April 19 th to mid-
September. It goes out by e-mail - and where requested to official club representatives by post - free
of charge. Anyone else who would like to receive the Newsletter by post should contact MTB: a
small charge will be made to cover postage etc.
Anagrams: did you know that ………
ASTONOMER: translates to ………
Rope Ends It
He Bugs Gore
THE MORSE CODE:
Here Come Dots
Alas: No More Zs
I’m Dot in Place
ELEVEN PLUS TWO:
Twelve Plus One
MOTHER IN LAW:
Lastly, and topically …
Lies: Let’s Recount.
“G’day Ma’am, I’m a little stiff from bowling”
“Ah! That’s where you are from, I was wondering”.
Royal Family member to Arthur Mailey at Lord’s in 1921.
Mike.firstname.lastname@example.org: April 6 / 2010