Southport – A grand day out at the cricket

1st Division County Championship Cricket returned to Southport & Birkdale’s ground yesterday. It was the first day of a four day game Lancashire V Worcestershire.

The weather, so important to a cricket match, held too although it was a little chilly for the first hour of play. There was a big crowd too packed into the compact ground which is right next to the Liverpool – Southport railway line.

Worcestershire batted first and they were all out for 222 with Lancs seemingly in difficulties at 96 for 5 at the close of play. The batsman of the day was undoubtedly Brett D’Oliveria grandson of the world famous cricketer Basil D’Oliveria. Here’s a photo of Brett batting with a link to Worcestershire CCC’s page about him and his famous grandad:-

www.wccc.co.uk/players/brett-doliveira/

A lovely relaxing day at the cricket and for £10 it’s good value when you consider the prices of going to see any professional sport these days. Well done to the Birkdale Club for putting on another excellent game, here’s to next year.

The lead photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Click on any of the photos to enlarge them

Football in black and white? A remarkable story from 1979

www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37924448

The BBC has the story on its web site – see link above

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This was less than 40 years ago! Goodness me what a strange thing to do from the perspective of 2016, it certainly makes me feel very uncomfortable.

If we did things like this in 1979 just imagine how our society would regress if we really did go back to that 1950’s view of the world that some seem to crave!

This football match was, considering the time, probably well meaning. The segregation of black and white players into what were racial/ethnic teams was not seemingly seen to be an issue even though it was taking place at a time when South African apartheid was high on the world agenda.

So glad we have moved on, well most of us have anyway………….

Picture credit Laurie Rampling