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:-
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:-
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This is an interesting article on the BBC web site – see link above
Talking of cricket in Germany there is a fascinating book that is well worth reading on this subject called Field of Shadows by Don Waddell (published 2014). It is all about a cricket tour of Nazi Germany in 1937 by a the Gentleman of Worcestershire.
And the reason for this posting? It’s the cricket season in England for goodness sake and we have been hijacked by football!
The BBC has the story if you can summon up the will to read it! English cricket really has hit rock bottom.
It’s funny you know, when many folk were rejoicing in the English victory over the Australians back in the summer of 2013 I could not help but think that England had more scraped through the Test matches rather than won them well. I seriously feared that all would not go well down under, Oh how I wish I had been wrong.
Some time ago (July 2012) I posted that I had been made aware that Labour run Maghull Town Council had maybe seen an opportunity to try to make a few bob from Maghull Cricket Club by upping the Club’s rent.
This club really is a first rate community organisation that does a lot with its numerous youth teams. On that basis I decided to put a marker down at the last Town Council meeting. I asked what the Council’s objectives were and as far as I could work out from the answer it was all about money.
If this excellent Club is damaged by the Town Council’s fishing expedition to see if there is any money to be had I would bet on there being quite a reaction; one that the Council may not have bargained for.
Knowing the price of everything but the value of nothing comes to mind.