Whilst I’ve always been a supporter of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club (because I’m a Nott’s lad) I have equally always had great affection for Lancashire (I’ve lived in the Lancs since the the age of 6) so the video linked below unsurprisingly caught my eye on You Tube:-
Hearing David Lloyd talk about Lancashire’s 3 greatest overseas players – Farokh Engineer, Clive Lloyd & Wasim Akram reminded me that Notts too had 3 similar greats – Gary Sobers, Clive Rice & Richard Hadlee.
The demise of Nottinghamshire CCC with regard to ‘Red Ball’ cricket has been astonishing – They’ve not won a County Championship match since June 2018 and seemingly counting! Then out of the blue Notts post 268 for 2 against Lancs on the opening day of the current Bob Willis Trophy match at Trent Bridge yesterday. But sadly all I could think of at close of play was how can Notts contrive to lose from such a commanding position? Having been in seemingly winning positions against both Derbyshire & Yorkshire this season Notts have chucked it all away each time so you can bet that Lancs will expecting the same to apply……..
Sadly there are no big names in either squad for this 4 day match but then again county cricket rarely sees the best from across the world playing these days. 365 day a year international cricket could well be killing county cricket off……….
Sunny Southport’s Cricket Ground
My love of cricket will be known to people who drop into this blog-site and that one of my Nottinghamshire cricketing heroes is the legendary fast bowler Harold Larwood – we both originate from the same district of Notts, Kirkby-In-Ashfield. But being a Notts lad exiled on Merseyside my cricket watching has been Lancashire based via catching County Championship matches at Aigburth (Liverpool) and Birkdale (Southport) for many a year.
The other day, You Tube, suggested a video to me about Patrick Patterson, probably the fastest bowler of modern day cricket. I watched said video (linked below) which has more than a tinge of sadness about it as seemingly Patrick can’t really remember much about his playing days.
And what’s all this got to do with Southport? Well Patrick played for Lancashire from 1984 to 1990 and from checking the LCCC website archives I identified that he played at Southport’s Trafalgar Road ground in August 1984 against Northants and in July 1987 against Warwickshire. I was at one of those matches, I may have been at both, but my memory is hazy as to whether I was there in 1984 & 1987. Chances are that I was there with my old chum Chris Reilly and probably other Bootle Inland Revenue colleagues as many of the male members of staff would often take a day off to watch the cricket when Lancs were playing locally.
But what my memory is very clear about is the bowling of Patrick at the ground on the occasion I saw him. I recall that he started his run-up outside the playing area i.e. beyond the boundary rope within the crowd. He bowled incredibly fast and with Trafalgar Road being a smallish ground when he bowled a bouncer which evaded batsman and keeper it could and easily did make the boundary for 4 byes/wides!
On a sunny day there’s nothing quite like watching County Championship Cricket at Trafalgar Road and it is a matter of some sadness and frustration that Lancashire seem reluctant to make it an annual fixture of recent seasons. Here’s a link to the matches that have been played at the ground, the last one being 2018:-
Note:- Click on the photos to enlarge them. Neither were taken when Patrick Paterson was playing I might add.
So I went, yesterday in fact, and had a grand day out at the cricket.
Lancashire County Cricket Club have been on their annual visit to Birkdale Cricket Ground and it is always a delight to be there even though I support Nottinghamshire CCC. I went to watch the 3rd day’s play in the 4 day 1st Division County Championship match against Durham and took these photos:-
Sunny Southport’s Cricket Match
Marking out the hallowed turf
Waiting for a slip up!
This one got what for
Should’ve gone to put the bails on – (Specsavers are the sponsors)
Click on the photos to enlarge them. By the way Lancashire were batting all day and Durham were fielding.
I found a shady spot under some trees by the railway line and had a lovely relaxing day out. It must have been a near capacity crowd, I don’t think I have ever seen so many people in Birkdale Cricket Ground. What’s more the weather was cracking the flags; real cricket weather in Sunny Southport.
The 5 photos are also on my Flickr pages at:-
Great news that Southport will yet again be hosting a County Championship match in 2016.
The match is against Durham on the 16th, 17th, 18th, & 19th of July at Birkdale Cricket Ground.
Pictured above is Glen Chapple – Lancashire County cricketer. An all-rounder who represented England in a single One Day International, as well as performing well for Lancashire over many years. He bowls right-arm fast-medium, and is a right-handed batsman.- pictured here at Southport’s Birkdale ground in May 2015. On this occasion he was not playing in Lancs County Championship match against Derbyshire but was out coaching a young bowler during a lunch interval.
The photo above is also amongst my Flickr shots at:-
It was hardy Sunny Southport yesterday morning indeed in was more like Shivering Southport! But the sun came out in the afternoon and a great day out was had despite the strong wind at Birkdale Cricket Ground.
Lancashire’s Glen Chappel training the next generation of the Red Rose.
Seeing Lancashire’s South African batsman Ashwell Prince get his double hundred was something I had not previously witnessed on a cricket ground and it was well deserved.
Derbyshire batsmen Chesney Hughes & Benjamin Slater meet in the middle to work out how to keep the Lancs bowlers out.
A lot of new faces in the Lancashire Team these days as they strive to get back into the 1st Division of the County Championship. Based on what I saw today they stand a good chance of doing it but I just hope it is not at the expense of my team Notts who seem to be doing all they can to get themselves relegated at present!
This score of 900 for Lancashire had the crowd laughing. The scorer had made a slight error it should have read 400.
With Derbyshire 58 runs behind with 3 second innings wickets down the last day looks set up but unfortunately I can’t be there.
The last photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-
The BBC has the sad story – see link above:-
Yes, I know I am a Notts supporter but I always spend a day or two watching Lancs play at Liverpool or Southport each season. A sad day for Lancashire cricket fans indeed. What with Yorkshire being County Champions it has been a beggar of a season!