Come to Sunny Southport the advert said……

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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

Sunny Southport’s Cricket Match

Marking out the hallowed turf

Marking out the hallowed turf

Waiting for a slip up!

Waiting for a slip up!

This one got what for

This one got what for

Should've gone to put the bails on - (Specsavers are the sponsors)

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:-

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

Southport – 1st Class Cricket returns again in 2016

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.

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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:-

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

Southport – Lancashire V Derbyshire – A day at the cricket

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.

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Lancashire's Glen Chappel training the next generation of the Red Rose.

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.

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.

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

Lancashire Relegated as match with Middlesex is drawn

www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cricket/29371053

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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!

Lancashire V Nottinghamshire – 2 poor teams slug it out

I went to watch what turned out to be the last day of the County Championship match at Liverpool Cricket Club’s Aigburth ground yesterday and whilst it was a great finish (Notts winning by one wicket) you could not but think how poor the batting was on both sides.

The Lancs tail seemed to prove this by showing how well it was possible to bat on the pitch at the end of their second innings.

A win for Notts is welcome but they will have to re-learn the art of batting if they really are to be serious contenders for the championship this year. As for Lancs they do need to get a couple of wins under their belt otherwise Division 2 will beckon them once again.

Here are a few shots I took on what was a lovely Liverpool day:-

Liverpool Cricket Club's grand pavilion

Liverpool Cricket Club’s grand pavilion

Under the Umpire's watchful eye

Under the Umpire’s watchful eye

Flying the winner's flag

Flying the winner’s flag

A Lancs batsman under pressure

A Lancs batsman under pressure

These photos are amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Notts bash Lancs as English cricket season starts

I always get a good feeling when the cricket season starts after a long winter. This year was all the better as my team Nottinghamshire won their opening Division 1 County Championship match against Lancashire.

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Notts had a poorish season last year last year in the County Championship and almost got themselves relegated to Division 2. Lancs on the other hand had a good season by winning the 2nd Division Championship and gaining promotion to Division 1.

The return match between Lancs and Notts is at Aigburth Cricket Ground in Liverpool on 13th July.