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:-
This season has been fascinating for a cricket fan like me what with the Australians being over and my team Notts winning the 40 over one day competition.
It’s been an odd season for Notts though as they have hardly been able to win a County Championship 1st Division match for toffee yet have been very successful in the shorter form of the game. Thanks to Derbyshire getting badly beaten in their last game of the County Championship season and Notts gaining their umpteenth draw we survived to fight another season in the 1st Division.
It was great to Lancashire gaining promotion from the 2nd Division despite them surprisingly losing their last match. In fact it was their only defeat in the County Championship 2nd Division this year and promotion was already assured.
It would be great if when next year’s fixtures come out that Lancs V Notts could be at Birkdale but maybe that is wishing too much. Just to get any County Championship at Birkdale may well be struggle, but let’s hope.
The ‘Square’ at Southport Cricket Ground