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 PRE-SEASON 2012

 

 

milieu small.jpgMARCH - NEWLY APPOINTED PROFESSIONAL MADURA LAKMAL PERERA HAS COMPLETED HIS FIRST CLASS SEASON IN SRI LANKA AND WILL BE RARING TO GO WHEN HE ARRIVES IN ENGLAND. ALL BEING WELL, HE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY MILINDU ATHAUDA, WHO ENCOUNTERED VISA PROBLEMS LAST YEAR AND DIDN’T MAKE IT. MILLA, WHO DELIGHTS IN THE FULL NAME OF ATHAUDA ARACHCHILAGE DON MILINDU NUWANTHA ATHAUDA, WILL HOPEFULLY, WHEN THE LAST BITS OF PAPERWORK AND ADMIN ARE COMPLETED, ARRIVE ON THE SAME FLIGHT AS MADURA AND EGERTON PRO  AMAL ATHULATHMUDALI ON APRIL 12TH.

 

 

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MARCH - SCOTT BRADLEY WILL BE LEAVING BRITAIN FOR AUSTRALIA IN JUNE FOR A 12 MONTH WORKING CONTRACT. ALL BEING WELL HE HOPES TO STAY ON AND MAKE A NEW LIFE DOWN UNDER.

 

 

FEB - THE FIRST XI WILL PLAY KEARSLEY AT HOME ON SATURDAY APRIL 14TH, THE DAY BEFORE THE LEAGUE SEASON STARTS. ALL FIXTURES ARE NOW POSTED, INCLUDING JUNIORS.

 

IMG_0406.JPGIMG_0403.JPGFEB 12TH – HERE’S OLLIE HOBNOBBING WITH HIS NEW AUSSIE PALS. PITY ABOUT THE HAT OLLIE. I TOLD OLLIE IT WAS VERY KIND OF HIM TO THINK OF US IN SIGNING UP MESSRS PONTING AND LEE, BUT WE’VE GOT DANNY AND ADAM SO WE DON’T NEED THEM.

 

HE RECKONS HE’S REALLY MISSING THE COLD WEATHER AND THE SNOW. SEEMS THAT HE’S FINALLY SNAPPED.

FEB 14TH - THE CLUB HAS BEEN DRAWN AT HOME TO CARNFORTH CC OF THE NORTHERN LEAGUE IN ROUND 1 ON SUNDAY APRIL 8TH. FOUNDED IN 1869, THEY WERE THE LAST TEAM TO JOIN THE NORTHERN LEAGUE IN 2006 AFTER A LONG ASSOCIATION WITH THE NORTH LANCASHIRE LEAGUE, WHICH THEY JOINED IN 1923. THEIR HISTORY THROWS UP A REMARKABLE SIMILARITY WITH OUR OWN IN THAT WE WERE MEMBERS OF THE BOLTON ASSOCIATION – ALSO SINCE 1923 AND WE ARE THE NEWEST MEMBERS OF THE CENTRAL LANCASHIRE LEAGUE – ALSO IN 2006. BOTH SIDES FINISHED FIVE PLACES FROM THE BOTTOM OF THEIR RESPECTIVE LEAGUES IN 2011.

 

 

 

FEB 4THWE HAVE BEEN DRAWN AT HOME TO CARNFORTH CC OF THE NORTHERN LEAGUE IN ROUND 1 OF THE NATIONAL KO. FOUNDED IN 1869, THEY WERE THE LAST TEAM TO JOIN THE NORTHERN LEAGUE IN 2006 AFTER A LONG ASSOCIATION WITH THE NORTH LANCASHIRE LEAGUE, WHICH THEY JOINED IN 1923. THEIR HISTORY THROWS UP A REMARKABLE SIMILARITY WITH OUR OWN IN THAT WE WERE MEMBERS OF THE BOLTON ASSOCIATION – ALSO SINCE 1923 AND WE ARE THE NEWEST MEMBERS OF THE CENTRAL LANCASHIRE LEAGUE – ALSO IN 2006. BOTH SIDES FINISHED FIVE PLACES FROM THE BOTTOM OF THEIR RESPECTIVE LEAGUES IN 2011. SHOULD BE A CLOSE GAME! OTHER EYE CATCHING FIXTURES INCLUDE HEATON V NORTHERN AND EAGLEY V ATHERTON

 

FEB 2nd - NEWLY APPOINTED PROFESSIONAL MADURA LAKMAL PERERA MAY HAVE GOT HIMSELF INTO A BIT OF A DOMESTIC SITUATION IN HIS LATEST GAME IN SRI LANKA. WITH EGERTON CC’S 2012 PRO AMAL ATHULATHMUDALI  EYEING UP A HALF CENTURY HE WAS WELL AND TRULY CASTLED BY MADURA. THE TWO ARE SHARING A HOUSE DURING THEIR VISITS NEXT SUMMER ! MEANWHILE, CHINTHA’S BEEN AT IT AGAIN, THIS TIME BLASTING 173 NOT OUT OFF 167 BALLS WITH 16 FOURS AND 6 SIXES.

 

JAN 18TH – Cricket in Sri Lanka is under way at last.

 

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JAN 7th   THE BALL STOP FENCE BORDERING THE FORMER FACTORY SIDE OF THE GROUND BLEW DOWN ON TUESDAY 3RD IN THE WINDS WHICH REACHED 125MPH ON NEARBY WINTER HILL. THE WORKING PARTY WHICH TURNED UP TO ATTEMPT TO DISMANTLE THE DANGEROUS SECTION OF FENCE ON SATURDAY 7TH, WERE BLESSED WITH GOOD WEATHER AND MANAGED TO REMOVE ALL BUT A SMALL PART OF THE OFFENDING STEELWORK. VOLUNTEERS WERE ASTONISHED TO SEE HOW NATURE HAD TURNED THICK STEELWORK INTO A MANGLED, TWISTED MESS, BUT A MIXTURE OF HARD WORK AND INNOVATIVE IDEAS SAVED THE DAY AND ALSO SAVED THE CLUB THOUSANDS OF POUNDS. MANY THANKS TO ALL WHO TURNED UP TO HELP.

 

JAN 8TH THE THIRD ROUND OF GAMES IN SRI LANKA’S DOMESTIC FIRST CLASS SEASON HAS BEEN POSTPONED AS THE REPORTS OF UNPAID PLAYERS AND DEBTS OF ABOUT $70 MILLION. NEW PROFESSIONAL LAKMAL PERERA WAS TO PLAY IN THE COMPETITION WHICH WAS DUE TO BEGIN ON WEDNESDAY 21ST DECEMBER AND WHICH STILL HASN’T STARTED. THIS IS THE LATEST TWIST TO THE TROUBLES AFFLICTING SRI LANKAN CRICKET, AND THE CLUBS AND NATIONAL BOARD HAVE OFFERED CONFLICTING REASONS FOR THE POSTPONEMENT.

SLC'S HEAD OF CRICKET OPERATIONS, ASHLEY DE SILVA, TOLD ESPN CRICINFO THAT THE CLUBS REQUESTED A POSTPONEMENT ON THE GROUNDS THAT THERE WOULD BE "TOO MUCH CRICKET FOLLOWING THE END OF THE PREMIER LIMITED-OVERS TOURNAMENT". THE TOURNAMENT, HE SAID, WOULD BE RESCHEDULED ONLY AFTER THE ELECTIONS ON JANUARY 3, WHEN A NEW TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE WOULD BE APPOINTED. ON THE OTHER HAND, CLUBS ARE SAYING THAT THEY WERE PROTESTING AGAINST OUTSTANDING PAYMENTS AND THE AD HOC MANNER IN WHICH THE MATCHES HAVE BEEN SCHEDULED. NOTHING’S EVER SIMPLE IS IT?

JAN 7th – NEW YEAR MESSAGE FROM PAUL DALEY IN AUSTRALIA.

ALL THE BEST FOR THE NEW YEAR , SAY HELLO TO ANYONE WHO REMEMBERS ME . HAS AUSTRALIAN BOWLING IMPROVED OR ARE INDIA RUBBISH AT TESTS? HAVE US AUSSIES IMPROVED ENOUGH TO WIN THE ASHES NEXT YEAR ? SIDDLE AND HILFENHAUS ARE OUR BEST BOWLERS THIS YEAR BUT LAST YEAR COOK AND TROTT COULD HAVE PLAYED THEM WITH A TOOTHPICK. ARE YOU WORRIED ?

HOW IS CLIFTON LOOKING FOR NEXT SEASON ? MY UNDER 11 KOOKABURRAS ARE LOOKING GOOD THIS SEASON,  MY BEST PLAYER  HAS A FUNNY ACCENT , HIS DAD COMES FROM WARRINGTON .  I MADE ANOTHER COME BACK THE OTHER DAY 20/20 ,  8 A SIDE . FIRST GAME IN 5 YEARS , USED  SOME FOREIGN BAT WITH GIANT EDGES , FIRST BALL 6 OVER SLIPS . AS STEVE WAUGH SAID"" FORM IS TEMPORARY, CLASS IS PERMANENT."

ALL THE BEST ,

PAUL DALEY.

SPECIAL G'DAY TO AL , TOM , DAVE THE BUTCHER, WILDY AND THEIR FAMILIES.

PAUL CAN BE CONTACTED ON pauldaleycricket@yahoo.com.au

 

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JAN 1STMANY THANKS AND CONGRATULATIONS ARE DUE TO GARY FULTON AND HIS TEAM FOR THE EXCELLENT EVENT WHICH WAS ORGANISED FOR NEW YEARS’ EVE.

 

 

 

JAN 1STHAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS.