Clitheroe Cobras in the UAE: Day Seven and it's homeward bound

Clitheroe Cobras in the UAE: Day Seven and it's homeward bound

BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE: Cobras at the Dubai International Stadium

HOMEWARD BOUND: The squad head back to the UK

BACK HOME: Tired Cobras arrive back at Chatburn Road

First published in Cricket

Young cricketers from Clitheroe Cobras have been in the UAE to support England in the one-day series and play a few challenge matches themselves, in Day Seven of his blog, coach FAROUK HUSSAIN finds himself at home before the flight home...

Everyone checked out early this morning and headed off to Dubai College for our final game before flying home in the evening.

A new phenomena awaited us at the venue – a concrete wicket!

It was clearly in need of a good heavy rolling however with more undulations than Tarquin’s stomach, obviously something that had been laid by Rogue Builders.

The outfield was not quite as smooth or closely mowed as previous venues and you felt like you were playing at certain Ribblesdale League grounds – lads should feel more at home I thought.

The batting failed to click and the Cobras managed a meagre 76 with a solid effort from Sam Mulligan, top scoring with 13 and several single figure scores from the rest.

The home side smashed their way to the target with Dom Stuart taking the only wicket to fall.

A quick pasta lunch, which king Cobra managed to use to decorate his white polo shirt with, was followed by a mad dash to the Dubai International Stadium to watch the England game.

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Yet again a primitive ticket office and absurd security system greeted our group but eventually we made our way through the maze of barriers and found a place to sit.

Actually we could have had our pick of hundreds of seats – as the crowd was fairly sparse! Lots of singing and banter with the Pakistan fans, led as always by Tarquin helped to get everyone in a jovial mood, which deflected attention from the imminent flight home.

Shovelhands Lomax and son, accompanied by a pen and camera decided to go on a mission to grab yet more autographs and his persistence paid off as he returned brandishing KP’s signature. Another meeting with Chacha Cricket was followed by a change of viewing area as the Cobras headed up to the top tier to get a bird’s eye view of proceedings.

King Cobra and family disappeared for a quick meal and returned an hour later to gather the troops, to make the journey back to the hotel.

A shower, meal and even time for a quick coffee were the final acts as the Cobras boarded the coach to Abu Dhabi and the depressing thought of returning to the cold and work!

Wonder what happened to Florence as she did not make the return journey with us!

Did she ever make it to Qatar, her next destination, or is she currently being detained by the authorities in Dubai for theft and deception? Perhaps she is now on the FBI’s most wanted list.

It has been an amazing experience for all and I’m sure it will be remembered for the rest of everyone’s lives.

Many new friendships made and lots of stories to tell,which will become taller as each month goes by.

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3:58pm Mon 20 Feb 12

rishto says...

looks like these young lads might struggle to break into the first eleven with all the new signings at chatburn rd
looks like these young lads might struggle to break into the first eleven with all the new signings at chatburn rd rishto
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2:49pm Tue 21 Feb 12

FBD says...

and the pre season banter begins...
and the pre season banter begins... FBD
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4:46pm Tue 21 Feb 12

The Dude says...

OOO, currently out of the loop.. Who have they acquired Rishto?
OOO, currently out of the loop.. Who have they acquired Rishto? The Dude
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5:01pm Tue 21 Feb 12

rishto says...

The Dude wrote:
OOO, currently out of the loop.. Who have they acquired Rishto?
dibby and jack dew back, lemon and lord from nelson so my snitch informs me , everyone sorted with pros?? whove ribb and whalley got ??
[quote][p][bold]The Dude[/bold] wrote: OOO, currently out of the loop.. Who have they acquired Rishto?[/p][/quote]dibby and jack dew back, lemon and lord from nelson so my snitch informs me , everyone sorted with pros?? whove ribb and whalley got ?? rishto
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8:29am Sat 25 Feb 12

The Dude says...

Thought our freedom of speech had been taken away from us again. It has said comments were closed on this article all week.... Clitheroe could be a contender again then Rishto....Any comings and goings at Back Lane? Wonder if Earby got all their in house rumblings sorted?
Thought our freedom of speech had been taken away from us again. It has said comments were closed on this article all week.... Clitheroe could be a contender again then Rishto....Any comings and goings at Back Lane? Wonder if Earby got all their in house rumblings sorted? The Dude
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10:36am Mon 27 Feb 12

rishto says...

lost a couple gained a couple so not to bad , think earby have lost a few unfortunately for them ,ribb dark horses few more s africans on the way?
lost a couple gained a couple so not to bad , think earby have lost a few unfortunately for them ,ribb dark horses few more s africans on the way? rishto
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2:23pm Mon 27 Feb 12

Pinch Hitter says...

I agree with Risky, Clitheroe will take some beating, from what I am hearing they appear to be only side which appear to the strengthening from last year?

Anyone know why no comments were allowed on the article on the proposed expansion?

Possibly at the request of the League Management I believe?
I agree with Risky, Clitheroe will take some beating, from what I am hearing they appear to be only side which appear to the strengthening from last year? Anyone know why no comments were allowed on the article on the proposed expansion? Possibly at the request of the League Management I believe? Pinch Hitter
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4:17pm Mon 27 Feb 12

rishto says...

looks that way think it would have been good to hear about everyones views . whove whalley got as pro
looks that way think it would have been good to hear about everyones views . whove whalley got as pro rishto
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3:29pm Wed 29 Feb 12

Big Wal says...

Not sure of his name but i know that Whalley have signed an Indian all rounder who comes very highly recommended
Not sure of his name but i know that Whalley have signed an Indian all rounder who comes very highly recommended Big Wal
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3:53pm Wed 29 Feb 12

Pinch Hitter says...

Never mind new pro at Whalley Big Wal, what’s the latest with the rumblings at Applegarth?
Never mind new pro at Whalley Big Wal, what’s the latest with the rumblings at Applegarth? Pinch Hitter
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10:08am Thu 1 Mar 12

Big Wal says...

Pinch Hitter wrote:
Never mind new pro at Whalley Big Wal, what’s the latest with the rumblings at Applegarth?
new 1st XI skipper is the lad who did the 2nds last year & Herbie is 2nd XI skipper. Azmat is coming back again as Pro which means that 6 of last years 1st XI will not be playing. Rishy, Ribb have signed Michael Erlank a young opening bat from Sth Africa. My money on Clitheroe.
[quote][p][bold]Pinch Hitter[/bold] wrote: Never mind new pro at Whalley Big Wal, what’s the latest with the rumblings at Applegarth?[/p][/quote]new 1st XI skipper is the lad who did the 2nds last year & Herbie is 2nd XI skipper. Azmat is coming back again as Pro which means that 6 of last years 1st XI will not be playing. Rishy, Ribb have signed Michael Erlank a young opening bat from Sth Africa. My money on Clitheroe. Big Wal
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11:11am Thu 1 Mar 12

Pinch Hitter says...

Who are the 6 departures Wal?

Noticed in last night’s paper that the Friend brothers are heading for pastures new. Could be a hard season for Chucker and his men at Preston Old Road following on from the departure of his trusty first lieutenant.

Who is back-up keeper at Cherry?, their attack relies heavily on someone who can stand up.

Also from what ‘Pinch Hitters’ sources are telling him there could well an increased demand for brown envelopes at Stationers across the area as the season approaches?
Who are the 6 departures Wal? Noticed in last night’s paper that the Friend brothers are heading for pastures new. Could be a hard season for Chucker and his men at Preston Old Road following on from the departure of his trusty first lieutenant. Who is back-up keeper at Cherry?, their attack relies heavily on someone who can stand up. Also from what ‘Pinch Hitters’ sources are telling him there could well an increased demand for brown envelopes at Stationers across the area as the season approaches? Pinch Hitter
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11:44am Thu 1 Mar 12

Big Wal says...

Pinch Hitter wrote:
Who are the 6 departures Wal?

Noticed in last night’s paper that the Friend brothers are heading for pastures new. Could be a hard season for Chucker and his men at Preston Old Road following on from the departure of his trusty first lieutenant.

Who is back-up keeper at Cherry?, their attack relies heavily on someone who can stand up.

Also from what ‘Pinch Hitters’ sources are telling him there could well an increased demand for brown envelopes at Stationers across the area as the season approaches?
Crad, Clarky, Hainsy, Keggy, Aron Pollard & me. I also heard there has been an exodus from Cherry but they have kept turns as "coach" so thats good business from them and knowing chucker as i do i'm sure he'll be trying to get some new faces in. Think their pro and turns could be doing a bit of recruitment for them aswell
[quote][p][bold]Pinch Hitter[/bold] wrote: Who are the 6 departures Wal? Noticed in last night’s paper that the Friend brothers are heading for pastures new. Could be a hard season for Chucker and his men at Preston Old Road following on from the departure of his trusty first lieutenant. Who is back-up keeper at Cherry?, their attack relies heavily on someone who can stand up. Also from what ‘Pinch Hitters’ sources are telling him there could well an increased demand for brown envelopes at Stationers across the area as the season approaches?[/p][/quote]Crad, Clarky, Hainsy, Keggy, Aron Pollard & me. I also heard there has been an exodus from Cherry but they have kept turns as "coach" so thats good business from them and knowing chucker as i do i'm sure he'll be trying to get some new faces in. Think their pro and turns could be doing a bit of recruitment for them aswell Big Wal
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12:43pm Thu 1 Mar 12

Pinch Hitter says...

Have the much publicised improved Teas from last season not had the desired effect then.

Any word on the destinations of the departures?
Have the much publicised improved Teas from last season not had the desired effect then. Any word on the destinations of the departures? Pinch Hitter
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4:29pm Thu 1 Mar 12

village bike says...

heard a few rumours.
dewhurst,lemon,dibb to clitheroe.
mcintosh to hassy, rishton to padiham. Baldwin to ossy. Swindells to ossy. sharples to sailsbury. Jamill to edgerton. nutter to padiham.

Any truth to these rumours????
heard a few rumours. dewhurst,lemon,dibb to clitheroe. mcintosh to hassy, rishton to padiham. Baldwin to ossy. Swindells to ossy. sharples to sailsbury. Jamill to edgerton. nutter to padiham. Any truth to these rumours???? village bike
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10:44am Fri 2 Mar 12

rishto says...

reckon 6 or 7 could be true village , two definately untrue, clitheroe look the team to beat but said that about read last year you never know .
reckon 6 or 7 could be true village , two definately untrue, clitheroe look the team to beat but said that about read last year you never know . rishto
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12:35pm Fri 2 Mar 12

Pinch Hitter says...

Heard most of them apart from Nutter & Rishy to Padiham.

McIntosh more than a rumour, been announced in press he’s new Hassy VC.

Would be a good move for Swindles, get more opportunity in a weaker side plus Ossy have a good record of bringing youngsters through.

Think there may be more on way to Clitheroe from what I am hearing.
Heard most of them apart from Nutter & Rishy to Padiham. McIntosh more than a rumour, been announced in press he’s new Hassy VC. Would be a good move for Swindles, get more opportunity in a weaker side plus Ossy have a good record of bringing youngsters through. Think there may be more on way to Clitheroe from what I am hearing. Pinch Hitter
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12:37pm Fri 2 Mar 12

village bike says...

Are you able to tell me the ones that aint true Rishto? what chances do baxenden have this year???
Are you able to tell me the ones that aint true Rishto? what chances do baxenden have this year??? village bike
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1:15pm Fri 2 Mar 12

rishto says...

yeh me and ben staying at bash ben will get more of a chance this year with lewis departing. think we will challenge again maybe a bowler short
yeh me and ben staying at bash ben will get more of a chance this year with lewis departing. think we will challenge again maybe a bowler short rishto
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2:40pm Fri 2 Mar 12

Big Wal says...

Pinch Hitter wrote:
Have the much publicised improved Teas from last season not had the desired effect then.

Any word on the destinations of the departures?
Pinch, Yeah teas were good last year . . . . . it was my Mrs who was doing it so they will be back to stale, curled up ham butties in the dressing room again this season!! Enjoy!!
me & Crad playing at Steeton in Aire wharfe, Clarky cant commit due to work, Hainsy in NZ and believe that Aron & Keggy are back at Colne.
[quote][p][bold]Pinch Hitter[/bold] wrote: Have the much publicised improved Teas from last season not had the desired effect then. Any word on the destinations of the departures?[/p][/quote]Pinch, Yeah teas were good last year . . . . . it was my Mrs who was doing it so they will be back to stale, curled up ham butties in the dressing room again this season!! Enjoy!! me & Crad playing at Steeton in Aire wharfe, Clarky cant commit due to work, Hainsy in NZ and believe that Aron & Keggy are back at Colne. Big Wal
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2:52pm Fri 2 Mar 12

rishto says...

Big Wal wrote:
Pinch Hitter wrote: Have the much publicised improved Teas from last season not had the desired effect then. Any word on the destinations of the departures?
Pinch, Yeah teas were good last year . . . . . it was my Mrs who was doing it so they will be back to stale, curled up ham butties in the dressing room again this season!! Enjoy!! me & Crad playing at Steeton in Aire wharfe, Clarky cant commit due to work, Hainsy in NZ and believe that Aron & Keggy are back at Colne.
gettin paid wall??
[quote][p][bold]Big Wal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pinch Hitter[/bold] wrote: Have the much publicised improved Teas from last season not had the desired effect then. Any word on the destinations of the departures?[/p][/quote]Pinch, Yeah teas were good last year . . . . . it was my Mrs who was doing it so they will be back to stale, curled up ham butties in the dressing room again this season!! Enjoy!! me & Crad playing at Steeton in Aire wharfe, Clarky cant commit due to work, Hainsy in NZ and believe that Aron & Keggy are back at Colne.[/p][/quote]gettin paid wall?? rishto
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10:26am Sat 3 Mar 12

Readreader says...

Pie and Pea league wally?
Pie and Pea league wally? Readreader
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6:07pm Sat 3 Mar 12

HecticBigBoy says...

rishto wrote:
Big Wal wrote:
Pinch Hitter wrote: Have the much publicised improved Teas from last season not had the desired effect then. Any word on the destinations of the departures?
Pinch, Yeah teas were good last year . . . . . it was my Mrs who was doing it so they will be back to stale, curled up ham butties in the dressing room again this season!! Enjoy!! me & Crad playing at Steeton in Aire wharfe, Clarky cant commit due to work, Hainsy in NZ and believe that Aron & Keggy are back at Colne.
gettin paid wall??
Nice to see Big Wals as out of touch as he was all last season, Aaron and Martin Kegg have commited to Earby this year, they were going if you were skipper again, but "the lad who did the 2nds" whose name is Pete Baistow!! got in touch and they both said they wanted to stay, obviously you have shown the same loyalty as you have over the years, jumping from one club to another. I presume as a talented cricketer such as yourself has gone to play pie and pea cricket there must be money changing hands, as for Crads saying he was leaving to go to Nelson to try aa higher standard and then turning up with you at Steeton, well words fail me!! to have a go at the tea room is very underhanded too, as the balance sheet showed the monies handed over were down last year dramatically and as there is a budget, the ladies 'volunteering' to run the tea room deserve thanks not comments about stale sarnies etc. All reports around from the club are that despite the obvious loss of talented players, the atmosphere and spirit is vastly improved and you never know, the skipper may even have the courtesy to speak to the professional this year. All the best Wal ..... good riddance.
[quote][p][bold]rishto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Big Wal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pinch Hitter[/bold] wrote: Have the much publicised improved Teas from last season not had the desired effect then. Any word on the destinations of the departures?[/p][/quote]Pinch, Yeah teas were good last year . . . . . it was my Mrs who was doing it so they will be back to stale, curled up ham butties in the dressing room again this season!! Enjoy!! me & Crad playing at Steeton in Aire wharfe, Clarky cant commit due to work, Hainsy in NZ and believe that Aron & Keggy are back at Colne.[/p][/quote]gettin paid wall??[/p][/quote]Nice to see Big Wals as out of touch as he was all last season, Aaron and Martin Kegg have commited to Earby this year, they were going if you were skipper again, but "the lad who did the 2nds" whose name is Pete Baistow!! got in touch and they both said they wanted to stay, obviously you have shown the same loyalty as you have over the years, jumping from one club to another. I presume as a talented cricketer such as yourself has gone to play pie and pea cricket there must be money changing hands, as for Crads saying he was leaving to go to Nelson to try aa higher standard and then turning up with you at Steeton, well words fail me!! to have a go at the tea room is very underhanded too, as the balance sheet showed the monies handed over were down last year dramatically and as there is a budget, the ladies 'volunteering' to run the tea room deserve thanks not comments about stale sarnies etc. All reports around from the club are that despite the obvious loss of talented players, the atmosphere and spirit is vastly improved and you never know, the skipper may even have the courtesy to speak to the professional this year. All the best Wal ..... good riddance. HecticBigBoy
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11:36pm Sat 3 Mar 12

The Curator says...

Come on guys .

There has clearly been some issues at Earby CC and surely that is their business .

Fair play it is all very interesting who is playing where ,but is there any real need to start slating the Aire Wharfe league ,where there is some pretty decent cricket played .

A close friend of mine spent many years playing for Rawdon .They like a number of clubs in the Aire Wharfe have some great facilities and lovely wickets and have produced players for the county .

The late Ken Snellgrove , and his son spent several years at Skipton CC . Ken was an excellent player representing Lancs many times . So lets all go easy with the pie and peas talk .

Good luck to Pete Bairstow ,i came across him last year and was a credit to Earby CC .

Cheers to all for 2012 .
Come on guys . There has clearly been some issues at Earby CC and surely that is their business . Fair play it is all very interesting who is playing where ,but is there any real need to start slating the Aire Wharfe league ,where there is some pretty decent cricket played . A close friend of mine spent many years playing for Rawdon .They like a number of clubs in the Aire Wharfe have some great facilities and lovely wickets and have produced players for the county . The late Ken Snellgrove ,[former Whalley CC pro ] and his son spent several years at Skipton CC . Ken was an excellent player representing Lancs many times . So lets all go easy with the pie and peas talk . Good luck to Pete Bairstow ,i came across him last year and was a credit to Earby CC . Cheers to all for 2012 . The Curator
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11:45pm Sat 3 Mar 12

The Curator says...

Sorry Pete should have read Pete Baistow.
CHEERS
Sorry Pete should have read Pete Baistow. CHEERS The Curator
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6:15pm Sun 4 Mar 12

Cornwall 21 says...

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news Fred Booth passed away last night,
A sad day

Ron Walton
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news Fred Booth passed away last night, A sad day Ron Walton Cornwall 21
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6:44pm Sun 4 Mar 12

The Curator says...

R.I.P. Fred .
A real Gent , you will be sadly missed .
CHEERS Ted .
R.I.P. Fred . A real Gent , you will be sadly missed . CHEERS Ted . The Curator
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7:13pm Sun 4 Mar 12

stephenh says...

RIP Fred.. A top bloke
& a true gent ..
RIP Fred.. A top bloke & a true gent .. stephenh
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7:19pm Sun 4 Mar 12

Peth says...

Rest In Peace Fred. Put a lot of work in over the years to enable us all to play Cricket.
Rest In Peace Fred. Put a lot of work in over the years to enable us all to play Cricket. Peth
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7:48pm Sun 4 Mar 12

rishto says...

R.I.P fred thanks for all the hard work
R.I.P fred thanks for all the hard work rishto
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9:18am Mon 5 Mar 12

Big Wal says...

HecticBigBoy wrote:
rishto wrote:
Big Wal wrote:
Pinch Hitter wrote: Have the much publicised improved Teas from last season not had the desired effect then. Any word on the destinations of the departures?
Pinch, Yeah teas were good last year . . . . . it was my Mrs who was doing it so they will be back to stale, curled up ham butties in the dressing room again this season!! Enjoy!! me & Crad playing at Steeton in Aire wharfe, Clarky cant commit due to work, Hainsy in NZ and believe that Aron & Keggy are back at Colne.
gettin paid wall??
Nice to see Big Wals as out of touch as he was all last season, Aaron and Martin Kegg have commited to Earby this year, they were going if you were skipper again, but "the lad who did the 2nds" whose name is Pete Baistow!! got in touch and they both said they wanted to stay, obviously you have shown the same loyalty as you have over the years, jumping from one club to another. I presume as a talented cricketer such as yourself has gone to play pie and pea cricket there must be money changing hands, as for Crads saying he was leaving to go to Nelson to try aa higher standard and then turning up with you at Steeton, well words fail me!! to have a go at the tea room is very underhanded too, as the balance sheet showed the monies handed over were down last year dramatically and as there is a budget, the ladies 'volunteering' to run the tea room deserve thanks not comments about stale sarnies etc. All reports around from the club are that despite the obvious loss of talented players, the atmosphere and spirit is vastly improved and you never know, the skipper may even have the courtesy to speak to the professional this year. All the best Wal ..... good riddance.
Blimey - seems like i've upset someone!! You obviously have no idea what you are talking about - tea room takings last year were nearly doubled from the year before and as for the spirit of the club - they arranged a players mtg and only single figures turned up!! Anyway whoever you are, all the best - you might even get a game in the 1st XI now half the team has left!!
[quote][p][bold]HecticBigBoy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rishto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Big Wal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pinch Hitter[/bold] wrote: Have the much publicised improved Teas from last season not had the desired effect then. Any word on the destinations of the departures?[/p][/quote]Pinch, Yeah teas were good last year . . . . . it was my Mrs who was doing it so they will be back to stale, curled up ham butties in the dressing room again this season!! Enjoy!! me & Crad playing at Steeton in Aire wharfe, Clarky cant commit due to work, Hainsy in NZ and believe that Aron & Keggy are back at Colne.[/p][/quote]gettin paid wall??[/p][/quote]Nice to see Big Wals as out of touch as he was all last season, Aaron and Martin Kegg have commited to Earby this year, they were going if you were skipper again, but "the lad who did the 2nds" whose name is Pete Baistow!! got in touch and they both said they wanted to stay, obviously you have shown the same loyalty as you have over the years, jumping from one club to another. I presume as a talented cricketer such as yourself has gone to play pie and pea cricket there must be money changing hands, as for Crads saying he was leaving to go to Nelson to try aa higher standard and then turning up with you at Steeton, well words fail me!! to have a go at the tea room is very underhanded too, as the balance sheet showed the monies handed over were down last year dramatically and as there is a budget, the ladies 'volunteering' to run the tea room deserve thanks not comments about stale sarnies etc. All reports around from the club are that despite the obvious loss of talented players, the atmosphere and spirit is vastly improved and you never know, the skipper may even have the courtesy to speak to the professional this year. All the best Wal ..... good riddance.[/p][/quote]Blimey - seems like i've upset someone!! You obviously have no idea what you are talking about - tea room takings last year were nearly doubled from the year before and as for the spirit of the club - they arranged a players mtg and only single figures turned up!! Anyway whoever you are, all the best - you might even get a game in the 1st XI now half the team has left!! Big Wal
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3:32pm Mon 5 Mar 12

village bike says...

Sorry to hear about Fred R.I.P.

Suprised over mcintosh for Hassy pinch thought Bash might have made a more of a effort to keep hikm on. Glad Rishton has decided to stay with bash he is a good figure to have in the league. Why do you feel it would be good move for swindles to ossy? its poor wickets dont see yoru logic in that pinch, surely bash will struggling with bowling this year. Has Swindles improved on his bowling?Me and other spectators always thought he was a batsman, can you share the views on this rishto? another rumour flying about Le breton back to clitheroe? looks to be a intresting league,shame about earby falling to pieces.
Sorry to hear about Fred R.I.P. Suprised over mcintosh for Hassy pinch thought Bash might have made a more of a effort to keep hikm on. Glad Rishton has decided to stay with bash he is a good figure to have in the league. Why do you feel it would be good move for swindles to ossy? its poor wickets dont see yoru logic in that pinch, surely bash will struggling with bowling this year. Has Swindles improved on his bowling?Me and other spectators always thought he was a batsman, can you share the views on this rishto? another rumour flying about Le breton back to clitheroe? looks to be a intresting league,shame about earby falling to pieces. village bike
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5:31pm Mon 5 Mar 12

Pinch Hitter says...

Just think that he would get the opportunity to bat a lot higher in the order and therefore more often. You can be playing on the best wicket in the world but if your down at number 8 watching Bobby help himself it won’t do you much good. Ossy’s wicket didn’t appear to hamper the emergence of Jones last year?

On a similar note interesting to note your reference to LeBreton returning to Chatburn Road. His recent move is a good example of young players needing to get the opportunity to bat and bowl. A young player moves to what is perceived as a club with higher standards and better facilities only to be frustrated by limited opportunities. Think he would have benefitted more opening the batting and bowling 15 overs a game at Clitheroe rather than spending a season watching Trigger toil away all afternoon.

Sad news about Fred.
Just think that he would get the opportunity to bat a lot higher in the order and therefore more often. You can be playing on the best wicket in the world but if your down at number 8 watching Bobby help himself it won’t do you much good. Ossy’s wicket didn’t appear to hamper the emergence of Jones last year? On a similar note interesting to note your reference to LeBreton returning to Chatburn Road. His recent move is a good example of young players needing to get the opportunity to bat and bowl. A young player moves to what is perceived as a club with higher standards and better facilities only to be frustrated by limited opportunities. Think he would have benefitted more opening the batting and bowling 15 overs a game at Clitheroe rather than spending a season watching Trigger toil away all afternoon. Sad news about Fred. Pinch Hitter
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6:08pm Mon 5 Mar 12

HecticBigBoy says...

Big Wal wrote:
HecticBigBoy wrote:
rishto wrote:
Big Wal wrote:
Pinch Hitter wrote: Have the much publicised improved Teas from last season not had the desired effect then. Any word on the destinations of the departures?
Pinch, Yeah teas were good last year . . . . . it was my Mrs who was doing it so they will be back to stale, curled up ham butties in the dressing room again this season!! Enjoy!! me & Crad playing at Steeton in Aire wharfe, Clarky cant commit due to work, Hainsy in NZ and believe that Aron & Keggy are back at Colne.
gettin paid wall??
Nice to see Big Wals as out of touch as he was all last season, Aaron and Martin Kegg have commited to Earby this year, they were going if you were skipper again, but "the lad who did the 2nds" whose name is Pete Baistow!! got in touch and they both said they wanted to stay, obviously you have shown the same loyalty as you have over the years, jumping from one club to another. I presume as a talented cricketer such as yourself has gone to play pie and pea cricket there must be money changing hands, as for Crads saying he was leaving to go to Nelson to try aa higher standard and then turning up with you at Steeton, well words fail me!! to have a go at the tea room is very underhanded too, as the balance sheet showed the monies handed over were down last year dramatically and as there is a budget, the ladies 'volunteering' to run the tea room deserve thanks not comments about stale sarnies etc. All reports around from the club are that despite the obvious loss of talented players, the atmosphere and spirit is vastly improved and you never know, the skipper may even have the courtesy to speak to the professional this year. All the best Wal ..... good riddance.
Blimey - seems like i've upset someone!! You obviously have no idea what you are talking about - tea room takings last year were nearly doubled from the year before and as for the spirit of the club - they arranged a players mtg and only single figures turned up!! Anyway whoever you are, all the best - you might even get a game in the 1st XI now half the team has left!!
Balance sheet apparently doesnt show that, tea room takings down somewhat, so where the double amount went the members may never know. And if four players leaving is half a team, then thays another bit of odd counting, but never mind, you chose to leave, which is fine, but at least have the courtesy to let them get on with sorting themselves without stirring up as much ill feeling as you seem hell bent to do.
[quote][p][bold]Big Wal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HecticBigBoy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rishto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Big Wal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pinch Hitter[/bold] wrote: Have the much publicised improved Teas from last season not had the desired effect then. Any word on the destinations of the departures?[/p][/quote]Pinch, Yeah teas were good last year . . . . . it was my Mrs who was doing it so they will be back to stale, curled up ham butties in the dressing room again this season!! Enjoy!! me & Crad playing at Steeton in Aire wharfe, Clarky cant commit due to work, Hainsy in NZ and believe that Aron & Keggy are back at Colne.[/p][/quote]gettin paid wall??[/p][/quote]Nice to see Big Wals as out of touch as he was all last season, Aaron and Martin Kegg have commited to Earby this year, they were going if you were skipper again, but "the lad who did the 2nds" whose name is Pete Baistow!! got in touch and they both said they wanted to stay, obviously you have shown the same loyalty as you have over the years, jumping from one club to another. I presume as a talented cricketer such as yourself has gone to play pie and pea cricket there must be money changing hands, as for Crads saying he was leaving to go to Nelson to try aa higher standard and then turning up with you at Steeton, well words fail me!! to have a go at the tea room is very underhanded too, as the balance sheet showed the monies handed over were down last year dramatically and as there is a budget, the ladies 'volunteering' to run the tea room deserve thanks not comments about stale sarnies etc. All reports around from the club are that despite the obvious loss of talented players, the atmosphere and spirit is vastly improved and you never know, the skipper may even have the courtesy to speak to the professional this year. All the best Wal ..... good riddance.[/p][/quote]Blimey - seems like i've upset someone!! You obviously have no idea what you are talking about - tea room takings last year were nearly doubled from the year before and as for the spirit of the club - they arranged a players mtg and only single figures turned up!! Anyway whoever you are, all the best - you might even get a game in the 1st XI now half the team has left!![/p][/quote]Balance sheet apparently doesnt show that, tea room takings down somewhat, so where the double amount went the members may never know. And if four players leaving is half a team, then thays another bit of odd counting, but never mind, you chose to leave, which is fine, but at least have the courtesy to let them get on with sorting themselves without stirring up as much ill feeling as you seem hell bent to do. HecticBigBoy
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10:13pm Mon 5 Mar 12

rishto says...

village bike wrote:
Sorry to hear about Fred R.I.P. Suprised over mcintosh for Hassy pinch thought Bash might have made a more of a effort to keep hikm on. Glad Rishton has decided to stay with bash he is a good figure to have in the league. Why do you feel it would be good move for swindles to ossy? its poor wickets dont see yoru logic in that pinch, surely bash will struggling with bowling this year. Has Swindles improved on his bowling?Me and other spectators always thought he was a batsman, can you share the views on this rishto? another rumour flying about Le breton back to clitheroe? looks to be a intresting league,shame about earby falling to pieces.
ben is an allrounder really but his bowling has been limited with bobby and lewis sharing most of the overs , this year will be his big chance . Tip for top four bash ,barlick,clith and read with clitheroe slight favourites i think.
[quote][p][bold]village bike[/bold] wrote: Sorry to hear about Fred R.I.P. Suprised over mcintosh for Hassy pinch thought Bash might have made a more of a effort to keep hikm on. Glad Rishton has decided to stay with bash he is a good figure to have in the league. Why do you feel it would be good move for swindles to ossy? its poor wickets dont see yoru logic in that pinch, surely bash will struggling with bowling this year. Has Swindles improved on his bowling?Me and other spectators always thought he was a batsman, can you share the views on this rishto? another rumour flying about Le breton back to clitheroe? looks to be a intresting league,shame about earby falling to pieces.[/p][/quote]ben is an allrounder really but his bowling has been limited with bobby and lewis sharing most of the overs , this year will be his big chance . Tip for top four bash ,barlick,clith and read with clitheroe slight favourites i think. rishto
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6:44pm Tue 6 Mar 12

Cornwall 21 says...

The Funeral of Fred Booth will take place on Monday 12th March at St Pauls Clitheroe at 11 45am
The Funeral of Fred Booth will take place on Monday 12th March at St Pauls Clitheroe at 11 45am Cornwall 21
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6:44pm Tue 6 Mar 12

Cornwall 21 says...

The Funeral of Fred Booth will take place on Monday 12th March at St Pauls Clitheroe at 11 45am
The Funeral of Fred Booth will take place on Monday 12th March at St Pauls Clitheroe at 11 45am Cornwall 21
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11:04pm Tue 6 Mar 12

stephenh says...

village bike wrote:
Sorry to hear about Fred R.I.P.

Suprised over mcintosh for Hassy pinch thought Bash might have made a more of a effort to keep hikm on. Glad Rishton has decided to stay with bash he is a good figure to have in the league. Why do you feel it would be good move for swindles to ossy? its poor wickets dont see yoru logic in that pinch, surely bash will struggling with bowling this year. Has Swindles improved on his bowling?Me and other spectators always thought he was a batsman, can you share the views on this rishto? another rumour flying about Le breton back to clitheroe? looks to be a intresting league,shame about earby falling to pieces.
Earby are not falling to pieces ! This season will be tough..But Im sure we will upset some teams & always have the Earby fighting spirit .. Our main aim this season is to blood some of our young kids & hopefully keep our 2nds in Div 1 ! ! Ali Azmat is one of the best pros in the league & has its his last year of a 2 year contract , Im sure he will be putting himself in the shop window , whether it's us who resign him or someone else !! Finally I would like to wish the players who have left to pastures new, a successful season ! !
[quote][p][bold]village bike[/bold] wrote: Sorry to hear about Fred R.I.P. Suprised over mcintosh for Hassy pinch thought Bash might have made a more of a effort to keep hikm on. Glad Rishton has decided to stay with bash he is a good figure to have in the league. Why do you feel it would be good move for swindles to ossy? its poor wickets dont see yoru logic in that pinch, surely bash will struggling with bowling this year. Has Swindles improved on his bowling?Me and other spectators always thought he was a batsman, can you share the views on this rishto? another rumour flying about Le breton back to clitheroe? looks to be a intresting league,shame about earby falling to pieces.[/p][/quote]Earby are not falling to pieces ! This season will be tough..But Im sure we will upset some teams & always have the Earby fighting spirit .. Our main aim this season is to blood some of our young kids & hopefully keep our 2nds in Div 1 ! ! Ali Azmat is one of the best pros in the league & has its his last year of a 2 year contract , Im sure he will be putting himself in the shop window , whether it's us who resign him or someone else !! Finally I would like to wish the players who have left to pastures new, a successful season ! ! stephenh
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10:33am Thu 8 Mar 12

rishto says...

someone won the lottery at edenfield??
someone won the lottery at edenfield?? rishto
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10:07pm Fri 9 Mar 12

the googly says...

I won a tenner last week if that counts
I won a tenner last week if that counts the googly
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9:54am Mon 12 Mar 12

Pinch Hitter says...

Heard a few rumours of new signings at Gincroft Lane, wondered what the attraction was?

‘Pinch Hitter Sources’ also understands that we can expect some last minute transfer activity between the Ribble Valley and the Cliffe?
Heard a few rumours of new signings at Gincroft Lane, wondered what the attraction was? ‘Pinch Hitter Sources’ also understands that we can expect some last minute transfer activity between the Ribble Valley and the Cliffe? Pinch Hitter
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10:41am Tue 13 Mar 12

rishto says...

care to divulge pinch ?? only signing ive heard at cliffe is ben dowling
care to divulge pinch ?? only signing ive heard at cliffe is ben dowling rishto
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7:43pm Tue 13 Mar 12

sir claude says...

Having played in the Aire-Wharfe for many years I have a feeling Big Wal and Crads will be pleasantly surprised by the standard. Steeton should suit you Wal, good track, short boundarys. Fairly unforgiving for bowlers though, I've seen 300 knocked off a few times. Give my regards to John Akrigg,a Steeton stalwart and a good lad too.
Having played in the Aire-Wharfe for many years I have a feeling Big Wal and Crads will be pleasantly surprised by the standard. Steeton should suit you Wal, good track, short boundarys. Fairly unforgiving for bowlers though, I've seen 300 knocked off a few times. Give my regards to John Akrigg,a Steeton stalwart and a good lad too. sir claude
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10:22pm Tue 13 Mar 12

rishto says...

sir claude wrote:
Having played in the Aire-Wharfe for many years I have a feeling Big Wal and Crads will be pleasantly surprised by the standard. Steeton should suit you Wal, good track, short boundarys. Fairly unforgiving for bowlers though, I've seen 300 knocked off a few times. Give my regards to John Akrigg,a Steeton stalwart and a good lad too.
any news from barlick sir claude?? same team as last yr??
[quote][p][bold]sir claude[/bold] wrote: Having played in the Aire-Wharfe for many years I have a feeling Big Wal and Crads will be pleasantly surprised by the standard. Steeton should suit you Wal, good track, short boundarys. Fairly unforgiving for bowlers though, I've seen 300 knocked off a few times. Give my regards to John Akrigg,a Steeton stalwart and a good lad too.[/p][/quote]any news from barlick sir claude?? same team as last yr?? rishto
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11:17am Wed 14 Mar 12

Big Wal says...

rishto wrote:
sir claude wrote:
Having played in the Aire-Wharfe for many years I have a feeling Big Wal and Crads will be pleasantly surprised by the standard. Steeton should suit you Wal, good track, short boundarys. Fairly unforgiving for bowlers though, I've seen 300 knocked off a few times. Give my regards to John Akrigg,a Steeton stalwart and a good lad too.
any news from barlick sir claude?? same team as last yr??
will pass on your regards Sir Claude. By no means expecting an easy ride as i know there are some good teams & players. we are back to the old discussion from last season - for me the standard of cricket amateurwise differs very little from league to league wherever you play its just that some clubs have more money than others to spend on pro's, facilities and equipment. I am very much looking forward to the new season in a different environment but will be keeping a close eye on the ribb league - my money on clitheroe they have signed some decent players and think their pro, if he is here for full season will get 100+ wkts & nearly 1000 runs. Thanks to Herbie for the well wishes.
[quote][p][bold]rishto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sir claude[/bold] wrote: Having played in the Aire-Wharfe for many years I have a feeling Big Wal and Crads will be pleasantly surprised by the standard. Steeton should suit you Wal, good track, short boundarys. Fairly unforgiving for bowlers though, I've seen 300 knocked off a few times. Give my regards to John Akrigg,a Steeton stalwart and a good lad too.[/p][/quote]any news from barlick sir claude?? same team as last yr??[/p][/quote]will pass on your regards Sir Claude. By no means expecting an easy ride as i know there are some good teams & players. we are back to the old discussion from last season - for me the standard of cricket amateurwise differs very little from league to league wherever you play its just that some clubs have more money than others to spend on pro's, facilities and equipment. I am very much looking forward to the new season in a different environment but will be keeping a close eye on the ribb league - my money on clitheroe they have signed some decent players and think their pro, if he is here for full season will get 100+ wkts & nearly 1000 runs. Thanks to Herbie for the well wishes. Big Wal
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10:48pm Wed 14 Mar 12

APTurner says...

A belated happy 2012 to all Ribb league posters and watchers. I hope all have a good 2012 season. chat burn rd looks like its been busy during the transfer window? They wil have very strong thirds and fourths with all the local youth and talent being forced to bide their time to get a 1st or 2nd team opportunity. also Seems we have a lot of change upon us regards to league 2013 set up. Be interested to get some constructive discussions regards to what's currently being planned. Im sure it will be very helpful for the league committee if the discussions are sensible and proactive. Andy Turner
A belated happy 2012 to all Ribb league posters and watchers. I hope all have a good 2012 season. chat burn rd looks like its been busy during the transfer window? They wil have very strong thirds and fourths with all the local youth and talent being forced to bide their time to get a 1st or 2nd team opportunity. also Seems we have a lot of change upon us regards to league 2013 set up. Be interested to get some constructive discussions regards to what's currently being planned. Im sure it will be very helpful for the league committee if the discussions are sensible and proactive. Andy Turner APTurner
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7:10am Fri 16 Mar 12

The Dude says...

APTurner wrote:
A belated happy 2012 to all Ribb league posters and watchers. I hope all have a good 2012 season. chat burn rd looks like its been busy during the transfer window? They wil have very strong thirds and fourths with all the local youth and talent being forced to bide their time to get a 1st or 2nd team opportunity. also Seems we have a lot of change upon us regards to league 2013 set up. Be interested to get some constructive discussions regards to what's currently being planned. Im sure it will be very helpful for the league committee if the discussions are sensible and proactive. Andy Turner
Couldn't agree more Andy, a sensible and proactive discussion on a newspaper comments section with people with more pseudonyms than MI5 agents is just what's required. I'd be interested to find out if you'd be happy skippering Read 4th X1 in the new set up?
[quote][p][bold]APTurner[/bold] wrote: A belated happy 2012 to all Ribb league posters and watchers. I hope all have a good 2012 season. chat burn rd looks like its been busy during the transfer window? They wil have very strong thirds and fourths with all the local youth and talent being forced to bide their time to get a 1st or 2nd team opportunity. also Seems we have a lot of change upon us regards to league 2013 set up. Be interested to get some constructive discussions regards to what's currently being planned. Im sure it will be very helpful for the league committee if the discussions are sensible and proactive. Andy Turner[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more Andy, a sensible and proactive discussion on a newspaper comments section with people with more pseudonyms than MI5 agents is just what's required. I'd be interested to find out if you'd be happy skippering Read 4th X1 in the new set up? The Dude
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8:16am Fri 16 Mar 12

HecticBigBoy says...

Nice to see things have quietened off at Earby at last, New Skipper that has the support of the committee, and looks to have the backing of the players, practices have started and appear to be well supported, around the 20 mark for a March Sunday outdoors looks good. A couple of signings - Danny Kegg, after many years at Nelson and a brief spell at Barlick (anyone can make a mistake), plus a guy who played in Birmingham, played county 2nds in his youth. Return of a few old faces, and the club pulling together to get things back on track after a disappointing year in 2011. May be a re-building period but smiles around the place again. Good luck fellas for an enjoyable season. HBB
Nice to see things have quietened off at Earby at last, New Skipper that has the support of the committee, and looks to have the backing of the players, practices have started and appear to be well supported, around the 20 mark for a March Sunday outdoors looks good. A couple of signings - Danny Kegg, after many years at Nelson and a brief spell at Barlick (anyone can make a mistake), plus a guy who played in Birmingham, played county 2nds in his youth. Return of a few old faces, and the club pulling together to get things back on track after a disappointing year in 2011. May be a re-building period but smiles around the place again. Good luck fellas for an enjoyable season. HBB HecticBigBoy
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8:25am Fri 16 Mar 12

HecticBigBoy says...

The Curator wrote:
Come on guys . There has clearly been some issues at Earby CC and surely that is their business . Fair play it is all very interesting who is playing where ,but is there any real need to start slating the Aire Wharfe league ,where there is some pretty decent cricket played . A close friend of mine spent many years playing for Rawdon .They like a number of clubs in the Aire Wharfe have some great facilities and lovely wickets and have produced players for the county . The late Ken Snellgrove , and his son spent several years at Skipton CC . Ken was an excellent player representing Lancs many times . So lets all go easy with the pie and peas talk . Good luck to Pete Bairstow ,i came across him last year and was a credit to Earby CC . Cheers to all for 2012 .
Apologies, you are right, i shouldn't slate any level of cricket, its more a case of playing in front of one man and his dog. But yes there are talented cricketers through all leagues and its a game we all love, was annoyed at things said on here which caused more ill feeling than necessary about what had been a poor year. All the best for the season all players and officials from all leagues. Your in Cricket HBB
[quote][p][bold]The Curator[/bold] wrote: Come on guys . There has clearly been some issues at Earby CC and surely that is their business . Fair play it is all very interesting who is playing where ,but is there any real need to start slating the Aire Wharfe league ,where there is some pretty decent cricket played . A close friend of mine spent many years playing for Rawdon .They like a number of clubs in the Aire Wharfe have some great facilities and lovely wickets and have produced players for the county . The late Ken Snellgrove ,[former Whalley CC pro ] and his son spent several years at Skipton CC . Ken was an excellent player representing Lancs many times . So lets all go easy with the pie and peas talk . Good luck to Pete Bairstow ,i came across him last year and was a credit to Earby CC . Cheers to all for 2012 .[/p][/quote]Apologies, you are right, i shouldn't slate any level of cricket, its more a case of playing in front of one man and his dog. But yes there are talented cricketers through all leagues and its a game we all love, was annoyed at things said on here which caused more ill feeling than necessary about what had been a poor year. All the best for the season all players and officials from all leagues. Your in Cricket HBB HecticBigBoy
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8:41am Fri 16 Mar 12

HecticBigBoy says...

stephenh wrote:
village bike wrote: Sorry to hear about Fred R.I.P. Suprised over mcintosh for Hassy pinch thought Bash might have made a more of a effort to keep hikm on. Glad Rishton has decided to stay with bash he is a good figure to have in the league. Why do you feel it would be good move for swindles to ossy? its poor wickets dont see yoru logic in that pinch, surely bash will struggling with bowling this year. Has Swindles improved on his bowling?Me and other spectators always thought he was a batsman, can you share the views on this rishto? another rumour flying about Le breton back to clitheroe? looks to be a intresting league,shame about earby falling to pieces.
Earby are not falling to pieces ! This season will be tough..But Im sure we will upset some teams & always have the Earby fighting spirit .. Our main aim this season is to blood some of our young kids & hopefully keep our 2nds in Div 1 ! ! Ali Azmat is one of the best pros in the league & has its his last year of a 2 year contract , Im sure he will be putting himself in the shop window , whether it's us who resign him or someone else !! Finally I would like to wish the players who have left to pastures new, a successful season ! !
Well said Stephenh, keep the pro happy and involved, a happy pro is a pro who will perform, and Ali Azmat is a top pro.
[quote][p][bold]stephenh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]village bike[/bold] wrote: Sorry to hear about Fred R.I.P. Suprised over mcintosh for Hassy pinch thought Bash might have made a more of a effort to keep hikm on. Glad Rishton has decided to stay with bash he is a good figure to have in the league. Why do you feel it would be good move for swindles to ossy? its poor wickets dont see yoru logic in that pinch, surely bash will struggling with bowling this year. Has Swindles improved on his bowling?Me and other spectators always thought he was a batsman, can you share the views on this rishto? another rumour flying about Le breton back to clitheroe? looks to be a intresting league,shame about earby falling to pieces.[/p][/quote]Earby are not falling to pieces ! This season will be tough..But Im sure we will upset some teams & always have the Earby fighting spirit .. Our main aim this season is to blood some of our young kids & hopefully keep our 2nds in Div 1 ! ! Ali Azmat is one of the best pros in the league & has its his last year of a 2 year contract , Im sure he will be putting himself in the shop window , whether it's us who resign him or someone else !! Finally I would like to wish the players who have left to pastures new, a successful season ! ![/p][/quote]Well said Stephenh, keep the pro happy and involved, a happy pro is a pro who will perform, and Ali Azmat is a top pro. HecticBigBoy
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9:25am Fri 16 Mar 12

APTurner says...

Dude, something as important as these changes needs unity. I'm as competitive as most on field but in this situation requires constructive discussion. Read 2nds will always be Read 2nds but you are correct in presuming I won't skipper in what potentially could be the 4th tier of the Ribb league. Many senior players and more importantly many decent youth players will end up in lancs league or on a transfer merry go round. For example if brinscal or belvedere were in 2nd tier of the of the senior league there power to take players from the two division below is massive. Yes the top league will improve with the new teams and yes meaningless end of season games will be at an end but that will be to the detriment of the rest of league set up. Andy Turner
Dude, something as important as these changes needs unity. I'm as competitive as most on field but in this situation requires constructive discussion. Read 2nds will always be Read 2nds but you are correct in presuming I won't skipper in what potentially could be the 4th tier of the Ribb league. Many senior players and more importantly many decent youth players will end up in lancs league or on a transfer merry go round. For example if brinscal or belvedere were in 2nd tier of the of the senior league there power to take players from the two division below is massive. Yes the top league will improve with the new teams and yes meaningless end of season games will be at an end but that will be to the detriment of the rest of league set up. Andy Turner APTurner
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10:11am Fri 16 Mar 12

Pinch Hitter says...

From what I have heard only one club committed to join up to press.
Assuming one more can be found would mean a reduction to an 18 game league season? Great idea!!, can see the many good young players who have left league in recent seasons flooding back to be a part of that.

Wonder if the powers that be have also considered the scenario that the changes may create vacancies in other leagues which disgruntled Rib League clubs may wish to take advantage of? A trip to Stanley Park or an encounter away at Stacksteads, difficult choice to make?

Finally also hearing that the Leagues recruitment methods have not gone down to well with their counterparts in other Leagues.
From what I have heard only one club committed to join up to press. Assuming one more can be found would mean a reduction to an 18 game league season? Great idea!!, can see the many good young players who have left league in recent seasons flooding back to be a part of that. Wonder if the powers that be have also considered the scenario that the changes may create vacancies in other leagues which disgruntled Rib League clubs may wish to take advantage of? A trip to Stanley Park or an encounter away at Stacksteads, difficult choice to make? Finally also hearing that the Leagues recruitment methods have not gone down to well with their counterparts in other Leagues. Pinch Hitter
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10:39am Fri 16 Mar 12

HecticBigBoy says...

Pinch Hitter wrote:
From what I have heard only one club committed to join up to press. Assuming one more can be found would mean a reduction to an 18 game league season? Great idea!!, can see the many good young players who have left league in recent seasons flooding back to be a part of that. Wonder if the powers that be have also considered the scenario that the changes may create vacancies in other leagues which disgruntled Rib League clubs may wish to take advantage of? A trip to Stanley Park or an encounter away at Stacksteads, difficult choice to make? Finally also hearing that the Leagues recruitment methods have not gone down to well with their counterparts in other Leagues.
I agree, it always causes turmoil when people look at restructuring leagues, and in the end it generally ends up as 'no change'. The Bolton League and the Lancashire League have both looked at it, I think from memory many years ago, Blackpool tried several times to join the Lancashire League and in the end it fell by the wayside due to the rules on paid players, and many clubs object to travelling further afield. The League has lost teams in recent years and the executive are right to look at keeping numbers up, but must be careful that they dont end up, as you say, with an 18 match season!!
[quote][p][bold]Pinch Hitter[/bold] wrote: From what I have heard only one club committed to join up to press. Assuming one more can be found would mean a reduction to an 18 game league season? Great idea!!, can see the many good young players who have left league in recent seasons flooding back to be a part of that. Wonder if the powers that be have also considered the scenario that the changes may create vacancies in other leagues which disgruntled Rib League clubs may wish to take advantage of? A trip to Stanley Park or an encounter away at Stacksteads, difficult choice to make? Finally also hearing that the Leagues recruitment methods have not gone down to well with their counterparts in other Leagues.[/p][/quote]I agree, it always causes turmoil when people look at restructuring leagues, and in the end it generally ends up as 'no change'. The Bolton League and the Lancashire League have both looked at it, I think from memory many years ago, Blackpool tried several times to join the Lancashire League and in the end it fell by the wayside due to the rules on paid players, and many clubs object to travelling further afield. The League has lost teams in recent years and the executive are right to look at keeping numbers up, but must be careful that they dont end up, as you say, with an 18 match season!! HecticBigBoy
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11:43am Fri 16 Mar 12

EarbyAsh says...

HecticBigBoy wrote:
Nice to see things have quietened off at Earby at last, New Skipper that has the support of the committee, and looks to have the backing of the players, practices have started and appear to be well supported, around the 20 mark for a March Sunday outdoors looks good. A couple of signings - Danny Kegg, after many years at Nelson and a brief spell at Barlick (anyone can make a mistake), plus a guy who played in Birmingham, played county 2nds in his youth. Return of a few old faces, and the club pulling together to get things back on track after a disappointing year in 2011. May be a re-building period but smiles around the place again. Good luck fellas for an enjoyable season. HBB
Nice to hear that Hectic, I hate to see sour grapes from a player that leaves .... good luck to them wherever they go, but it looks like things might be on the up now at Earby!
[quote][p][bold]HecticBigBoy[/bold] wrote: Nice to see things have quietened off at Earby at last, New Skipper that has the support of the committee, and looks to have the backing of the players, practices have started and appear to be well supported, around the 20 mark for a March Sunday outdoors looks good. A couple of signings - Danny Kegg, after many years at Nelson and a brief spell at Barlick (anyone can make a mistake), plus a guy who played in Birmingham, played county 2nds in his youth. Return of a few old faces, and the club pulling together to get things back on track after a disappointing year in 2011. May be a re-building period but smiles around the place again. Good luck fellas for an enjoyable season. HBB[/p][/quote]Nice to hear that Hectic, I hate to see sour grapes from a player that leaves .... good luck to them wherever they go, but it looks like things might be on the up now at Earby! EarbyAsh
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12:16pm Fri 16 Mar 12

rishto says...

think would be great idea as long as the six or seven clubs who joined were of good standard and games were not lost as revenue would be impacted due to loss of home games, promotion/relegation would make it more interesting for all concerned
think would be great idea as long as the six or seven clubs who joined were of good standard and games were not lost as revenue would be impacted due to loss of home games, promotion/relegation would make it more interesting for all concerned rishto
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12:30pm Fri 16 Mar 12

Pinch Hitter says...

I agree Rishy but unfortunately can't see another 6 or 7 of a decent standard joining.
I agree Rishy but unfortunately can't see another 6 or 7 of a decent standard joining. Pinch Hitter
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12:45pm Fri 16 Mar 12

APTurner says...

Great idea Mark! Let's hope you don't have a dodgy season 2013 then. Finish 12th and then spend 2014 enjoying the lower tier potentially playing at numerous clubs with very poor wickets,facilities, youth set ups etc. Mr knowles at haslingden will be on phone pretty soon I bet if that's the case. Funny pinch how you did not agree 4 or so posts ago now you?? Andy
Great idea Mark! Let's hope you don't have a dodgy season 2013 then. Finish 12th and then spend 2014 enjoying the lower tier potentially playing at numerous clubs with very poor wickets,facilities, youth set ups etc. Mr knowles at haslingden will be on phone pretty soon I bet if that's the case. Funny pinch how you did not agree 4 or so posts ago now you?? Andy APTurner
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12:46pm Fri 16 Mar 12

rishto says...

Pinch Hitter wrote:
I agree Rishy but unfortunately can't see another 6 or 7 of a decent standard joining.
Thats the problem pinch unless there are clubs who are struggling with travel in the northern league or maybe even lancs league sides especially with this years fixtures playing bank holiday sunday and monday which hasnt gone down well with people i know who play in lancs league.Surely though clubs who get accepted must have the facilities etc similiar to what is already on offer in senior league if not then they shouldnt be allowed in as standard will suffer and players will certainly move on .
[quote][p][bold]Pinch Hitter[/bold] wrote: I agree Rishy but unfortunately can't see another 6 or 7 of a decent standard joining.[/p][/quote]Thats the problem pinch unless there are clubs who are struggling with travel in the northern league or maybe even lancs league sides especially with this years fixtures playing bank holiday sunday and monday which hasnt gone down well with people i know who play in lancs league.Surely though clubs who get accepted must have the facilities etc similiar to what is already on offer in senior league if not then they shouldnt be allowed in as standard will suffer and players will certainly move on . rishto
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1:22pm Fri 16 Mar 12

Pinch Hitter says...

Just to clarify my views for the hard of thinking.

A)I agree if 6 or 7 teams of a good standard can be recruited it is a good idea.

B) I don’t think A above will happen and if it goes ahead with 2 divisions of 10 it will be a bad idea.

Didn’t think it was that complicated.
Just to clarify my views for the hard of thinking. A)I agree if 6 or 7 teams of a good standard can be recruited it is a good idea. B) I don’t think A above will happen and if it goes ahead with 2 divisions of 10 it will be a bad idea. Didn’t think it was that complicated. Pinch Hitter
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2:07pm Fri 16 Mar 12

EarbyAsh says...

Pinch Hitter wrote:
Just to clarify my views for the hard of thinking. A)I agree if 6 or 7 teams of a good standard can be recruited it is a good idea. B) I don’t think A above will happen and if it goes ahead with 2 divisions of 10 it will be a bad idea. Didn’t think it was that complicated.
Correct on both counts, and the hope is the league dont decide to take any club on just to get the numbers they want. At least it should be decided by the member clubs and not just the executive
[quote][p][bold]Pinch Hitter[/bold] wrote: Just to clarify my views for the hard of thinking. A)I agree if 6 or 7 teams of a good standard can be recruited it is a good idea. B) I don’t think A above will happen and if it goes ahead with 2 divisions of 10 it will be a bad idea. Didn’t think it was that complicated.[/p][/quote]Correct on both counts, and the hope is the league dont decide to take any club on just to get the numbers they want. At least it should be decided by the member clubs and not just the executive EarbyAsh
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2:57pm Fri 16 Mar 12

rishto says...

APTurner wrote:
Great idea Mark! Let's hope you don't have a dodgy season 2013 then. Finish 12th and then spend 2014 enjoying the lower tier potentially playing at numerous clubs with very poor wickets,facilities, youth set ups etc. Mr knowles at haslingden will be on phone pretty soon I bet if that's the case. Funny pinch how you did not agree 4 or so posts ago now you?? Andy
did i not say that the teams must be of good standard so regardless of what division standard will be no worse than now
[quote][p][bold]APTurner[/bold] wrote: Great idea Mark! Let's hope you don't have a dodgy season 2013 then. Finish 12th and then spend 2014 enjoying the lower tier potentially playing at numerous clubs with very poor wickets,facilities, youth set ups etc. Mr knowles at haslingden will be on phone pretty soon I bet if that's the case. Funny pinch how you did not agree 4 or so posts ago now you?? Andy[/p][/quote]did i not say that the teams must be of good standard so regardless of what division standard will be no worse than now rishto
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3:39pm Fri 16 Mar 12

APTurner says...

So mark its all ok as long as first team is a better standard but sod rest of the league and sod youth development . You will have no fringe 1st team players who will be prepared to play in your seconds who will probably be in the 4th tier based on last years relegation. Who wants to play at that level if you get dropped. 1sts fantastic standard 2nds who are in lower tier will be full of rubbish. You got to look at whole picture. I predict lots of current senior league teams will leave for pastures new if this come in and as a member of a club who has always been in the league how sad a day will that be. Total madness
So mark its all ok as long as first team is a better standard but sod rest of the league and sod youth development . You will have no fringe 1st team players who will be prepared to play in your seconds who will probably be in the 4th tier based on last years relegation. Who wants to play at that level if you get dropped. 1sts fantastic standard 2nds who are in lower tier will be full of rubbish. You got to look at whole picture. I predict lots of current senior league teams will leave for pastures new if this come in and as a member of a club who has always been in the league how sad a day will that be. Total madness APTurner
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4:14pm Fri 16 Mar 12

rishto says...

wot will change from this year seconds will play against seconds
wot will change from this year seconds will play against seconds rishto
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5:53pm Fri 16 Mar 12

APTurner says...

Tell that to your second team seniors warby and hothersoll when they playing week in week out at undesirable lower standard clubs that currently can't compete in the current poor div 2 standard whilst some certain first teams sit in lower tier of firsts without having the ability or club development clubs like yours and mine strive hard to maintain. Andy
Tell that to your second team seniors warby and hothersoll when they playing week in week out at undesirable lower standard clubs that currently can't compete in the current poor div 2 standard whilst some certain first teams sit in lower tier of firsts without having the ability or club development clubs like yours and mine strive hard to maintain. Andy APTurner
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9:19pm Fri 16 Mar 12

rishto says...

do you know what andy lets carry on this debate when everyone is in control of true facts or proposals and whether or not it gets passed
do you know what andy lets carry on this debate when everyone is in control of true facts or proposals and whether or not it gets passed rishto
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9:20am Sat 17 Mar 12

APTurner says...

Agreed, Mark. Andy Turner
Agreed, Mark. Andy Turner APTurner
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10:02am Sat 17 Mar 12

UmpireTrell says...

Personally I reckon the League are putting themselves one step ahead of other Leagues . We have already lost Blackburn Northern , who is next ? There are a lot of clubs struggling for players and struggling financially . The time is fast approaching when cricket clubs are going to fold and the ones left will be looking for the best,most forward thinking League to play in and I reckon the new set up will offer that . Why should the standard of 2nd team cricket drop ? The lads playing 2nds will still be playing to try and gain promotion to the first XI . Why not look at it that the teams like Stacksteads will improve and bring in new players who have turned them down in the past because the standard they played in was too low . As for an 18 game season again I think it is good , for whatever reason a lot of lads do miss games especially Sundays so a shorter season played on Saturdays only maybe , will be attractive to them .
Personally I reckon the League are putting themselves one step ahead of other Leagues . We have already lost Blackburn Northern , who is next ? There are a lot of clubs struggling for players and struggling financially . The time is fast approaching when cricket clubs are going to fold and the ones left will be looking for the best,most forward thinking League to play in and I reckon the new set up will offer that . Why should the standard of 2nd team cricket drop ? The lads playing 2nds will still be playing to try and gain promotion to the first XI . Why not look at it that the teams like Stacksteads will improve and bring in new players who have turned them down in the past because the standard they played in was too low . As for an 18 game season again I think it is good , for whatever reason a lot of lads do miss games especially Sundays so a shorter season played on Saturdays only maybe , will be attractive to them . UmpireTrell
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11:20am Sat 17 Mar 12

rishto says...

UmpireTrell wrote:
Personally I reckon the League are putting themselves one step ahead of other Leagues . We have already lost Blackburn Northern , who is next ? There are a lot of clubs struggling for players and struggling financially . The time is fast approaching when cricket clubs are going to fold and the ones left will be looking for the best,most forward thinking League to play in and I reckon the new set up will offer that . Why should the standard of 2nd team cricket drop ? The lads playing 2nds will still be playing to try and gain promotion to the first XI . Why not look at it that the teams like Stacksteads will improve and bring in new players who have turned them down in the past because the standard they played in was too low . As for an 18 game season again I think it is good , for whatever reason a lot of lads do miss games especially Sundays so a shorter season played on Saturdays only maybe , will be attractive to them .
trouble is trell is that lost home games equals lost revenue espe cially the better supported teams we would struggle certainly, the only way round it would be to play all cup games on saturdays including 20/20 that way no saturdays would be missed and the 20/20 days could be more organised with children entertainment , music etc which could bring in even more revenue
[quote][p][bold]UmpireTrell[/bold] wrote: Personally I reckon the League are putting themselves one step ahead of other Leagues . We have already lost Blackburn Northern , who is next ? There are a lot of clubs struggling for players and struggling financially . The time is fast approaching when cricket clubs are going to fold and the ones left will be looking for the best,most forward thinking League to play in and I reckon the new set up will offer that . Why should the standard of 2nd team cricket drop ? The lads playing 2nds will still be playing to try and gain promotion to the first XI . Why not look at it that the teams like Stacksteads will improve and bring in new players who have turned them down in the past because the standard they played in was too low . As for an 18 game season again I think it is good , for whatever reason a lot of lads do miss games especially Sundays so a shorter season played on Saturdays only maybe , will be attractive to them .[/p][/quote]trouble is trell is that lost home games equals lost revenue espe cially the better supported teams we would struggle certainly, the only way round it would be to play all cup games on saturdays including 20/20 that way no saturdays would be missed and the 20/20 days could be more organised with children entertainment , music etc which could bring in even more revenue rishto
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12:23pm Sat 17 Mar 12

APTurner says...

Trell, I believe stacksteads could be playing at new hall hey 2012. I hope you enjoy umpiring there 2013 remember to take your first aid kit with you to there,belverdere and brinscall because any half decent pro bowler will seriously hurt players players bowling on those wickets.
Trell, I believe stacksteads could be playing at new hall hey 2012. I hope you enjoy umpiring there 2013 remember to take your first aid kit with you to there,belverdere and brinscall because any half decent pro bowler will seriously hurt players players bowling on those wickets. APTurner
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12:37pm Sat 17 Mar 12

The Curator says...

Some good points made by many above . Personally i think everyone needs to decide what the main aims are here with these proposals .
For me it is all getting a bit too radical , creating extra divisions etc etc. If clubs want it then reduce the size of the senior league , fine .Do this over a couple of years by simply creating some promotion / relegation between Div one and the senior league for first teams only with facilities of a certain standard .
Why should Belverdere not be considered for promotion if and only if it was decided their facilities were good enough. The number years Salesbury had to wait to be allowed promotion after wining Div one countless times was poor .
Each new application to join the league could be viewed on its individual merit and their 1st eleven possibly placed in Division 1 initially .
Whichever system is adopted promotion and relegation through the divisions is in my opinion a must . With the obvious exception of clubs 1sts and 2nds playing each other .That way you have the best cricket being played in the top league by the best players . As Andy Turner points out lets make sure we look after the lower leagues and youth set ups in all this . Clubs could take their 2nds or 3rds to other leagues and the Ribb league can ill afford this .
Finally be careful creating 10 team leagues ,look at Div 2 last year some teams actually only played 14 games .
Cheers to all for 2012 .
Ted .
Some good points made by many above . Personally i think everyone needs to decide what the main aims are here with these proposals . For me it is all getting a bit too radical , creating extra divisions etc etc. If clubs want it then reduce the size of the senior league , fine .Do this over a couple of years by simply creating some promotion / relegation between Div one and the senior league for first teams only with facilities of a certain standard . Why should Belverdere not be considered for promotion if and only if it was decided their facilities were good enough. The number years Salesbury had to wait to be allowed promotion after wining Div one countless times was poor . Each new application to join the league could be viewed on its individual merit and their 1st eleven possibly placed in Division 1 initially . Whichever system is adopted promotion and relegation through the divisions is in my opinion a must . With the obvious exception of clubs 1sts and 2nds playing each other .That way you have the best cricket being played in the top league by the best players . As Andy Turner points out lets make sure we look after the lower leagues and youth set ups in all this . Clubs could take their 2nds or 3rds to other leagues and the Ribb league can ill afford this . Finally be careful creating 10 team leagues ,look at Div 2 last year some teams actually only played 14 games . Cheers to all for 2012 . Ted . The Curator
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