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Talking Cricket: A new dawn for the Ribblesdale League

Lancashire Telegraph: Talking Cricket: A new dawn for the Ribblesdale League

11:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

SO here we go with the brave new world...after a winter of debate, discussion and countless posts on message boards the cricket is ready to take centre stage.

Talking Cricket: Another year of history beckons

Lancashire Telegraph: Lowerhouse were Twenty20 champions in 2013

10:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

IT’S a league brimming with history, a league that has put little East Lancashire towns like Rawtenstall, Bacup, Nelson, Haslingden, Accrington and Colne on the map.

TALKING CRICKET: Time was right for KP to go

Lancashire Telegraph: Kevin Pietersen

12:30pm Thursday 6th February 2014

TAKE a bow Paul Downton. The new big cheese of English cricket has certainly made a big impression on the game since taking over.

DAILY SPORT DEBATE: Should Andy Flower keep his England job?

Lancashire Telegraph: THE DAILY SPORTS DEBATE: Does the England cricket management team need changing?

6:00am Tuesday 7th January 2014

England coach Andy Flower says he “can’t be any clearer” about his desire to continue in the job despite his side’s 5-0 Ashes defeat in Australia.

Matt Donlan on Sunday: A day of cheer for locals

Lancashire Telegraph: Bournemouth old boy Danny Ings, pictured with Junior Stanislas, is fired up for reunion

12:33pm Sunday 22nd December 2013

NOW that's what you call a Saturday!

THE DAILY SPORTS DEBATE: Can England rediscover their cricket form

Lancashire Telegraph: THE DAILY SPORTS DEBATE: Can England rediscover their cricket form

6:00am Monday 16th December 2013

ENGLAND are on the verge of losing their grip on the Ashes after yet another miserable display against Australia in Perth.

Matt Donlan on Sunday...Ashes to ashes

Lancashire Telegraph: England's Stuart Broad (centre) celebrates taking the wicket of Australia's George Bailey (right) during day one of the Second Test Match at the Adelaide Oval

9:31pm Sunday 15th December 2013

In a few hours time England's grip on the Ashes could well come to an end.

Matt Donlan on Sunday: The game is going madder quicker

Lancashire Telegraph: Is money ruining football?

10:58am Sunday 1st December 2013

A new weekly sports column from the Lancashire Telegraph's Matt Donlan

Talking Cricket: Hoghton’s battle is a win for cricket

6:58am Wednesday 17th July 2013

THE good people of Hoghton Cricket Club can feel rightly proud of themselves this morning – and everyone else in the cricket family should raise a glass to them after they fought back and defended their ground against an unusual threat.

Talking Cricket: Girls deserve an even break

6:10am Thursday 11th July 2013

PEOPLE who know me will vouch for the fact that I am not exactly at the forefront of modern thinking.

Talking Cricket column: It's a new season of fresh hope

6:20pm Thursday 11th April 2013

A NEW season means new hope and new ambition as clubs dream of a glorious few sun-drenched months, huge crowds and silverware galore.

Talking Cricket: Technology may not be the answer

7:35am Wednesday 27th June 2012

TECHNOLOGY is on the lips of most of the pundits just at the moment with those who profess to know all there is to know about football insisting that now is the time to change the face of the game and introduce aids for the officials.

Matt Donlan cricket column: Ticket price should mirror Aussies

2:50pm Wednesday 20th June 2012

WATCHING Chris Gayle smash the England bowling attack around the Oval yesterday was a sight to behold as he played one of the most destructive 50s you will ever see.

Rain is a pain - but the chat is good

10:50am Wednesday 13th June 2012

ANOTHER Saturday afternoon spent staring out of the windows of a cricket pavilion watching the rain fall on a sodden field.

Talking Cricket: League will take 'rested' Anderson

8:01am Wednesday 6th June 2012

ENGLAND’S cricket team is developing a reputation as being extremely good – but lacking in off-the-field class.

Talking Cricket: Pro shows mean the leagues stay strong

7:30am Wednesday 30th May 2012

SOME people insist there is no place in modern league cricket for the professionals.

Talking Cricket: The Cup retains it's magic

8:00am Wednesday 23rd May 2012

THE Lancashire League’s historic Worsley Cup competition is known throughout cricket as a tournament to savour.

Matt Donlan cricket column: It's a funny old game, whatever the weather

11:40am Wednesday 16th May 2012

IT’S a damp day at the end of a wet week and suddenly a ball pops and raps a batsman on the knuckles – and some players seem to think the world is going to end.

Talking Cricket: Any change must be thought through

7:30am Wednesday 2nd May 2012

ANOTHER week and another washout and straight away two of the Lancashire League’s five fixed reserve dates have been taken up. That has led to frustration from players and spectators alike – and has opened up a debate that seems to come around on an annual basis.

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

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

8:31am Monday 20th February 2012

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...

Clitheroe Cobras in the UAE: Day Six and mixing with the stars

Lancashire Telegraph: HEY UP SKIPPER: Cobras meet Alistair Cook

7:44pm Sunday 19th February 2012

Young cricketers from Clitheroe Cobras are in the UAE to support England in the one-day series, in Day Seven of his blog, coach FAROUK HUSSAIN tells how the youngsters mixed with the stars...

Clitheroe Cobras in the UAE: Day Four and it's a day without cricket

Lancashire Telegraph: DAY IN THE DESERT: Cobras relax

8:46am Thursday 16th February 2012

Young cricketers from Clitheroe Cobras are in the UAE to support England in the one-day series, in Day Four of his blog, coach FAROUK HUSSAIN describes how his charges coped on a day without cricket...

Clitheroe Cobras in the UAE: Day Three and our chief jester courts fame

Lancashire Telegraph: TOUR TIME: The youngsters face the camera

7:33am Wednesday 15th February 2012

Young cricketers from Clitheroe Cobras are in the UAE to support England in the one-day series, in Day Three of his blog, coach FAROUK HUSSAIN describes how his charges gained a spot of fame...

Clitheroe Cobras in the UAE: Day Two and it's a case of spin when you're winning

Lancashire Telegraph: TAKING IT IN: Young Cobras enjoy the surroundings

7:23am Wednesday 15th February 2012

Young cricketers from Clitheroe Cobras are in the UAE to support England in the one-day series, here coach FAROUK HUSSAIN explains how spin could well be the future...

The year has not been a bad vintage

10:43am Wednesday 14th September 2011

SO that was the season that was. There have been highs and there have been lows – but I reckon that in years to come people will look back at 2011 as one of the good ones.

Talking Cricket: Strauss switch is nothing but a farce

8:14am Thursday 23rd June 2011

CRICKET is too often mocked. Players in Test matches come off when the slightest spit of rain falls – and when it fines up they go and have their tea.

Plaque’s the way I like it – but statue of Lord Learie is now due

2:30pm Wednesday 18th May 2011

IT was a nice touch of Pendle Council to finally honour the legendary Lord Learie Constantine by unveiling a blue plaque on his old house in Nelson...but it is the least they could do.

Talking Cricket: Give the county stars a shot in the league

10:09am Wednesday 11th May 2011

SURREY batsman Michael Brown returned to his roots on Saturday as he turned out for Burnley CC in the Lancashire League against Rishton.

Sports Blog: World Cup shows the leagues are strong

8:52am Friday 25th March 2011

THE lament is a familiar one, league cricket is dying. It ain't what it used to be. We don't see any good pros anymore.

TALKING CRICKET: Red Rose mistakes can't be made again

9:44am Friday 11th March 2011

LANCASHIRE got the green light for their development of Old Trafford yesterday - and it is good news in the fact that the famous old ground can continue to stage international cricket.

Talking Cricket Column: Gulf in class is a worry

10:34am Thursday 24th February 2011

CRICKET’S World Cup is well underway - and already the gulf between the big boys and the rest is being highlighted.

The Ashes Blog: Get set for a cracker

10:41am Friday 24th December 2010

THERE cannot be a cricket fan not feeling the tension and excitement ahead of the fourth Ashes Test...and bring it on.

Talking Cricket: Squad proves league still rules

8:44am Tuesday 16th November 2010

THE harbingers of doom say the Lancashire League is on its last legs. They say, almost with a joy in their voices, that the most famous cricket league on the planet is struggling and the days of good professionals are gone.

Talking Cricket: It's not quite the full Monty

9:12am Friday 24th September 2010

IT’S 61 days until the start of the Ashes and yesterday’s announcement of the England squad, an announcement made with all the sort of pomp and false sense of over importance normally associated with naming the shortlist for the best middle manager of a middling local authority, sets the pulse racing ahead of the big winter.

The eyes have it as Lancashire fans travel

Lancashire Telegraph: LIVER-COOL: Aigburth

11:06am Wednesday 8th September 2010

Matt Donlan's Talking Cricket column: An interesting day was had at Liverpool last week as Lancashire won what eventually turned out to be a thrilling County Championship game against Hampshire.

Talking Cricket: League four are what the game is about

11:34am Saturday 4th September 2010

CRICKET fans around the globe will all have felt the pain of deep sadness in the pits of their stomachs on Sunday morning when they heard the news of the allegations against the Pakistan cricket team.

Talking Cricket: Lack of sell-out shows the price is wrong

3:30pm Wednesday 25th August 2010

SHOCK horror, Lord’s may not be full for the opening day of the Test match with Pakistan tomorrow – and I couldn’t be happier.

Talking cricket column: Another year of misery

4:30pm Wednesday 18th August 2010

SO here we go yet again, another competition that Lancashire will not be winning this season after the capitulation at Somerset the other night in the CB40.

Talking cricket column: Anwar is a great signing

1:50pm Wednesday 11th August 2010

SUNDAY’S Worsley Cup final proved just what everyone knows already – the quality of the profes-sionals in the Lancashire League are what make the game special.

A fit Fred should spend a year as pro

11:30am Wednesday 4th August 2010

Matt Donlan's Talking Cricket column: So, Andrew Flintoff will not play cricket again this year.

Let’s hope the fans pass the Test

3:19pm Wednesday 28th July 2010

Matt Donlan column: There are few more truly depressing sights than seeing a cricket ground with swathes and swathes of empty seats – especially when those seats are empty for a Test match.

Talking Cricket: Vintage year is on a winning streak

9:40am Wednesday 21st July 2010

NORMALLY when you hit the latter end of July you are starting to get a good idea of who will be winning cricket leagues.

Hard to beat Enfield's tea room

Lancashire Telegraph: PIES ARE US: Matt Donlan munches on top notch pie and peas at Enfield on Sunday

3:00pm Wednesday 14th July 2010

Matt Donlan's Talking Cricket column: There are few things better than a cricket tea room with a variety of cakes and sandwiches to die for.

Faf spot on over Lancashire League star names

8:31am Wednesday 14th July 2010

Matt Donlan's Talking Cricket column: So,e interesting points raised by ex-Ramsbottom professional Francois du Plessis in yesterday’s Lancashire Telegraph as he waved farewell to the Lancashire League.

Why leagues have to talk to stop cup clashes again

3:10pm Wednesday 7th July 2010

I THINK you can call it Murhpy’s Law...weeks of great weather and then the change and that return to rain – just in time for the Worsley Cup and Rams-bottom Cup semi-finals.

Switch would have boosted the clubs

Lancashire Telegraph: WHICH WAY TO LOOK: The bar at Lowerhouse during the England v Germany game

4:52pm Wednesday 30th June 2010

Talking Cricket column: Sadly the days when thousands of paying spectators crammed into the likes of Seedhill, West End, Bacup Road and the rest are in the past.

Don't take emotion away from cricket

4:50pm Wednesday 30th June 2010

Talking Cricket column: Cricket is a hard game yet there seems to be a growing – and worrying – trend of sensitivity creeping in.

Talking Cricket: Times don’t really change in sports

2:20pm Wednesday 23rd June 2010

THE chairman of a Yorkshire rugby league club once told me that the administrators of the game had the perfect product. He said that rugby league didn’t need much to make the spectators flock in.

Test was passed as fans flocked in

1:59pm Wednesday 9th June 2010

Talking Cricket column: So England duly dispatched Bangladesh inside three days at Old Trafford in one of the most one-sided Test series in years.

Talking Cricket column: Bring on the Flumps

8:40am Thursday 3rd June 2010

CRASH, bang, clatter and wallop...Twenty20 is back – and the tills of bars of the local league clubs should be ringing.



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