Last month saw the club host the 2017 season's senior presentation night. The event was hosted by Mr. Kenneth Shapcott who was aided by suitably trim speeches by Chairman Bush, First Team Skipper Danny Pickup, Second Team Skipper Aidan Tate and Third Team Gaffer Phil Broadhurst.
Before we got down to business with the awards, winners listed below, there was a thorough and interesting presentation by the Lancs League heritage group.
Lancashire League 125 Presentation
As part of a lottery funding campaign, Brian Heywood, Lancashire League Experience Project Manager, presented what the group is trying to achieve and a whole host of interesting anecdotes from yesteryear.
As entertaining as the tales of minor riots between Todmorden and Burnley fans were, the main reason Brian was there was to spread the word about The Lancashire League Experience: Celebrating 125 Years of the Lancashire Cricket League.
To keep this project going - which includes brilliant schemes such as using Lancs League history to teach local sixth form students journalism interview techniques by interviewing retired players, and using resources they've found to help dementia sufferers remember things from years ago - the group are hoping to raise enough to qualify for funding assistance in the tune of £300,000.
Here's what Bush had to say about our donation of £500 to get the ball rolling, "I have learned several things about our club's history from tonight's presentation that I didn't know.
"As a club, we appreciate how much this project can do to celebrate the League's history, raise the profile of local cricket and to help the clubs to engage with the wider community.
"I hope our donation acts as a catalyst for others as I know how important funding at the right time is to succeed."
Find out more about the project here and if you'd like to get involved in any way, no matter how small or large (it could be an old photo or amazing story, or a financial contribution or volunteering your time) then get in touch here.
A Stirring Performance By Ken
Master of Ceremonies on the night was once again Mr. Kenneth Shapcott. Never one to turn down entertaining a crowd, he performed an updated rendition of his ode to the Lancashire League. This latest adaptation welcomes all of our new competitors to the fold and is sure to whet the appetite for a thrilling 2018 season.
Bring it on.
The Prize Winners
3rd Team Awards:
Batting: Harry Tomlinson
Maiden Senior Half Century: Harry Tomlinson
Bowling: Haider Ali Khan
Manager’s Prize: Ben Sutcliffe
Joe Fletcher’s One to Watch: Rehan Zore
Joe Fletcher’s Most Improved: Harry Tomlinson
Albert Birtwell Trophy: Haider Ali Khan
2nd Team Awards:
Batting: Aidan Tate
Maiden Senior Century: Aidan Tate
Bowling: Jack Hargreave
Maiden Senior 5 Wicket Haul: Jack Hargreave
Captain’s Award: Matt Thornton
1st Team Awards:
Batting: Liam Bedford
Maiden Lancashire League Century: Liam Bedford
Bowling: Bharat Tripathi
Young Player of the Year: Matt Roberts
Roger Law Award: Matt Lamb
Captain’s Award: Joey Marshall
Player of the Year: Liam Bedford
Peter Lawson Award: Fiona Hadfield