Archive ~ 2008

The News from the 2008 Cricket Season is shown below...

Cricket Club Presentation Night

Presentation Night for the Cricket Club is Friday 10th October - the details are as follows:

The Timings

  • Juniors presentation 7.00 - 7.30 pm
  • Buffet 8.30pm
  • Senior presentation 9.15pm
  • Disco 10.00pm

The Cost

  • Attendance of juniors presentation - free
  • Buffet etc. - adults £8, u18 £4, family (2 adults and all u18 children) £16

The Entertainment ???

  • Chairman's & Captain's speeches
  • Prize presentations
  • Duck bat
  • Raffle
  • Disco

Please attend if you can - the more the merrier!

Please email Mike Beckett to let him know if you are coming or not.

News of Peter Gould

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Eight years ago, Peter Gould pictured, left the area to go and live in Holland with his brother.

This year the cricket urge has come back and he has joined a top club near Amsterdam, where he has now managed to get into the 2nd XI.

They are coached by the Canterbury spin coach and the brother of the current NZ wicketkeeper Brendan McCullum, although I doubt he will learn anything from them after his 'test match' grounding from an early age at Holm Lane!

Last Saturday they demolished the opposition for 80 after a mangled 'double Dutch' sledging from the boy from Balls Road and knocked them off quickly.

As you would expect he managed to acquire kit of all sizes and colour in no time as well as lifts and other perks, readily available to such an important signing!

Getting back to cricket has meant the postponement of this years trip to England with the lovely Barbara and when he does get to the club next, with the passing of Ron Caton he will not be chased for his 1999 subs.

I think this Dutch club should have contacted us to see if he had fulfilled all his obligations!

He sends best wishes to all his old friends and holders of the IOUs.

With his connections to cricket and golf he hopes that we will think seriously about a tour to Holland in the future.

Dave Westwater

24th/25th/26th May ~ Bank Holiday Weekend

A very good weekend for the Cricket Section.

On Saturday the first team played the league leaders, Kingsley.

We scored 153 all out, not a high score on a very good Holm Lane wicket, top score was 38 from Greg (blaster) Lindop.
They batted and were skittled for 74 by a great bowling display from Dave Fletcher, 5 for 37, well supported by veteran Chris Hitchell with 3 for 12. A great display from the team.

2nd XI lost to a strong Congleton side relegated this year from the county league.

3rd XI have won at last in spectacular fashion, scoring 235 for 5, Mal Priaulx 52, Paul Disbury 70, Captain Berkson 71 and Jon Cable 18 n.o.. Wavertree did well but finished on 195.

U-13s beat Irby 132 to 92. Top Scorer was Matt Garritty with his first 35 retired score. Pick of the bowlers was Sam Robinson.

On Sunday XI beat Yorkers in a 20/20/20/20 game, with us scoring the winning run on the last ball of the game.

On the Bank Holiday we were away to Prees C.C., a good cricket day on a freezing Monday.

We were well looked after by Gary and Jan Dawson, curry, chips and naan bread most welcome in the arctic conditions after the game. Top batting by Will Walker 96, Liam Sadler 48 and Joe Forrester 46. Top bowler Peter Bradshaw secured the win.

Photos show the Monday team at Prees and a presentation of a Prees cap to the club.

Pictured L2R Captain Nick Hitchell, Gary Dawson our host, Chairman Dave Westwater and Prees Captain Matt Price

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The Cricket Season Starts...

The Cricket season starts on Saturday 19th April for 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams, Sunday 20th April for the Sunday team and Sunday 27th April for U13 team - only 2 weeks away!

There are 2 indoor net sessions left at Birkenhead Park - Sunday 6th and Sunday 13th April - 5-6pm for juniors and 6-7pm for seniors - please make every effort to attend these in order to be ready to play well in the opening games.

We could do with a few more U13 players, so if you know anyone in that age group who wants to play then get them to come along to the last 2 indoor sessions.  Our first U13 game is 3 weeks away.

Here's to a cracking season for all!

Mike Beckett - Club Captain

Nationwide Building Society Under 15 Cup (Cheshire Division)

We have received a bye in the first round and will play at home to the winners of the New Brighton/Timperley game, to be played before May 24th.

Any player who takes 4 wickets or scores 50 runs in a match are eligible for a Merit Award Certificate; these certificates are signed by a current England player.

Nets Practice

Sessions for 2008 begin in February at Birkenhead Park's indoor nets as follows:

Seniors 6:00pm to 7:00pm From 3rd February
Juniors 5:00pm to 6:00pm From 10th February

There will be no nets practice on Easter Weekend - Sunday 23rd March

Coaching Course

Mike Beckett, Chris Beckett, Greg Lindop, Will Walker and Dave Westwater have completed the ‘Cricket coaching and organisation of club junior cricket’ course run by the Cheshire Cricket Board.

John Capps

John Capps is leaving the area to live in Market Harborough; he has been a great supporter of the club and invaluable member of the umpiring squad mainly standing in the U-13 and U-15 games. We wish him all the best and thank him for his efforts these past years.

The 2007 Season

The news items below are from the 2007 Cricket Season

Worcester Cricket Tour 2007

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A 'non' cricket tour due to the exceptional weather!

The 21 strong party enjoyed the 'non' sporting delights of Worcester dressed in rose pink tops carefully selected by Dean Dunwoody.

Captain Mike Beckett and team declined to use the Hotel gym as he felt they were at peak fitness!

No cricket, but a well organised trip at an excellent hotel thoroughly enjoyed by all the tourists.

From the top the photos are:

  • Peter Whiting, Dean Dunwoody and Chris Hitchell.
  • Our umpire Ray Prescott at the county ground deciding when play will begin!
  • Mike Beckett, Stew McEwen and Peter Whiting jubilant at finding out our last game is also cancelled.

Deposits for 2008 are now being collected.

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Ted Kearney

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Before the rains came, Dave Westwater took this picture of the Club's ever smiling, unpaid ground staff, Mike Beckett and Ted Kearney.

Ted is Will Walker's grandfather - see below for the item about Will.

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Ben Larsson

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Ben Larsson (the Club's resident Aussie) won a Net Session and Tour of Lords recently, hosted by Freddie Flintoff.

Ben attended along with some Aussie mates (The massed bar tenders of London!) to give Freddie some stick.

The guy on the left of Freddie is Ben, the rest are his Aussie mates.

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Will Walker

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On the 7th July 2007, Will Walker was on 98 but was caught on the boundary going for his 100th run.

Will is 16 years old and his 98 was for the second team, being caught on the boundary missing his maiden league century. However, the following Saturday he played for the 3rds as the 2nd team game was off and scored 102 not out.

As the Chairman gives a prize for U-18s scoring over 50 or taking 5 wickets in a league game he is proving an expensive player for Dave Westwater!

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Gary Dawson

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Old Parkonians recently played Prees village C.C. near Whitchurch but the game was washed out after tea.

Their Captain was Gary Dawson (being presented with an OPCC cap) who also runs the social club, he was a past player of ours and still comes on cricket tour with us.

He was very well known in Birkenhead for starting and owning 'Scooby Doos' and a restaurant in Hamilton Square.

To see a larger version of the photograph, click on the picture.


Results from the 2008 Season appear below.

August 23rd/24th

  • 1st XI v Castrol away lost
  • 2nd XI v Ashley home draw
  • 3rd XI v Alder home cancelled
  • Sunday XI v Windsor Wesleyans home lost

August 16th/17th

  • 1st XI v Lindow home lost
  • 2nd XI v Mere away won
  • 3rd XI v Wavertree away cancelled
  • Sunday XI v Liverpool away cancelled

August 9th/10th

  • 1st XI v Kingsley away drew
  • 2nd XI v Congleton home abandoned
  • 3rd XI v Bhead St Marys home abandoned
  • Sunday XI at Maritime tournament lost

August 2nd/3rd

  • 1st XI v Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge home drew
  • 2nd XI v Cholmondeley away lost
  • 3rd XI v Cheshire Lines away won

July 26th/27th

  • 1st XI v Wistaston away lost
  • 2nd XI v Northwich home lost
  • 3rd XI v Prescott Odyssey home won walk over
  • Tour XI v Worcester Norton Taverners away won - Duckworth Lewis
  • Tour XI v Dominies & Guild away won - Duckworth Lewis

July 19th/20th 2008

  • 1st XI v Stockport home drew
  • 2nd XI v Winsford away lost
  • 3rd XI v Parkfield Liscard away lost
  • Sunday XI v Windsor Wesleyans home won
  • U13 XI v Upton home lost

July 12th/13th/15th 2008

  • 1st XI v Pott Shrigley away abandoned
  • 2nd XI v Runcorn home lost
  • 3rd XI v Aigburth home walk over
  • Sunday XI v Yorkers home lost
  • Midweek XI v Wyncote Ramblers home won

July 5th/6th/8th 2008

  • 1st XI v Wirral home drew
  • 2nd XI v Oakmere away drew
  • 3rd XI v Tranmere Vics away lost
  • U13 XI v Bhead St Marys home lost
  • Midweek XI v West Kirby Wasps home won

June 28th/29th 2008

  • 1st XI v Stretton home lost
  • 2nd XI v Ashton-on-Mersey away won
  • 3rd XI v Prescott Odyssey away won
  • U13 XI v Oxton away abandoned
  • Sunday XI v Upton (Hughie Graham Shield) home won

June 21st 2008

  • 1st XI v Chelford away drew
  • 2nd XI v Brooklands home lost
  • 3rd XI v Port Sunlight home cancelled
  • U13 XI v Port Sunlight away lost
  • 3rd XI v Alder (Phil Daniels Cup) away lost
  • 1st XI v Upton (Cheshire Shield) away lost
  • 2nd XI v Wirral (MBCCL 20/20 Cup) home lost

June 14th 2008

  • 1st XI v Bunbury home won
  • 2nd XI v Davenham away won
  • 3rd XI v Mossley Hill away lost
  • U13 XI v Calday away lost
  • Sunday XI v Carmel away won

June 7th 2008

  • 1st XI v Castrol home drew
  • 2nd XI v Ashley away drew
  • 3rd XI v Parkfield Liscard home won
  • U13 XI v Tranmere Vics home lost
  • 2nd XI 20/20 cup v Chester County Officers home won

May 31st 2008

  • 1st XI v Lindow away lost
  • 2nd XI v Mere home won
  • 3rd XI v Alder away lost
  • Sunday XI v Warrington away cancelled
  • U13 XI v Birkenhead Park home lost
  • Midweek XI v West Kirby Wasps home won

May 24th 2008

  • 1st XI v Kingsley home won
  • 2nd XI v Congleton away lost
  • 3rd XI v Wavertree home won
  • Sunday XI v Yorkers home won
  • Sunday XI v Prees Sports away won
  • U13 XI v Irby home won

May 17th 2008

  • 1st XI v Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge away won
  • 2nd XI v Cholmondeley home drew
  • 3rd XI v Bhead St Marys away drew
  • 3rdXI v Prescott Odyssey (Cup) home won
  • U13 XI v Wirral home lost

May 10th 2008

  • 1st XI v Wistaston Village home drew
  • 2nd XI v Northwich away lost
  • 3rd XI v Cheshire Lines home cancelled
  • 1st XI v Grappenhall (Cheshire Cup) home lost
  • U13 XI v New Brighton home won

May 3rd 2008

  • 1st XI v Stockport away lost
  • 2nd XI v Winsford home won
  • 3rd XI v Parkfield Liscard home lost

OPCC U-13 team v New Brighton (Sunday)
The Under 13s played their first league game against New Brighton, we won the match making 113 for 8 and dismissing them for 81.

However, they take the points as we had to play 3, 14 year olds to make up the team. Top scorers for us were both 13 year olds, the captain Craig Hawthorn and Miles Allen, both retiring on 35 runs.

April 26th 2008

  • 1st XI v Pott Shrigley home won
  • 2nd XI v Runcorn away lost
  • 3rd XI v Aigburth away cancelled

April 19th 2008

  • 1st XI v Wirral away - drew
  • 2nd XI v Oakmere home - lost
  • 3rd XI v Tranmere Vics home - cancelled