OPINION – By Scoop: I’ve not had a comment/ rant/ moan for a while, but Sunday’s trip to Ormskirk has, to plagiarise the Acts of the Apostles, Ch.9, caused the scales to fall from my eyes.
I’ve always been a proponent of change in the CLL, from the dreadfully outdated modes of administration to the way the league has allowed mediocrity to creep in, and was fully behind the changes to the league structure.
However, on visiting a fabulous ground with great home supporters and watching a fantastic game of cricket at Ormskirk, I just can’t back the two divisions of eight any longer.
The only level I can back the continuation of the two division structure is that of competitiveness. Every game matters and there will be no 12 game unbeaten runs this season. Towards the end of last season it just got dull.
But already, I am losing enthusiasm at the thought of some of the games ahead. I know who is going to bowl, how they are going to bowl, what fields teams are going to set, the plans for batsmen, how batsmen are going to play.
I know what each pitch is going to be like, the inside of every bar, the quality of food and drink, what beers all the clubs serve. By the end of the season, should I go to all these grounds twice or three times, or maybe four, if the Wood Cup permits, I will know everything about a club.
Already I am thinking, do I want to go to Littleborough tomorrow? Especially if the weather is dodgy. Especially as we have another game there yet and have played them just three weeks ago.
We’ve been to Middleton twice already this year and nice as it is, I probably will have to have a perfect day to go again. Same with Walsden, especially as I know the club is cramped if it rains and I know how they play their cricket all too well.
I don’t need to go on.
On Sunday, we welcome Crompton for the Wood Cup. That’s one of my favourite away grounds, and we won’t be going there, maybe for a couple of years, maybe not. I may not like Werneth particularly, but I do like the clubhouse. Nearly every club has something redeeming …
Ormskirk was a magic trip, even without the ending that thrilled all Heywood fans. We had a beaufitul ground, nice supporters in decent numbers, a good wicket, some quick bowlers, players I had never seem before. It was so refreshing.
And I want more of this, more variety. I want to see change – I really don’t want to go back to some of the cricket I have seen in recent years – but I don’t want to play Rochdale or Clifton or Milnrow up to six times a year. I am sure they feel exactly the same about Heywood.
We need two good, bigger divisions, we need mergers of leagues, we need more cup matches, we need a regional LCB Cup – anything to keep players and fans fresh.
Otherwise, there’ll be fewer and fewer away supporters travelling to games, and one of the aims of the restructure will have failed.
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