MATCH ABANDONED @ BACK LANE MORTON
DERBYSHIRE COUNTY CRICKET LEAGUE DIVISION 2
SAT 25 JUNE 2016 1.30PM
|MORTON COLLIERY CC OVERSEEN BY THE VILLAGES HOLY CROSS CHURCH|
|THE MODEL HEADSTOCKS IN THE VILLAGE IN MEMORY OF THE COLLIERY 1865-1965|
|TEA ANYONE? YES PLEASE AT MORTON COLLIERY CC FOR AWARD WINNING TEAS|
Morton as a village came to life in 1865 when George Stephenson developed the pit which is just 1/4 of a mile down the road and some of its buildings remain in place today and the main road through the village has a memorial in the form of some model headstocks as is so often seen around pit village in this area of Derbyshire. The date 1865 was very relevant here with the cricket club formed in the same year and having celebrated its 150 years last season with a promotion things couldn't be much better.
|GROUNDS MAN CHARLIE WRIGHT SECOND FROM THE RIGHT WITH FRANK MOSLEY NEXT LEFT|
With a club house emitting the European Championships Football on a large screen it was a welcoming little set up but with the rather slight but persistent rain we just hoped for a break.
A quick wander round the ground upon entry via Back Lane there is a grass car park edged off by fenced off nets, the whole perimeter [barring the pavilion front] is railed with no advertising boards the club has a fantastic ball stopping device hanging to the railings in former pit conveyer belt material of which some is from Oxcroft Mine and a little I'm told from Morton Pit. To our left are the main buildings with scorers box and scoreboard above although to the opposite corner the club have a smart electronic scoreboard. To the side are the changing rooms and then attached to them the pavilion and kitchen area, the far end of the pavilion has a nice fenced off patio area. The whole of this side has a nice selection of seats and benches some in memory of former supporters and players. On a nice afternoon this is a tremendous setting and I guess exceptionally peaceful place to watch your cricket. Directly viewing out of the pavilion you see the pit tip a short cover drive away as a reminder of the clubs history which still holds the colliery name in its title. The club proudly displayed within and without the pavilion the helpful assistance they have had with grants from various places including Coalfield Regeneration, Viridor, Sport England etc.
|MORTON RESIDENT DAWN ADLINGTON HERE TO SUPPORT HER SON MITCH|
Just before the start it was also good to catch up with Dawn Adlington and her son Mitch who was playing for Morton and indeed finished with a creditable 3 for 34.
|EARLY ACTION WITH MORTON'S PAUL HOLMES BOWLING|
From here on in the positive start seemed to drift away and they were dismissed for 122 with an over to spare.
|JOSH CLARKE 4 FOR 18|
|MITCH ADLINGTON RETURNING FIGURES OF 3 FOR 34|
|TODAYS MOBILE COVERS WERE A MUST|
During the break I meandered down the road towards the west of the village to locate the tree that signified Morton as the 'centre of England', upon mentioning this to many people at the club it was treated by them with caution.
|THE BLOG BRINGS YOU THE CENTRE OF ENGLAND........TREE!|
|ADDLINGTON RACES IN FOR ANOTHER PACEY DELIVERY|
Morton started their innings with a little threat of rain and sadly at 5.50 they players left the field with the reply at 16 for 1 off 5 overs.
|MORTON WICKET KEEPER KIERON MARSH ON STRIKE|
Just before the rain came lashing down there was a chance to see Stamford FC player Jordan Lemon take to the middle.
At 7.10pm the captains shook hands on the result an abandoned match that saw the home side gain 11 points to the visitors 8.
After bidding farewell to the club on an entertaining and enthralling afternoon which was sadly curtailed by the weather the blogs re appearance onto the main road was greeted by a halt to the rain and a sparkle of sunshine, English weather and cricket you couldn't make it up.