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It's French and Pollard at Tarleton High
Friday 19th November 2010

Fleetwood Hesketh's preparations for the 2011 season will get under way in earnest on Sunday when the ex Nottinghamshire cricketers Bruce French and Paul Pollard hold a four hour coaching session at Tarleton High School. The former county players will be working with the club's juniors from 10:00am until noon and will then spend the next two hours honing the skills of the senior squad.

New skipper Paul Mullen has stressed that the sessions are available to both current and prospective members of Fleetwood Hesketh. The cost will be 5.00 per person but this includes food at Sea Cop after the practice has finished.

Meanwhile, Southport and Birkdale members may have to wait a few weeks before they know exactly when next year's county match will take place. Although Lancashire officials will be discussing the arrangements for the game with S&B's top brass when they visit Trafalgar Road in a week's time, it is understood that the first class list for 2011 is unlikely to be confirmed for at least a fortnight, but even though next year's County Championship programme has yet to be announced, members of the Old Trafford groundstaff have been hard at work this autumn oversewing the wicket which will be used for next summer's LV Division One fixture.

The 22 yard strip was then placed under a plastic sheet and is now showing a healthy covering of grass and Lancashire's determination to ensure that the four day game goes smoothly has been matched by the resolve of S&B officials.

Former club chairman Peter Thomas has been asked by S&BCC's current chair Tony Elwood to lead a working party charged with coordinating all the arrangements for next year's fixture. "Peter is one of the members who were around when first-class cricket was last played on the ground and he is still actively involved at the club," explained Elwood. "He is well respected by Old Trafford and he has the drive and enthusiasm which we value. His contribution will help us achieve our aim to stage an event that will make Lancashire want to come back to Southport in the future.

In the meantime, the prospect of Glen Chapple's team playing in the town will probably boost the audience at the West Lancashire Cricket Society meeting in January when Old Trafford coach Peter Moores will be the speaker. Before then, however, the society will welcome Nottinghamshire's chief executive Derek Brewer on December 15th.

Meetings of the WLCC are now held on Wednesday evenings at the Royal Clifton Hotel and anyone interested in joining the society or attending a specific event should contact the secretary Anne Jeffrey (01704 513580).