The following day’s Ray Digman Trophy semi-final produced scenes the like of which very few, if any, Bootle followers had ever previously witnessed.

Northern asked us to bat first on winning the toss and had an immediate success when Will Hale was caught behind off the first ball of the match. Michael Farrell and Sam Kershaw took the score to 55-1 in the sixteenth over when the visiting captain, James Cole, led his players from the field claiming that the pitch was dangerous.

To everyone’s amusement  the umpires concurred with this view without so much as speaking to the Bootle skipper and the match was promptly abandoned, giving rise to some justifiably furious reaction from our players and supporters.

This was nothing more than blatant gamesmanship and cheating on Cole’s part and his actions constituted a total disservice to the game of cricket, underlining what we have known for many years – that Northern CC is a club populated by a bunch of disreputable and abhorrent reprobates. The tie is to be replayed at Moor Park on September 9th but I suspect that most right-minded Bootle fans will boycott it on principle.