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The sad state of Liverpool Competition cricket
Saturday 6th June 2015

Behind the tourist route in Liverpool lies decay. Behind the glossy frontage of the Liverpool Competition lies decay and nothing is being done to address it.

Just looking at the results page on ldcc.play-cricket.com this morning, displayed the sad state in which the Liverpool Competition stands at the moment.

Of the top thirteen results listed, eight matches were conceded. The top one should read 'conceded' as Highfield failed to raise a side.

One 1st XI player said earlier this week "I'm struggling to drum up enthusiasm for a cup game (against a Premier Division team). People only want to play one day a weekend or at least have a chance."

At the start of the season, Birkenhead St Mary's 1st and 2nd XIs conceded cup matches to Lytham.

In recent weeks, Parkfield Liscard conceded 1st and 2nd XI cup ties against Bootle as well as a Cheshire Cup tie at Toft. That was interesting as they had posted the following on Twitter with regard to the previous round.

May 11

The 1st XI have received a bye in The Cheshire Cup as the opposition were unable to raise a side. A trip to awaits in round 3

Teams have adopted an attitude of  "why travel, or even play, if we know we are going to lose?" If they adopt that attitude, there is no place for them in the Liverpool Competition.

In the original Liverpool Competition, there were teams that were regularly in the bottom quarter of the table but they didn't give in. They didn't concede a match because they were playing a top team or make the long journey to Chester. They got on with it, travelled and played the game. They might have lost but that wasn't important.

The mentality some clubs have these days is incomprehensible and just not acceptable. The LDCC Management Committee is at fault for not ensuring that the clubs they were bringing into the league had the playing strength to field three or more sides regularly. Say anything to them and they just bury their heads in the sand. A Management Committee that can't even produce a creditable set of the fixtures at the start of the season. If they can't do that, not much hope can be raised for anything else.

This brings one around to the following article that was printed in the Daily Mail yesterday about a school in Scotland that was no longer teaching cricket to students because it is 'too complicated and too wet."

Read it and form your own opinion.

Rain stops play: Scottish private school attended by Ewan McGregor ditches cricket because its 'too complicated and too wet'