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LDCC fixtures for 2017
Tuesday 6th December 2016

Yes folks! It's panto time again and the customary 'mish mash of fixtures' has been released for the 2017 season by an incompetent Management Committee that still has not got the hang of how to create an acceptable set of fixtures.

One thing that stands out is the inability to list the fixtures in alphabetical order.

There are numerous instances, some involving 1st XI teams, where fixtures are marked as 'TBA'. If there is any doubt about a 1st XI match, the club concerned should be given an away fixture.

In recent years, the first day of the season has staged the first rounds of the 1st and 2nd XI 45 over knockouts.

THE LDCC IS GOVERNED BY RELIGION

This year, the religious minority is dictating to the non religious majority that no organised cricket be played on Easter Saturday, April 15th and that the cup matches be played on Sundays. This however, would require a rule change at the AGM as the Knockout Rule 1.1.3 states "The first Saturday of the season will be used for the majority of the 'first round' of matches so that all teams will have a fixture."

The 'big' clubs struggle enough as it is with knockout fixtures on Sundays without the Liverpool Competition adding to their burden.

If this were to go head ahead, it would be the first time that the start of a Liverpool Competition season has been delayed because of a 'late' Easter.

In the recent past, there was a full programme of knockout matches in 2014 when Easter Saturday was April 19th.

Before that, in 2011, the season had already started and the second round of 'round robin' cup matches were played on April 23rd which was Easter Saturday. Nobody complained then.

The winter is long enough without having to wait another week. Clubs will be organising pre season friendly matches so April 15th will just become another date for friendlies or clubs may even use it as a date for one of their many 'TBA' matches.

Suits in their ivory towers should realise people want to play cricket irrespective of what dubious religious festival it may be. What's happened to the 'GET THE GAME ON' slogan?

In the fixtures, clubs continue to have unnecessary runs of double, or in some cases treble, home or away fixtures

Lytham, Rainford and Old Xaverians end the season with three out of four matches at home whilst Ormskirk, Hightown St Mary's and Spring View have three away matches during that period.

Whoever dreamt up the fixtures urgently needs a lesson in logistics as Southport and Birkdale travel to Colwyn Bay, Lytham to Wallasey, Fleetwood Hesketh to Birkenhead Park, Rainford to Prestatyn and Northop Hall to Spring View on the last day of the season for a 12 o'clock start.

FIXTURES

doc  1st XI ECB Premier League   1st XI ECB Premier League

doc  1st XI First Division

  1st XI First Division

doc  1st XI Second Division

  1st XI Second Division
   

doc  2nd XI Premier Division

  2nd XI Premier Division

doc  2nd XI First Division

  2nd XI First Division

doc  2nd XI Second Division

  2nd XI Second Division
   

doc  3rd XI Saturday Premier Division

  3rd XI Saturday Premier Division

doc  3rd XI Saturday First Division

  3rd XI Saturday First Division
   

doc  3rd XI Sunday Premier Division

  3rd XI Sunday Premier Division

doc  3rd XI Sunday First Division North East

  3rd XI Sunday First Division North East

doc  3rd XI Sunday First Division South West

  3rd XI Sunday First Division South West

1st XI FIXTURES SEQUENCE

 ECB PREMIER LEAGUE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 . H A
 Ainsdale H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A A H H A H A . 11 11
 Bootle A H A H H A A H A H A H A H A A H A H H A H . 11 11
 Colwyn Bay A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H H A A H A H . 11 11
 Formby H A H A A H H A H A H A H A H H A H A A H A . 11 11
 Leigh H A A H A H H A H A H A H H A H A H A A H A . 11 11
 Lytham H A H A H A A H A A H A H A H A H A H H H A . 11 11
 New Brighton A H A H A H H A H A H H A H A H A H A A H A . 11 11
 Northern A H H A H A A H A H A H A A H A H A H H A H . 11 11
 Ormskirk A H A H A H H A H H A H A H A H A H A A A H . 11 11
 Rainhill A H A H A A H H A H A H A H A H A A H H A H . 11 11
 Southport & Birkdale H A H A H H A A H A H A H A H A H H A A H A . 11 11
 Wallasey H A H A H A A H A H A A H A H A H A H H A H . 11 11
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 FIRST DIVISION 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 . H A
 Birkenhead Park A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H H A A H A H . 11 11
 Burscough H A A H A H H A H A H A H H A H A H A A H A . 11 11
 Fleetwood Hesketh H A H A H H A A H A H A H A H A H H A A H A . 11 11
 Highfield A H A H A A H A H A H H A H A H A H H A H A . 11 11
 Hightown St Mary's A H A H A H H A H H A H A H A H A H A A A H . 11 11
 Newton le Willows H A H A A H H A H A H A H A H H A H A A H A . 11 11
 Orrell Red Triangle A H H A H A A H A H A H A A H A H A H H A H . 11 11
 Prestatyn H A H A H H A H A H A A H A H A H A A H A H . 11 11
 Rainford  H A H A H A A H A A H A H A H A H A H H H A . 11 11
 Sefton Park A H A H A A H H A H A H A H A H A A H H A H . 11 11
 Skelmersdale A H A H H A A H A H A H A H A A H A H H A H . 11 11
 Wigan H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A A H H A H A . 11 11
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 SECOND DIVISION 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 . H A
 Alder A H A H H A A H A H A H A H A A H A H H A H . 11 11
 Caldy H A H A A H H A H A H A H A H H A H A A H A . 11 11
 Liverpool H A H A H H A H A H A A H A H A H A A H A H . 11 11
 Maghull A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H H A A H A H . 11 11
 Northop Hall H A A H A H H A H A H A H H A H A H A A H A . 11 11
 Old Xaverians H A H A H A A H A A H A H A H A H A H H H A . 11 11
 Parkfield Liscard A H A H A A H H A H A H A H A H A A H H A H . 11 11
 Prescot and Odyssey A H H A H A A H A H A H A A H A H A H H A H . 11 11
 St Helens Town H A H A H H A A H A H A H A H A H H A A H A . 11 11
 Southport Trinity H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A A H H A H A . 11 11
 Spring View A H A H A H H A H H A H A H A H A H A A A H . 11 11
 Wavertree A H A H A A H A H A H H A H A H A H H A H A . 11 11