The Liverpool Echo Invitation Cricket Knockout
Thursday 7th March 2019

The Liverpool Competition has been trying to get its mucky hands on the Liverpool Echo Invitation Cricket Knockout for several years and now it has, the last of its identifying features have disappeared.

The competition had fought to maintain its unique identity by resisting the temptation of using 'pink' balls and players wearing 'coloured clothing' balls but now, it has gone into being just another twenty over competition using what has now become the 'standard ECB T20 playing conditions'.

Whilst all of the other knockout draws for the forthcoming season have been made and circulated, we are still hanging on for the draw of the Liverpool Echo Invitation Cricket Knockout and the powers that be still don't know who wants to play in it . . . and the season starts in six weeks time. One word comes to mind - LUDIBRIO. The classicists amongst you will know what that means.

The LDCC have now issued the following diatribe.

One of the country's oldest T20 competitions is set to return for 2019 – and it's open for entries.

The Liverpool Echo Knockout Cup (sic) began in 1974. Last year’s honours were taken by Bootle who beat Neston by six wickets in the final last August, thanks to a devastating opening burst from Will Purser, taking 4 for 6.

This year’s competition is again to be organised and run by the Liverpool Gin Liverpool Competition and all 37 clubs who've taken part in any of the past three years have been entered in the draw.

They are: Ainsdale, Alder, Aughton, Birkenhead Park, Birkenhead St Mary’s, Bootle, Burscough, Caldy, Chester Boughton Hall, Churchtown, Fleetwood Hesketh, Formby, Hightown St Mary’s, Irby, Liverpool, Maghull, Neston, New Brighton, New Victoria, Newton le Willows, Northern, Old Xaverians, Ormskirk, Oxton, Parkfield Liscard, Port Sunlight, Rainford, Rainhill, St Helens Town, Sefton Park, Skelmersdale, Southport and Birkdale, Southport Trinity, Sutton, Upton, Wallasey and Wavertree.

In order to enable clubs. players and umpires to have consistency in the various limited overs competitions played across Cheshire and Merseyside, the Echo Cup (sic) will, this year, adopt the full ECB T20 playing rules including coloured clothing and pink balls.

Should any of the clubs listed not wish to take part – or if any other clubs are interested – they should contact Eddie Shiff on shiffnbcc56@live.co.uk by no later than Friday March 15th.

The draw, which will be regionalised up to the quarter final stage, will be made by the end of March.

Saying the competition returns in 2019 gives the impression that it has not been run for some time whereas it has run annually since 1974 with this year marking its 46th season since taking over from the John Summers Knockout.

At the time, Birkenhead Park and Chester Boughton Hall were running their own twenty over competitions going back to the 19th century.

Also, contrary to the above:

In 2018, Aughton again asked not to be included in the draw but their request was ignored and they were drawn to play against Ormskirk. Birkenhead St Mary's, Churchtown and Skelmersdale failed to raise a team.
In 2017, Aughton were not included in the draw after asking not to be included.
In 2016, Aughton failed to raise a team.
In 2015, Aughton included in the draw for the first time. Irby's last appearance.