Northop Hall Cricket Club is
situated at the western end of Northop Hall village in the North East Wales county of Flintshire.When the mail service to Ireland was first set up in the 1700s, Northop
Hall was on the original coaching route from Chester to Holyhead.
The cricket club, however, was
established in 1908 on the field in Smithy
Lane where it is to be found today.
The club plays its senior cricket
in the Liverpool & District Cricket Competition (LDCC) which is one of the
ECB Premier Leagues.The LDCC embraces
clubs from Cheshire, Greater Manchester,
Lancashire, Merseyside and North Wales.
The club has been a member of the
LDCC since its inception as a Premier League with its 1st and 2nd
sides playing in the Saturday divisions.The 3rd XI plays in the competition’s Sunday leagues and this
team is very much the development side for the up and coming players from our
The club has ECB ClubMark
accreditation which, in essence, means that it is a totally safe environment
for children and vulnerable adults.All
its coaches are ECB qualified and carry CRB clearance which is an essential
part of the ClubMark recognition.
The club is very proud of its
youth policy and programme.It provides
coaching for all its youngsters, both male and female, throughout the year and
competitive cricket in the cricket season in both the North East Wales
competitions and those provided by the LDCC.The age groups at which these competitions are run are at under 9, 11,
13 and 15 and some knockout competitions for the older players up to under 21
years of age.(The age groups are in
line with the day school methods of calculation with ages being those at 31st
August in the year preceding that in which they play.)The youngsters are also eligible to play representative
games for both North East Wales and the LDCC with matches being arranged
against other county and league sides.
ClubMark accreditation also means
that membership is available to all who have an interest in the game of
cricket, this interest being in all aspects of the game be it playing,
coaching, officiating (either as an umpire or scorer) assisting in the running
of the club or just coming along to watch.
Fully deserved after years of voluntary service to cricket.
Lancashire Schools Cricket Association (LSCA) veterans John and Myra Isterling have won the ‘Lifetime Achiever’ category for the Lancashire Cricket Board Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards to recognise their significant contribution to recreational cricket. The OSCA is intended to go to individuals who have made an outstanding difference to their cricket club, league, board or local cricket community over a significant number of years. As John and Myra have both had exceptional long service to Lancashire cricket with the LSCA and the Liverpool & District Cricket Competition, the LCB felt it was appropriate to award them the joint honour.
John and Myra each have over 40 years of experience in cricket. Myra started scoring for a local Northamptonshire village club in 1974, also taking on the role of Treasurer, with John as Secretary. Their input was instrumental in helping re-start the village cricket club and community, which had lost its ground to the war effort during the 1940s. Myra also managed its Under 14s team, taking them to success in the local youth competition.
The Isterlings continued to be heavily involved in local cricket when they moved to Northop Hall, as their long-term relationship with Lancashire cricket developed as umpire and scorer in the Liverpool Competition and the Lancashire County Age Group programmes with the LSCA.
Myra scores regularly for Northop Hall CC, Cheshire Over 60s and in the past Neston and Irby, She was the first woman to become a member of the Merseyside Branch of the Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers.
John umpired in the Liverpool and District Cricket Competition, from 1994 until 2011, after which he joined the league committee.
Myra started scoring for the Lancashire Schools Cricket Association and the county age group squads in 1995, alongside John as umpire. Myra continues today to score for the county boys Under 13s and Under 15s and has been doing so now for 26 years.
They have both been instrumental in the training of and appointment of other LSCA scorers, and for their work with the LSCA and dedication to cricket, they have both been approached to become Vice Presidents of the Association.
John and Myra spoke of their award:
“We were both amazed to be selected for this award. We were just trying to do our best for the young players we served. You don’t start this type of work for the accolades, but we are so delighted to have been invited to Lord’s to represent Lancashire at the National OSCAs.”
Myra then joked: “I only started scoring matches to avoid having to make the teas! In all honesty, it has been a privilege to be involved with county age group cricket, and also mentor up and coming scorers.”
Bobby Denning, LCB’s Managing Director, added: “John and Myra are an amazing couple that give so much of their time and energy to local cricket and we at the LCB are delighted to recognise such generous and selfless work they do for the game. Their long-term dedication and ongoing support to Lancashire cricket is gratefully received and I on behalf of everyone at the LCB thank them for all their efforts.”
John Williams, L&DCC Chairman said " I am delighted, on behalf of the Liverpool Competition, to congratulate John and Myra. They have worked tirelessly for the good of cricket in many areas of the game and thoroughly deserve this recognition."
The ECB National OSCAs awards will be held on 4th October 2016 at Lord’s Cricket Ground.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Saturday 10th September 1st XI v Orrel RedTriangle at Smithy Lane
Sunday 11th September 3rd XI v Newton Le Willows at Newton
Saturday 17th September 1st XI v Highfield at Highfield
Saturday 17th September 2nd XI v Highfield at Smithy Lane
Sunday 18th September 3rd XI v Highfield
Saturday 25th September Presentation and Race Night