Barrow to inaugurate first club honours board
The Ernest Pass Memorial ground
Barrow Cricket Club host Cumberland's three-day Minor Counties game against Bedfordshire at the Ernest Pass Memorial Ground on July 6, 7 and 8 and are marking the occasion with a tribute to the club's young players.
The scoreboard will be clicking over for the three days of the Cumberland game
On the first day of the game, Barrow officials plan to inaugurate the club's first honours board, which has been sponsored by Furness Plastics, displaying the names of club players to have worn the colours of the Cumberland Schools Cricket Association.
Club chairman Ray Mowat, who is also the 2nd XI captain, explained the move: "We wanted to acknowledge the young players achievements and hopefully create something that other youngsters could aspire to," he said.
"We wanted the players to feel proud of being selected for the county at schools level and then hopefully progress to the Minor Counties team and feel proud of that achievement also.
"All those listed on the board are to be invited along as guests."
Cumberland first played at Barrow CC in 1984 and have staged matches regularly at the ground since. Their last three-day game was in June 2005 when Cumberland defeated Buckinghamshire by five wickets in a low-scoring encounter.
This season Barrow CC players Graham Dawson and Darren Clark have played for Cumberland alongside another NPCL player in Chris Miller (Netherfield). Barrow CC's Jon Miles and Chris D'Leny represented the county in 2007 but wicket-keeper D'Leny is sadly ruled out by a knee injury for the entire 2008 season and has been acting as Barrow CC scorer. Carnforth's Adam Cowperthwaite played for Cumberland in their recent game against Buckinghamshire at Sedbergh Schoool while Preston bowler Rhys Williams may also come into consideration for the game.
Barrow CC's Graham Dawson is a regular Cumberland player
Barrow CC's Darren Clark will be hoping tp represent Cumberland on his home ground in July
In addition, photographs of every player to have played for the county at senior level while at Barrow, will also be on display.
Mowat added: "We will use the game to launch the honours board and also give the young players from some local schools, who we are involved with through the Chance to Shine programme, an opportunity to see a Minor Counties game and also show their skills at the lunch and tea interval."
Mowat is keen for his club to build on the success of their juniors. He said: "The county have strengthened the links with Lancashire's Academy and there is a real commitment to promoting talented young players to ensure they have the same opportunities for development as their peers in the first class counties.
"County schools cricket and Minor Counties cricket is a 'shop window' for young players to promote their abilities and hopefully catch the eye of the first class counties.
"The club is involved with the Chance to Shine programme working closely with Alistair McDougall - the community cricket coach - which involves promoting and facilitating a sustainable programme of cricket coaching and competition in the schools.
"The benefits of this will be more young people being involved with, and enjoying, the game of cricket with some of them progressing through the coaching structure all the way to the top."
Help in collating the names came from schools cricket stalwart Dave 'Dinger' Bell.
The players (including first year of selection) are: