THE next 11 days will see Runcorn Cricket Club's Moughland Lane ground more active than at any time in the team's half-century history, writes Rob Hough.
Events have been planned to suit every cricket fan, regardless of age or ability.
Proceedings begin tomorrow evening as club members and friends from the past and present enjoy the club's anniversary dinner at the Heath restaurant, which will see former Derbyshire and England spinner and current England selector Geoff Miller as the guest speaker.
Saturday will see Runcorn's first and second-string teams do battle in the Meller Braggins Cheshire League, while on Sunday a Runcorn XI take on Winsford in two friendly games.
The side's junior teams will meet in the morning with the senior game to start at 1.30pm, which will be a recreation of the first ever fixture played by a Runcorn team on the ground 50 years ago.
Monday and Tuesday are dedicated to Runcorn's stars of the future. Junior coaching sessions will be held between 10am and 4pm, led by current coach Dave Batty. The sessions cost £5 for one day or £9 for both and there are plenty of spaces still available.
Wednesday will bring several sets of whites from the back of wardrobes as the club's past masters prepare to do battle with the present squad. The game is set for an 11.30am start.
Thursday sees some serious action as a Runcorn Select XI, which is likely to include current first-team players Jamie Hill, Steve Ollerenshaw, Mark Cahill and Andy Booth, test their skills against the Northern Nomads Select XI, including the West Indian opening bowler Marlon Black along with other top cricketers playing in the region. The game starts at noon.