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Player Pathway

Eccleston CC is affiliated to the Lancashire Cricket Board, and also the Chorley Borough Development Group.
 
As part of that affiliation we are committed to the development of our young cricketers, in accordance with the Player Pathway scheme as set out on the Lancashire Cricket Board (LCB) website.
 
Playing junior club cricket for Eccleston CC (or any other club team) is only the beginning of the pathway scheme. The idea is that the best players from each club are recommended by their club coaches for trials and training with their District teams. For many young cricketers this may well represent the pinnicle of their junior cricketing careers, alternatively it my well be a stepping stone to greater success.
 
District cricket throughout Lancashire is in various stages of development, and is run by the LCB and Lancashire Schools Cricket Association (LSCA), and there are  a number of trophies to play for at Under 11`s, Under 13`s and Under 15`s age groups. The LCB also runs an Under16`s competition on a sub County level. The LCB and LSCA place great stock on District Cricket, and openly see it as bridging the gap between club cricket and County Cricket.
 
District cricket provides the opportunity for young players to play `proper` cricket over 35-45 overs, against opposition from other parts of the whole County, which they would not get through club matches. It provides them with the opportunity to measure themselves against similar players from Rawtenstall, to Lancaster, to Trafford and all places in between.
 
For the past four years, two Eccleston coaches, Tony Foster and Chris Weetman have been involved in managing and coaching Chorley District Teams.
 
This year the Chorley District Under 13`s team has had unprecedented success, winning the Lancashire Districts Cup, and being runners up to Bolton in the LCB/LSCA , Hacking Cup. They also play Bolton again in the Merit Cup Final this Sunday. This level of success has  raised the profile of cricket in this area, and of the players themselves.  During the course of the season (11 games) there were 5 players from Eccleston CC who played in this successful team. Their match reports are to be found on the news page.
 
District Cricket is important and yet still has a very low profile within a lot of clubs. It should be the aim of every aspiring young cricketer to catch the attention of their club coach, to be put forward to challenge for a place in the District team, and then challenge themselves against the best players in the County.
 
For information purposes, the Player Pathway scheme is set out in the accompanying table, and if you have any questions please ask Tony Foster or Chris Weetman for further information
 
Player Pathway Diagram