Under 15s sign off with a cracking victory

There were back to back games on the final week of the campaign, Tuesday at Norden and Wednesday at home to Walsden and with both teams vying for the title, our U-15s faced tough challenges in reduced over matches.

After a slow start at Norden, a super batting performance from Max Birtwistle (30 off 20)
and Edward Dickinson (28 off 22) helped Greenmount post 88 for 2 off 15 overs.

Tight bowling and fantastic fielding kept the match very much in the balance and as the game
ebbed and flowed Tom Clarke took a great catch behind the wicket off Edward Dickinson’s
bowling only for the appeal to be turned down giving Norden the advantage.

A super spell from Dexter Crowther with three wickets in one over (3 for 8 off 2 overs) turned the game back in the balance.

Nevertheless, Norden won on the last ball – needing two to win, a fortunate inside edge narrowly missed the stumps and sped for four runs.

Walsden smashed 150 against Greenmount at their place with powerful aggressive batting. This meant that the boys had to be switched on straight from the start.

A superb run out by Luca Addleton backed up by great fielding by everyone – especially Mitch Franklin and Jonty Whitehead – supported the bowling and restricted Walsden to 76 from their 12 overs.
(Max Birtwistle 2 wickets for 10 off 3 overs and Edward Dickinson 1 for 6 off 3 overs.)

Needing 77 to win Edward & Max paced the run chase superbly with Max the early aggressor with three lovely cover drives. The writing was on the wall when Walsden dropped Max in the seventh over with Greenmount on 33 runs. As the saying goes, “catches win matches.”

Needing 33 off the last three overs the boys increased the pace, superb running and some great cricket shots won the match with three balls to spare. Edward 37 off 35 & Max 35 off 33.

The end of a really good season, which with a couple of key decisions going our way would
have added two more victories placing us in contention for the league title.
Really well done to the lads and a big special thank you to Nigel for his time and effort.

Edward and Max are top two for batting averages

Edward Dickinson finished with the top average in the whole of the league with an average of 171. His teammate Max Birtwistle finished second with an average of 150

This is a superb achievement given both lads are 14 and have won more years left at this age group.

Junior secretary Leigh Dickinson said “I am in no doubt that had they played all the games – and for the full 20 overs – that they would have beeen top run scorers as well.”

Well done to both lads!

Under-15s fall short in the rain at Walsden

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Edward Dickinson

In what looked like a David v Goliath contest, a very strong Walsden side posted an impressive 149 in the first innings with some big big hitting. Nevertheless, a very young Greenmount Under-15s team never stopped chasing the ball down in the field.

A game played in awful weather but in good spirit, highlighted the hard work the Mount’s young players have put in during training, losing only one wicket compared to the four that we took.

Pick of the bowling (with no luck beating the bat) was Ben Clarke, and there was a debut for Joshua O and a maiden 50 not out for Edward Dickinson (sponsored by AGM Services) from just 53 balls.

Memberships close for Under-9 and Under-11s

Junior chairman Leigh Dickinson has closed down new memberships for Under-9 and Under-11 players at the club with immediate effect.

This is to let the numbers settle and ensure the club has the right coach-to-player ratios.

Leigh will keep a waiting list for all new enquiries which should be directed to [email protected] or forms may be completed but no payment made.

Junior Chairman’s newsletter – Almost there!

Laying the foundations for a great 2022!

Junior coach Phil Heaton is pictured talking to the Under-13s and Under-15s about grip and proper set up during the club’s first winter training session.

Please remember to confirm attendance to winter training by contacting Junior Chairman Leigh Dickinson using email [email protected] or via Spond.

Presentation rounded up great season

The junior presentation was agan a superb recognition of the club’s amazing young players – with so many awards being presented for fantastic achievements. It has been a super summer with lots of young cricketers shining brightly and developing their skills.

Winners of the major awards were: Malcolm Grimes Award: Dexter Crowther, Ben Clarke and Noah Birtwistle while the Pauline Rigby Award was presented to Matthew Senior.

The club also had an amazing 21 junior cricketers playing in representative cricket this year in both District and Inter-league games.

Pictures (from left) Dexter, Ben and Noah; junior chairman Leigh Dickinson handing over an award; Richard Birtwistle presenting his son Noah with a trophy and main picture: the Under-9s receiving their medals.

Trio triumph in indoor championship

The summer may be well and truly over but cricket still continues on the indoor scene.

Playing in the Autumn Blitz at the Cricket Asylum, the Northern Star Superkings provided their own fireworks on November 5 when they won the competition.

Featuring three youngsters from Greenmount CC – Edward Dickinson, Max Birtwistle and Tom Clarke, they cruised past Lightcliffe in the semi-final (110-80) then dominated Slaithwaite CC in the final (157-112).

The three Greenmount lads will now go on to represent the TCA Northern Academy representative team in the nationals.

George does the business in national cup

Congratulations to Greenmount’s George Kenyon who was a part of the TCA Northern Star Academy team in the Under-11s National Cup at the Action Indoor Cricket centre in Birmingham.

George is pictured (above, fourth from left) with his teammates from the successful Cricket Academy representative team.

Smashing performances from Under-13s!

Edward holds up a stump he smashed in two

With eight wins on the bounce the strength of our younger juniors is really beginning to shine through writes junior chairman Leigh Dickinson.

Due to low numbers, the U-13s always rely on players from the U-11s stepping up.

And they have been fantastic with wins this week (w/b August 23) away at Clitheroe, at home to East Lancashire and then away to Todmorden.

Against Todmorden, skipper Edward Dickinson finished with figures of 2 for 2 off his three overs, and 31 off just 11 balls.

Star of the show – and highlighting the extra effort and practice put in – was Harry Hardman who took three wickets for just one run off his two overs, a fantastic effort!

Leigh steps up charity marathon training

Greenmount junior cricket chairman Leigh Dickinson has given an update on his training schedule ahead of this London Marathon fundraiser for Maggies Centres on 3rd October.

“It’s less than six weeks to go now for the big day,” said Leigh.

“I’m starting to do the longer runs and using miles instead of kilometres as a measure. Two ten mile runs followed by an eleven miler and the next one is 14 miles this week.

“My back is behaving at the moment as well which is great. I just need to work out my actual long run pace.”

Maggies are a network of drop-in centres that aim to support anyone affected by cancer and Leigh knows first-hand how worthwhile their work is after his wife’s sister died of the condition in December.

If you wish to support Leigh follow THIS LINK to his JustGiving page.

Juniors keep shining on inter-league duty

Greenmount’s junior players have been in top form when playing for the Lancashire Junior League inter-league representative teams.

This week (w/b August 23)Edward Dickinson and Max Birtwistle were in action for the unbeaten Under-13s against a Northern League/Palace Shield side.

The local lads won by 47 runs, with Max taking 1 for 3 from a five over spell. Meanwhile, in the Lancashire Junior League Under-11s, Ben Clarke took 5 for 10 as a Liverpool Competition U-11 team were put to the sword. Ben’s haul follows on from Noah Birtwistle’s five-for and captain’s knock of 50 for the same team.

Matty led the way as U-18s back on track

The club’s Under-18s got back to winning ways with a comprehensive eight-wicket victory at Crompton writes Junior chairman Leigh Dickinson.

After a resounding 42-run defeat at home to Littleborough the previous week, (Matty (22), Seb (25) & Henry (37*)) the boys were encouraged to play with more intent, and to actually “have a go!”

Previously, in a rain affected and eventually abandoned match against Crompton, the opposition reached 83 for 3 off 16 overs.

This week the boys restricted the same side to only 72 for 7 from their 20 overs.

Led by Matty, there was some superb tight bowling and great fielding, with three run outs by Matty, Henry and Edward, two wickets for Max (including the first ball of the innings) Charlie and Sam and two great catches by Matty and Charlie.

With the message of playing with intent, Henry and Adam Clarke opened the batting, with a four off the very first ball showing that Henry had got the message.

Adam was first to fall for 17 runs, taking on the league’s leading wicket taker – after one big six he was caught in the deep trying to replicate it again.

Henry continued and eventually fell, caught out on 41 off 31 balls (seven fours) with the score on 69. This left Harry (1) and Sam (6) to seal the victory with Sam finally hitting the winning run after three failed attempts at ramping.

Henry’s students are not 100% convinced!

After one successful demonstration of his batting technique at Friday evening’s Junior Practice, junior cricket chairman Leigh Dickinson asked the children could Henry do it again… Some said yes, some said no, and two could hardly watch!

Mount’s kids make names for themselves

It’s been a busy time for the club’s junior players on the representative front recently.

Congratulations to Ben Clarke and Noah Birtwistle who played two games for the Lancashire League inter-league team. Noah retired with 50* in game one and Ben 40* in Tuesday’s game.

Congratulations also go to Dexter Crowther, George Kenyon, Edward Cunnington and Ibraheem Ali who represented Bury District.

Keep up the good work lads!

Evan runs amok in clash of our youngsters

Greenmount first teamers Evan Williams and Dan Stevens, started playing together for the club in the Under 9’s when they were seven years old.

Dan Stevens and Evan Williams in Sedbergh colours

They hold the distinction of being two of only a handful of players, who have played for every Greenmount team from the under 9’s through to the first team.

In their time playing together, they have also turned out for the various Bury District age groups and also the Lancashire junior age group teams.

Last September, Dan joined Evan at Sedbergh School, where they have opened the batting for the school first team and recently played at the national schools finals day at Arundel, where – on that occasion – they unfortunately fell short at the semi-final stage.

On Wednesday (July 23), for a change, they found themselves on opposing teams at Netherfield Cricket Club, when Evan was playing for Cumbria County Development team and Dan was representing Scotland Under 19’s.

However, on this occasion, Evan took the bragging rights, scoring a superb 152 and leading Cumbria to a 91-run victory.

Interestingly, it was virtually six years to the day since the first time Evan scored 150 playing for Bury district in the county quarter final, on that occasion he put on 343 with another Greenmount first team youngster who has come up through the age group teams and county junior teams, Callum Hunter.

Coincidentally, Evan and Callum will be representing Lancashire League Under-21s against an MCC XI at Middleton CC’s Towncroft ground tomorrow (Friday, July 23). WP at 11.30am.

Evan and Dan in their younger days
Evan and Callum following their epic knock six years ago

Leigh’s lens focuses on Junior Practice

Junior cricket chairman Leigh Dickinson turned photographer for the night at last Friday’s Junior Practice and captured some of the club’s stars of the future being put through their paces…

“Good to see another left arm bowler following in the footsteps of Alex Bullen, Callum Hunter and young Max Birtwistle” said Leigh
Some young hopefuls getting expert guidance from juniors coach Rory Daverage

Great start as Under-18s cruise to victory

Greenmount’s Under-18s got off to a flying start when they defeated Haslingden by ten wickets at the Log Cabin on Wednesday evening.

The Bentgate side contributed to a great game, and were a cracking bunch of lads whose attitude was far better than the weather.

Greenmount – marshalled by skipper Matthew Senior – restricted the visitors to just 99 from their 20 overs with tight bowling.

Wickets for Thomas Nuttall, Charlie Exton and Jacob Bergin combined with two run fantastic run-outs from our youngest players, Max Birtwistle and Edward Dickinson.

Chasing down a target of 100 to win Greenmount did it with relative ease.

When Matthew Senior retired 50 not out the injured Sam Woolley hobbled out to join Henry Dickinson at the crease, supported by runner Jacob Bergin.

Henry finished on 41 not out and wrapped up the victory scoring the winning runs with five overs to spare.

Update from the club’s junior section

It looks like summer is finally here, with some actual cricket being played writes Greenmount CC junior chairman Leigh Dickinson.

It did feel like it was going to become an absolute nightmare, with driving rain, bowl-outs, and some further self-isolations!

We had two cracking wins last night (Tuesday, June 7). The under 13s proved too strong for Read, and the U-15s won on the last ball of the match!

What is pleasing is that in both games there were contributions from everyone who took part. Moving forward, I hope that games come through thick and fast.

Greenmount Gladiators v Ramsbottom Rooks

This Friday we have a huge event as we host the Rammy Rooks in a T20 match, however, this means that there is no junior training and it is likely to be be very busy. It would be great to see lots of people down supporting the Gladiators we do ask if anyone is able to volunteer to help out? If so please get in touch.

On to general cricket matters, we have had fantastic numbers turning up to junior training, and hope that all who attend learn and have fun. I do have to remind parents about the importance of signing in and out. We have the following teams scheduled to play games this summer…


For our older juniors, but also to provide a challenge for our stronger U15s/U13s players.


Lots of players in this age group, ranging from those that are now playing senior cricket through to those who are relatively new to the game. Due to numbers, it may/will mean that the squad needs to be rotated.

Thirteen-year-old Edward Dickinson in action


We only have six players for this specific age group – this allows us to provide a challenge for the stronger U11s players.


Again lots of players, we have two teams playing slightly different formats of the game, again there will need to be squad rotation during this summer, and we ask for your understanding and patience.


We have been fortunate to have so many children wishing to play cricket. Even with Rory doing such an amazing job, along with great help from Ian and others – at present we can only manage one team.

It is with this age group that I ask for volunteers, we do need parents to help with this age group – without extra help we can only run the one team, this means that while we will do everything we can to teach and coach cricket on Fridays – actual matches will be quite difficult to fulfil.

Please do come forward, at this age group it is about being able to organise and encourage our young players.

All Stars

This reached capacity in no time at all and again we hope that it leads to children wanting to continue to play cricket.

June’s Fixtures (subject to being confirmed)

Mon 14th U9s @ Edgworth
[email protected] East Lancs
U15s @ Bolton Indians

Wed 16th U11s GM home v Edenfield

Mon 21st U11s Lancs home v Haslingden
U13s home to Lowerhouse

Wed 23rd U11s GM away at Egerton

Mon 28th U11s Lancs home to Thornham

Finally, on behalf of the coaches and club thank you for the kind words I have received already, please do get in touch if you have any concerns, and definitely do get in touch if you feel that you can help out in any way, we are all volunteers and try our best – extra help would be great.

Thank you

[email protected]

Junior numbers reach limit – No new members

Our junior practice continues to attract many players and parents enjoying a nice end to the week.

We have reached a point however, where we will no longer be able to accept any more new junior members while we reassess coaching/helper ratios for the children and look to recruit new coaches/helpers to increase our capacity.

We will hopefully be able to open up to new members in the near future, but for the time being we will only be able to accept children who are already members.

Junior Practice starts tonight (Friday, April 16)

Junior Practice starts again tonight (Friday April 16th).

For the first couple of weeks – while the light is still slightly against us – we’ll be tweaking our practice times slightly so that we can start to gauge numbers likely to attend the various age groups and ensure that this can be done in a Covid-safe way.

To that end we will run the following sessions:

Under 9s – 6pm to 6.45pm

Under 11s – 6pm to 6.45pm

Under 13s – 6.45pm to 7.30pm

Under 15s – 6.45pm to 7.30pm

The staggered start times gives us plenty of space around the outfield which helps with social distancing issues.

Thanks go to Leigh Dickinson and his Junior Cricket Committee for getting the club in the position we are in today and hope they and all our junior members enjoy the season ahead of us.

There will be a membership desk somewhere around the veranda area taking membership applications for those who haven’t already renewed or are becoming members for the first time.

Please queue in a socially distanced manner while you wait to be attended to at the desk.

Full membership details can be found at the following link HERE

Lancashire League junior divisions announced

Greenmount’s junior teams that are due to play in the Lancashire League this summer now know their opponents.

The Under 18s are in the East Division with Crompton, Haslingden, Littleborough and Rochdale.

The Under 13s are in the West 3 Division with Clitheroe, East Lancs, Lowerhouse, Ramsbottom, Read and Todmorden.

The Under 11s are in East 2 Division with Crompton, Haslingden, Rawtenstall, Thornham and Walsden.

Fixtures will be announced in due course.

Full programme ahead for the Juniors

With Leigh Dickinson at the helm supported by an array of coaches and team managers, the Junior Section are looking forward to another season of cricket.

The start of the season might be fairly busy with many players, and some of our team managers / coaches, combining both football and cricket obligations as a result of the extension of the football season. We just ask for patience as we look to combine both seasons.

The club will be looking to offer the following this season :-

· All Stars Cricket – for children aged from 5-8 years

· U9s – 2 teams playing in the GMCL

· U11s – 2 teams one playing pairs in the GMCL and one playing pairs in the Lancs Junior League

· U13s – one team playing in the Lancs Junior League – playing pairs in the league and 11 a-side in the Cup

· U15s – one team playing in the GMCL

· U18 – one team playing in the Lancs Junior League

Training should be starting from Friday 16th April from 6-8pm, weather and Covid regulations permitting. Exact times for each age group will be confirmed nearer the time but is likely to align very much with last year with the U9s training from 6-7pm whilst the other age groups will mostly be from 6-8pm. The All Stars programme will be a 8 week programme starting in mid May. Specific details for this will be confirmed in due course.

U9s and U15s will normally play matches on Mondays with U11s, U13s & U18s playing their matches on Wednesdays & Thursdays. For any further details, please contact Leigh on [email protected]