Archive of John Shone, Author at Antique Grandfather Clocks

Jan 18 2019

Added Ryder to Me, Cricket and Sconny Purcell

A Couple of weeks later we faced St Bedes again in the Baseball final. Me and Sconny Purcell were once again captains. On this occasion we absolutely slaughtered them.There was only one outstanding captain on that day and it wasn’t Sconny Purcell. In fact, If I had scored a couple more runs I would have […]

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Jan 16 2019

Me,Cricket and Sconny Purcell (Final Part)

After that I was totally inspired and me and the wonder kids from Simms Cross could do no more wrong and it wasn’t long before The Bedes stood on the brink of defeat at 48 for nine most of their runs being made up by this plucky kid that we just coudn’t get out . […]


Jan 14 2019

Me, Cricket and Sconny Purcell (Parf Eleven)

I was fielding in my usual suicide position of silly mid on, when one of our bowlers (who shall be nameless at this time) let go a loose full toss. The Bedes batsman( whose name I never knew) smashed it with all his strength at me standing five yards away. I could neither jump, duck, […]

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Jan 11 2019

Me,Cricket and Sconny Purcell (Part Ten)

    I hurtled my first ball down the pitch quicker than any ball I had hurtled before straight at the off stump. The next thing the ball was flying high in the air towards the long on boundary and Sconny came charging up the pitch as fast as his little legs would carry him […]

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Jan 09 2019

Me,Cricket and Sconny Purcell (Part Nine)

  I don’t recall much about the first few overs except to say that I was still not out but struggling for a bit of form. Then a piece of good fortune, Pat Davenport came on to bowl and any nerves I was struggling with disappeared on the spot. I knew all about Pat, as […]


Jan 08 2019

Me,Cricket and Sconny Purcell (Part eight)

We had one more game to play after that against the National School and If we won we would go to the championship play-off against St. Bedes at the Widnes Cricket club ground. Win it we did and the stage was set Us and The Bedes, death or glory at Beaconsfield road. On the great […]

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Jan 07 2019

Me, Cricket amd Sconny Purcell (Part Seven)

Wickets fell,but runs still trickled along,it was going to be very,very close. Then it came to the final crunch. The last pair were at the wicket and there was a crowd of people, mums,dads.teachers etc. surrounding the scorers when the message eventually came through that the Paddys were 44 for nine. “Right Shone ” Sammy […]

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Jan 05 2019

Me Cricket and Sconny Purcell (Part Six)

I couldn’t believe it the mighty Bedes ,Sconny Purcell and all, had been beaten by a bunch of Paddy kids from West Bank,we had another chance. What made it more exciting was that in six days time, we had to play that same bunch of Paddy Kids and we had to win! When we arrived […]

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Jan 02 2019

Me,Cricket,and Sconny Purcell (Part Five)

I just stood there, and for about ten seconds or so I must have died, then I wanted to be sick..” Sammy immediately said ” Alright Shone, get your self ready “, but for the first time in my life, I really didn’t feel like playing cricket. Not that it mattered much on the day […]

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Jan 01 2019

Me,Cricket and Sconny Purcell (Part Four)

  Half an hour later ,as the team got up to leave, I automatically got up with them. “Sit down Shone ” said Sammy “You are not going anywhere ” and off they went without me ” I had taught Sammy Butterworth all he knew about cricket and He had left me behind. I sat […]

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