Canavan’s Corner: A long slog for a short innings

Tottenham Hotspur's Jermain Defoe (left) and Blackpool's Alex Baptiste (right) in action during the Barclays Premier League match at White Hart Lane, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 7, 2011. See PA story SOCCER Tottenham. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial print use only except with prior written approval. New media use requires licence from Football DataCo Ltd. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions for full restrictions.
Tottenham Hotspur's Jermain Defoe (left) and Blackpool's Alex Baptiste (right) in action during the Barclays Premier League match at White Hart Lane, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 7, 2011. See PA story SOCCER Tottenham. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial print use only except with prior written approval. New media use requires licence from Football DataCo Ltd. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions for full restrictions.
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ALEX Baptiste had a wonderful day at Preston Cricket Club, playing for the Gary Parkinson Cricket Trophy.

He and Ian Evatt volunteered to turn out in the match.

Unfortunately, Baptiste got completely lost on the journey from his family home in Nottingham and missed the entire first innings, when Blackpool were fielding.

He spent an hour and 45 minutes circling Preston before finally arriving with the Seasiders batting and a few wickets down.

Baptiste padded up eagerly and then his moment came. First ball, he went for a big slog, missed and looked round to see his middle stump lying forlornly on the ground.

“I can’t believe it,” he muttered in the clubhouse for at least the next four hours. “It’s taken me all morning to get here – I want another go.”

Not quite how cricket works, Alex. I like to think I cheered him up by whacking my first ball, bowled by Andy Lonergan, for a one-bounce four.

Alas, it wasn’t enough to stop Blackpool being crushed by about 100 runs and exiting the tournament at the first-round stage.

Plenty of money raised for Parky, though, which was the main thing.

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MORE coffee spilling in the press box at Bloomfield Road this week.

The freelance journalist in front of me – a nice lad called Jeremy –had his drink knocked over by the chap next to him.

It missed his laptop but landed on his bag. That seemed a good thing. Alas turns out he had just returned from a holiday to Italy, where he had spent £200 on said item. “It’s gone from smelling of Italian leather to Mellow Bird’s”, he said.

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THERE was a media v staff footie match at Bloomfield Road this week. It was pencilled in for a 1pm kick-off until Karl Oyston realised he’d effectively be giving his workforce half a day off. Needless to say, the chairman hastily switched it to an evening start.

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BLACKPOOL have already started lining up their pre-season fixtures. No news yet on whether they’ll be heading abroad (I hope so – could do with topping up the tan). but words reaches us they have organised a glamour game against one of the biggest clubs north of the border at Bloomfield Road in mid-July. Should be good.

JOIN STEVE CANAVAN FOR HIS FINAL WEB CHAT OF THE SEASON TODAY FROM 1PM.