Author profile: Graham Hardcastle
This is the first of my articles on the two Authors responsible for 'Champions...about blooming' time!': GRAHAM HARDCASTLE has been covering Lancashire's fortunes since 2005 when they won promotion back to the top tier of the County Championship.
Having come straight out of Edge Hill University, where he gained a Journalism degree, he provided assistance for Colin Evans and Andy Wilson at the Manchester Evening News.
Working for the Bolton News, the Press Association, Lancashire's club website and a number of national newspapers, he has witnessed a couple of near misses in the Championship, most notably in 2007 when the Red Rose nearly chased down 489 against Surrey on the final day at the Oval.
Graham has also dipped into cricket over the other side of the Pennines, covering Yorkshire's fortunes since 2008, while he has also reported on Football (from Non-league to Premier League) and Tennis during the winter months.
His own playing career was limited to second-team appearances for Bolton League side Bradshaw and first- team appearances for Brinscall in the lower reaches of the Ribblesdale League. He also captained Edge Hill very badly.