Cricket clubs paying the price for wet weather

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After a disastrous first half of the season which saw 211 out of 506 games, or 34.8 per cent, of the league matches cancelled, the second half commenced in an even more dismal fashion on Saturday, which saw all six premier division games abandoned without a ball being bowled due to waterlogged pitches.

This seems to be a previously un-experienced situation on a day that saw a total of 34 games abandoned without any play.

Apart from the lack of actual play, clubs are being hit hard financially due to the denial of income from bar takings, teas and match fees as the cost of running clubs is undiminished.

Additionally, the many hard workers at clubs are having to spend extra time in mopping up while becoming increasingly de-motivated as all their efforts are non-productive.

While the players from the vast amount of clubs experienced probably the season’s most frustrating day on Saturday as the sun shone down on waterlogged grounds, a very small number of teams did manage to enjoy a day’s play with some picking up extremely valuable points.

Having missed out on selection for England under-19s, Jack Leaning took 4-22 for Heworth in eight overs as Pickering took first innings at Mill Lane.

For the Pikes, Mark Shepherd made 60 and Craig Aconley 32 in a total of 185-9.

When Heworth responded, ex-Copmanthorpe player Salman Syed made 46no, Waseem Akram 43 and Dave Simpson 38 as the Elm Parkers reached their target in 41 overs for the loss of five wickets.

Having regularly been thwarted by the soggy state of their own ground, Sessay 2nds saw successful action when they travelled to Hovingham in division three and won by 77 runs.

Joe Watson made one of the day’s highest scores when he hit 88 while Matt Wass, 58, also reached the half-century milestone.

With Darren Atkinson chipping in with 38, Sessay were able to total 218-6 despite the 3-53 from Steve Mosey.

The bulk of Hovingham’s responsive runs came from the father-son combination of Stu Prest, 37, and Will Prest, 53, but Luke Ramsey, 3-29, and Tom Wilkinson, 3-23, joined forces to bowl the hosts out for 141.

In the northern section of the Intermediate League, Pickering earned 30 points for beating Malton & Old Malton by nine wickets.

Malton were skittled for just 70 in 28.2 overs, Ryan Boyes claiming 4-20.

Pickering reached 73-1 in 13.1 overs, Edward Cass scoring 36 not out and Tim Whincup 25 not out.