Another soggy Saturday for cricket as cancellation count rises

The second Saturday of July saw another 48 matches cancelled in the Francis Clark Devon league.

That takes the overall matches-off count to 306 for the season to date.

It is not quite the highest number of weather hit matches in a single season.

In recent times that record stands with the 2008 season when 190 1st XI and 184 2nd XI matches were weather hit.

The current total is now just 68 cancellations shy of that 2008 figure with seven more weeks to go.

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In local terms the hardest hit has been Uplyme 2nd XI who have a current cancellation count of six.

Yarcombe, Upottery and Whimple 1st XIs together with Whimple 2nd XI have all suffered five wash-outs whilst Seaton and Honiton 1st XIs together with Axminster and Honiton 2nd XIs, have been washed out four times.

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Uplyme 1st XI, with just two cancellations, have done better than most in terms of being able to play matches.

In the soggy summer of 2008 it was Honiton who fared the worst as they had six cancelled and one abandoned meaning that they were unable to play seven of their 18 games.

Other local sides to be hardest hit in 2008 were Feniton, Seaton, Kilmington, Uplyme and Yarcombe, each with five games called off, whilst Upottery, Axminster, Whimple and Chardstock all lost four games to the weather.

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