Cricket’s back - if the weather permits!

PUBLISHED: 10:57 25 July 2020 | UPDATED: 10:57 25 July 2020

Clyst St George 1st team at home to Honiton 1sts. Ref exsp 24 19TI 6463. Picture: Terry Ife

Clyst St George 1st team at home to Honiton 1sts. Ref exsp 24 19TI 6463. Picture: Terry Ife

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Cricket lovers the length and breadth of the area will have viewed the weather forecast with horror that rain looks set to play a part in proceedings on matchday one of a greatly shortened Devon League season.

Rain on the final Saturday of July is not unusual!

Indeed, over the past decade three of the final Saturday’s in July have been hit by rain with the 2018, 2017 and 2013 campaigns all suffering from a wet final Saturday in July.

However, rain on this final Saturday of July 2020 will be seen as being particularly cruel on cricketers who have waited so long to get back to playing competitive Devon league cricket.

Given any ‘normal’ gap between one league season ending and another season starting - usually a period of eight months, it was back on August 31, 2019 that Devon League teams last saw action and so, those that can play today, will be doing so for the first time in almost 11 months!

In terms of scheduled local action today; Kilmington entertain Upottery (1pm) while Seaton head for the Fortfield home of Sidmouth (12.30pm). Whimple travel to Thorverton and Chardstock visit Sampford Peverell & Tiverton.

Feniton entertain Alphington & Countess Wear at Acland Park (1pm). Honiton entertain Axminster (1pm) and Uplyme & Lyme Regis are at home to Ottery St Mary 2nds (1pm).

Whimple II host Kenn 1st XI and Sidbury are at home to Topsham St James 1st XI.

Seaton II are in home action against Woodbury & Newton St Cyres 1st XI and Upottery 2nds entertain Sampford Peverell & Tiverton II.


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