July rains wash out Francis Clark league programme

PUBLISHED: 12:47 10 July 2012

Budleigh Cricket ground after it had suffered yet another flooding of their club house. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exsp 6255-28-12AW

Budleigh Cricket ground after it had suffered yet another flooding of their club house. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exsp 6255-28-12AW

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The washout across the Francis Clark Devon league on the first Saturday of July leaves the matches off count rising considerably and a third of the season has now been lost to the weather.

In terms of statistics of matches off after another soggy Saturday the F Division, where Yarcombe play, has now seen 38 per cent of its season lost to the elements with 19 of the 50 matches that were scheduled unable to be played to a conclusion.

The E Division which includes Uplyme and Lyme Regis, Kilmington and Upottery, has lost 36 per cent (18 off from 50) and the D Division, which includes locally, Feniton, Seaton, Whimple and Honiton, 28 per cent (14 off from 50 scheduled matches).

In 1st XI league cricket across the league the matches not played count has risen to 117 out of the 350 scheduled fixtures and that equates to 33 per cent of the programme!

It’s a similar story across the 2nd XI matches with 128 of the 388 games meeting a watery grave which means 33 per cent of their matches have not been played.

The hardest hit division is the 2nd XI A Division which has lost 21 of its 50 scheduled games and that equates to a whopping 42 per cent of the fixture list.

D Division Halberton and Sampford Peverell skipper Jeremy Turner summed up what many skippers are feeling: “It is so frustrating. We seem to be always hit by the weather in matches where, certainly in terms of the form book, we could expect to pick up significantly more than the six points you get for a cancellation or abandoned contest. For me that then gives a false look to the table. If we had been able to play Whimple twice and poor old Cockington who everybody seems to be taking big points off them, I am sure we would have banked more than the 18 points we have taken from the three matches. Had we played and got even 16 in each game that would have given us 48 points and with that we’d be sat in a promotion pace.”


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