Rain stops play in all East Devon cricket matches

PUBLISHED: 11:00 10 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:03 15 June 2010

Of the 73 Francis Clark Devon League matches scheduled for week 10 of the season, play was possible in just 13 and not one contest was played to a finish, writes Steve Birley.

Of the 73 Francis Clark Devon League matches scheduled for week 10 of the season, play was possible in just 13 and not one contest was played to a finish. None of the games managed to see completion of a single innings on a day when the weather played havoc with the programme. The fixture wipe out takes the running total of abandonments and cancellations to 63 for the season in the top four Divisions and that means that just one more bad weekend and last year's total will be matched. That figure for 2007 of 83 weather hit games was the largest amount in recent memory and those that point to a change in the climate have their argument backed up by the fact that, in 2002, 45 games were lost to the weather, a year later it was 44 and in 2004 just 30 games were hit. That meant an average 'loss' of 40 games per season from 2002 to 2004. In 2005 61 matches were weather hit, a year later it was 54 and in 2007 as many as 83 games met a watery end, that meant a 'more recent three average' of 66 and so there is clear evidence that the weather is biting harder and harder into the summer schedule.Sidmouth were the highest ranked East Devon side to get any sort of play, their Premier Division game with Plymouth managing 17 overs, whilst Axminster's B Division game with Cockington had sufficient overs for Gary Larcombe (22no) and Johnny Hurford (14no) to see their side to 39-1 when the rain intervened. Whimple managed to get some action in, all be it half a dozen overs in which time hosts Woodbury had moved onto 32 without loss when the heavens opened in their D Division game and there was even more action at Yarcombe & Stockland where Upottery were able to extend their lead at the top of G Division by taking a point more than the home side. Upottery skipper Stuart Drew had taken both home wickets to fall and had 2-19 as he and Mark Joyce had got through six overs apiece and Yarcombe were 48-2 from those 12 overs after runs from Steve Loud (22) and Simon Durrant (12), when the weather intervened. Upottery now lead the table by 20 points and they are 39 clear of the third placed side, this with just five games and 100 points to play for. Indeed, with a game on Saturday against Newton St Cyres and the two sides who could still edge them out of a top two berth, Yarcombe and Shaldon meeting, by stumps on Saturday evening Upottery might well be able to begin to plan the champagne party.Chardstock also got a taste of action. They were at Shaldon where 10 overs were managed during which time the visitors had made it to 22-1. Shaldon groundsman Charles Woolnough said: "The sides were debating whether to hang around to see if the ground was going to dry and I told them that it simply would get no better than it was and if they were going to play then they should get on with it. They did just that but another downpour ended it all after 10 overs."No joy for Uplyme & Lyme Regis skipper Ashley Caddy and his side who were faced with an hour long car journey to Ipplepen where they hung around well after the scheduled start in an attempt to get a game in. They looked set to try and start at 3.30pm but then a heavy down pour washed that idea away. Caddy said: "It's a shame as it means we've spent a couple of hours on fruitless car journeys, the weather wins again."They managed some play back at Uplyme & Lyme Regis where the 2nds took to the field against Countess Wear. The Exeter side were 61-2 when the heavens claimed the day.

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