Weather woe piles on cricket misery

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CRICKET clubs across the Dispatch district are counting the cost of the wettest June since records began after another washout last weekend.

Only the big derby between Rolls-Royce Leisure and Hucknall survived as all other matches involving local sides in the Notts Premier League (NPL), Gunn And Moore South Notts League and Bassetlaw League were cancelled last Saturday.

The biggest casualty was Papplewick’s scheduled match against fellow strugglers Welbeck in the NPL.

“We are halfway through the season and out of the 66 games that should have been played so far, we have lost one third due to the bad weather,” said NPL spokesman Ian Smith. “We have had poor patches before where we have had two or three bad weekends but never have we had such a sustained situation like this year.

“It is having a major impact on play and club strategies and with many youth side matches cancelled too, we are in danger of losing kids and our future players to other activities and sports.”

Papplewick secretary Stef Roberts said: “There was no cricket at all last weekend and we had a fundraising event planned to follow the cricket, which we were also forced to cancel.

“Our club takings are down significantly. If there is no cricket there are no supporters buying drinks and refreshments. It is all very disappointing.”

Youngsters have also been left feeling fed up and frustrated after organisers set up a Little Wickets club for Friday nights.

Stef added: “We wanted to introduce younger players to the game so hired the Little Wickets team to visit our club for the four to seven-year-olds but many of these events have not gone ahead because of the awful weather.”

She added: “It’s disappointing for everyone involved in the club whether you are four or 64 because we are just not playing cricket and this is what we are all about.

“Losing money that is put back into the club for future use is an additional problem.

“All we can hope for is better weather for the rest of the season.”

Other local victims of the weather were Hucknall 2nd, 3rd and 4th teams, Rolls-Royce 2nds and the Newstead first XI, seconds and thirds, who all saw their Gunn and Moore South Notts League matches axed without a ball being bowled.

The same fate befell Papplewick’s second and third teams in the Bassetlaw League.

Matches were also decimated last Sunday with Papplewick, Hucknall, Byron Abbey , Bestwood Village and Bestwood Village 2nd all missing out.

The one Sunday match played saw Newstead maul Teversal by nine wicketsin Section Two of the Mansfield League.

The star of the show was Dan Greenhalgh, who wook six wickets for just three runs in ten overs, including nine maidens.

Teversal managed just 26 all out with no batsman hitting more than five and the extras column top scoring with ten.

In reply, Newstead cruised to victory in little more than six overs for the loss of one wicket with Nick Rose hitting an undefeated 23 (four fours) in a total of 27 for one.