Heavens open on games

FIXTURE lists were left in tatters over the weekend as the rain left cricketers frustrated – not for the first time this season.

All the matches in the Wellstream Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League, SG Wealth Management Northumberland Cricket League and the Johnnie Johnson Housing Alnwick and District Cricket League were weather-beaten on Saturday.

And on Sunday, the downpours forced the cancellation of the Surridge Sports Alnwick and District Cricket League T20 Tournament Finals Day at Wooler Cricket Club.

Alnwick lost the battle with the weather, with both their first and second team unable to play.

The seconds’ saw their home match against Seaton Burn II in the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League, Division B2 axed while their first side’s Division A2 trip to face Burn’s first XI also met the same fate.

The cancelled games in the Northumberland Cricket League included Bomarsund v Warkworth, Bates Cottages v Alnmouth & Lesbury and Bedlington v Tillside in the Premier Division, while Stobswood Welfare’s trip to Gateshead Ethnic Minorities and Ulgham Village’s home clash with Monkseaton in Division One were also given the red light.

In Division B2, Hebburn II versus Ulgham Village seconds and Stobswood Welfare II against New Hartley Village II were also cancelled.

The continuing bad weather once again decimated the Alnwick and District Cricket League, with it suffering its first complete washout of the season with not a ball being bowled anywhere.

The rain forced the cancellation of Embleton v Berwick, Howick v Warenford, Mitford v Tillside, Rock v Alnmouth & Lesbury and Warkworth v Wooler.

And to make matters worse the league’s T20 Tournament Finals Day at Wooler the following day also fell victim to the rain.

It has been re-arranged for Sunday, August 7, again at Wooler, with the semi-finals at 11am and 2pm and the final at 5pm. The finalists are Wooler Wizards and Mitford Marauders and Berwick Bushwackers and Tillside Tomahawks.

League secretary Stephen Mills bemoaned the worst season weather-wise for several years, adding: “What makes it worse is that it has been fine during the week but wet at weekends.”

Two of the teams worst affected are Wooler and Berwick who have both lost four successive fixtures to the weather.