Rain stops play

WET weather wreaked havoc on the start of the cricket season, with the majority of the opening-day matches in the region washed out.

Both Alnwick sides had their games cancelled in the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League, with the red light being given to the first team’s home game against Consett in Division A2, while the seconds’ Division B2 trip to Consett twos met the same fate.

In what was a weather-beaten fixture list, all Division B2 matches were off, while the only game to survive in Division A2 was Ryton’s 59-run victory over Whickham.

Rain marred the curtain-raiser of the Northumberland Cricket League, with not a single game managing to overcome the elements.

Among the called-off games were the Premier Division clashes between Alnmouth & Lesbury and Blagdon Park, Tillside versus Bates Cottages and Warkworth’s trip to Bedlington.

Things didn’t fare any better in the league’s lower tiers, with Stobswood Welfare’s Division One away day at Clara Vale cancelled, while Ulgham Village’s trip to Civil Service, in Division Two, also off.

Division B2 matches between Stobswood Welfare twos and Kirkley seconds and the second-string affair between Ulgham Village and Monkseaton were also cancelled.