Weather continues to blight the season

Not a single ball was bowled in north Northumberland at the weekend as the dreaded weather ruined yet another round of cricket.

The season so far has been blighted by heavy rain both on match days and in the preceding days, leaving many grounds unplayable.

Alnwick ones and twos saw their games abandoned in the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League divisions A2 and B2 respectively.

The firsts were due to play away at Ryton while the seconds had planned to welcomed the same side’s 2nd XI to Weavers Way.

In the Premier Division of the Northumberland Cricket League, top-of-the-table Alnmouth & Lesbury’s match at Bedlington was off while the clash between home side Warkworth and Bates Cottages went the same way.

Stobswood Welfare firsts’ game at Clara Vale was rained off in Division One and their twos only got a result as New Hartley conceded in Division B2. Ulgham’s match at home to Hebburn in the same division was cancelled.

The rain wiped out the fixture list in the Johnnie Johnson Alnwick & District League too.

Among the matches not to go ahead was table-toppers Mitford away at Embleton and third v second – Alnmouth v Wooler.

Some of the league’s sides have had five or more games cancelled from eight this term.

Bamburgh Castle played a friendly on Thursday night which went ahead (see right) but the visit of a touring side from Yorkshire did not have the same luck on Sunday.