Cricket clubs do their best, but rain wins the day once more

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SATURDAY’S cricket action was another washout, with games across the city abandoned, including Bletchley Town’s match against Buckingham at Manor Fields – despite the best efforts of groundsman Alan Smith, pictured.

Stony Stratford will have been one of the most frustrated by the summer rain as their home match against Wollaston was called off.

However, as only one Northants League Premier Division game actually went ahead – leaders Peterborough Town beating Burton Latimer – no damage was done to Stony’s third position and bottom side Horton House await this Saturday.

Meanwhile Bletchley have been suffering more than most with the weather as they sit second from bottom of the table, unable to bowl a ball in anger yet again. James Clark’s men are in desperate need of points and will hope to take something – weather permitting – from their trip to Cumnor this Saturday.

In fact the only Cherwell League Division One fixture that did go ahead saw Great Brickhill draw at home with Banbury 2nds.

The weather held off long enough for 70 overs to be bowled as Brickhill hosted the basement boys, who benefited from having several first team players turn up after their match was cancelled.

The visitors made 224-6 from their 41 overs, and Brickhill’s attempted run chase didn’t go to plan. Struggling to cope with the conditions, they reached 104-5 in 29 overs to take just three points for their efforts compared to Banbury’s 16 – the side batting second once again coming out on the wrong side of the League’s rules.

Elsewhere Wolverton Town’s Division Two game with Abingdon Vale never got going, and all but a couple of Four Counties League fixtures were cancelled.

One of those to play were MK City 2nds who picked up a nine-wicket win over Cublington 3rds at Woughton-on-the-Green in Division Six, thanks in no small part to the efforts of 13-year-old Chris Petrie.

Making his 2nds debut, he claimed fantastic figures of 4-5 to help bowl sorry Cublington out for a dismal 34 before the home side cruised to victory on 37-1.