Storms wipe out the county cricket league

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RAIN ruined Saturday in the Lincolnshire Cricket League again last weekend.

Chairman of the League Bob Welton said: “I cannot recall in all my involvement with cricket in Lincolnshire over a 40–year period a worse summer in terms of cancelled and abandoned matches than the present one.”

Two of the worst affected clubs are South Kelsey in the Premier League and Market Rasen in Division 1. Market Rasen in fact have only played one game so far this season, their bad luck being on two fine Saturdays to have no game scheduled.

Both clubs lost their games to the torrential rain last weekend. Strangely enough in taking five points from each cancelled game and winning their only played match, Market Rasen are far from out the reckoning so far as promotion is concerned.

The club have also welcomed back Matt Rutherford as his Saturday morning work commitments mean he cannot play Lincs ECB League matches.

After several seasons captaining Lincoln Lindum, he steps down two leagues, but his all round talents will undoubtedly be a great asset to Market Rasen in seeking a second successive promotion-if they can get back on the pitch.

Caistor suffered the same fate at the hands of the weather when their scheduled visit to Cherry Willingham was called off on Saturday, both sides taking five points each.

In Division 2, there was a determined attempt to play the local derby at Brigg Road between Caistor 2nds and neighbours Keelby 1st team.

In the shortened game between the showers leaders Keelby were bowled out for 98, Paul Rendell taking three for 15 for Caistor.

Caistor hung on at 82 for nine, veteran seamer Graham Avison taking seven for 40 for the visitors. Points were nine to Keelby and 10 to Caistor.

In Division 3 there was another low score for South Kelsey 2nds who were 70 all-out when they made the trip to Haxey 2nds, losing by five wickets.

South Kelsey managed only two points from their trek into the Isle of Axholme. Hibaldstow top this league and will hope for sunshine this coming Saturday after being another side to be cancelled last week.

In Division 4 Bruce Roberts’ Keelby 2nds were rained off in the scheduled home derby with Immingham Blossom Way.