Rain forces postponement of opening weekend of High Peak cricket league’s fixtures

FLASHBACK: Players shelter in the pavilion as rain beats down at Dove Holes Cricket Club last season. NBUA110747A.
FLASHBACK: Players shelter in the pavilion as rain beats down at Dove Holes Cricket Club last season. NBUA110747A.

THE PROLONGED spell of wet weather has forced the postponement of the opening weekend of fixtures in the Peak Sports Derbyshire & Cheshire Cricket League.

All matches scheduled for Saturday April 21 have been called off, and will now be played on a Sunday later in the season, the league’s Management Committee announced yesterday (Wednesday).

Mike Brown, Honorary Secretary of the Derbyshire & Cheshire League, said despite weeks of fine weather aiding pre-season preparations by hardening the ground, the recent rain and low temperatures had allowed water to sit on the surface and not drain away. Some clubs have also had difficulty getting machinery on the ground.

He added: “Most grounds have been inspected over the last few days, some were fit, others not, but with more rain forecast over the next few days, it was decided to postpone the opening day’s fixtures in the hope that the weather will improve and allow us to start the season on Saturday April 28.”

The Derbyshire & Cheshire League’s junior under-15 fixtures scheduled for Monday April 23 are also expected to be postponed.