WHISPER it softly, but statistics in the Mewies Solicitors Craven League suggest that 2014 is on course to be even soggier than 2012, a season which set records for cancellations.
With no play possible in any game last Saturday, already some teams have had half of their matches – four out of eight – called off.
League fixtures secretary Trevor Coe accepts that more poor weather could be on its way but is hopeful things won't turn out as bad as two years ago.
He said: “In all, 186 out of 464 games (40 per cent) have been abandoned. At the same stage in 2012, 120 games out of 480 (25 per cent) had been lost.
“At the end of that season, 429 out of 1,320 (32.5 per cent) had been weather affected, which must have been a record.
“But I am keeping the faith that 2014 won’t be as bad as 2012, although there seems to be a pattern emerging between cricket and the weather.
“It appears that we play one game, miss one game, play one game etc.”
Meanwhile, the Craven League are wanting to maintain their status – set in 2014 in the inaugural year – as Yorkshire’s leading league in terms of responses to the ECB’s (England & Wales Cricket Board’s) national player survey.
This year’s survey was launched on Tuesday of last week and will run until the end of the month.
Coe explained: “The aim is to get the views and opinions of players and to find out what they really want from their league.
“The ECB has provided an early breakdown of the responses received so far.
“We know it is early days but Craven has received more responses than any other league in Yorkshire, and Mrs [Ann] Coe is very keen that this continues so that some ‘Noddy league’ from up the valley can beat something like the Bradford League!
“We would urge all players over 14 years of age, former players and anyone associated with cricket to take a few minutes to fill in the survey which can be found on www.ecb.co.uk/playingsurvey2014.”
The delayed second-round Wynn Cup tie on Sunday between Foulridge and Sutton survived the deluges.
On what was understandably a slow, low wicket, Foulridge struggled to 90 all out in 42 overs, John Lickess top-scoring with 41 as Simon Doane took 3-16 and Ben Bolland 3-17. Visitors Sutton looked down and out at 52-9, before a last-wicket partnership of 32 took them to within sight of the last eight.
However, they then closed six runs short, so it is Foulridge who will travel to Oakworth next Sunday.
Skipper Craig Thornton battled his way to 47 as Imran Khaliq produced stunning bowling figures of 7-12 off his allotted 12 overs.
Revised third-round Wynn Cup draw: Ingrow St John’s v Crossflatts, Embsay v Thornton-in-Craven, Oakworth v Foulridge, Haworth Road v Bingley Congs. Matches to be played on Sunday, June 15.