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Rain stops play as cricket season delayed at Beckwithshaw

Rain stops play as cricket season delayed at Beckwithshaw

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 6:04am 14th April 2018.

Cricketers are to swap their bats for shovels this weekend after rain interrupted the start of the cricket season in Harrogate.

Officials at Beckwithshaw CC say they've never known their ground to be as wet as it is now at this stage of the year.

The champions and Waddilove Cup holders will spend the first weekend of the season digging out drainage channels.

Players have had to be assembled into a work squad to dig out extensive channels to clear the water.  

Australian signing fast bowler Cameron Bradley would have expected to have been tearing in from the boundary but instead will be knee deep in mud.

1st team Captain Ross said: "The ground's just completely sodden with wet patches all over so we've not even been able to get out and train.

"We're digging trenches for drainage, which are going to be filled with gravel and piping to try and get us playing a lot more cricket.

"I've never known a season to be rescheduled for wet weather.

"It's going to be an interesting start to the year.

"I think we're going to be struggling for a few weeks to get on to the ground for training, let alone any pre-season friendlies."

Local firm GH Brooks have assisted with the materials to enable the club to urgently get the work done and start their title defence.

The club say they will welcome any help from volunteers.

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