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It's official: Wettest opening to a Craven League season ever
Buy this photo » Crossflatts fielders celebrate with bowler Jim O'Hara, third left, after a wicket at Thornton-in-Craven
If anyone needed to be told, the first half of the season has been the worst of any in Mewies Solicitors Craven League history.
The rain continued to play havoc with cricket on Saturday, as only two matches reached a conclusion and one of those ended as a timed draw.
Put in, the ten-man Golden View side struggled to 87-9, with Jan Haider making a painstaking but vital 42 as juniors Tom Bradley and Dan Scott took 2-4 and 2-14 respectively.
It was those same two juniors who saved the match by batting out time to get the score to 78-9 as Andy Greenwood took 5-19 and Mick Hawkes 3-35.
Division One leaders Haworth Road finally lost their first game to the weather.
They were at Embsay, who lost their first two wickets for no runs before recovering to 37-2 in the 16th over when play ceased.
Second-placed Haworth didn’t even make it onto the field at home to Bradley Airedale put on 85 for the first wicket at Cullingworth before collapsing to 124-6 in a 35 overs-per-side game. A Mahmood scored 47 and Dinesh Raheja 36 as Chris Welch claimed 4-37.
There was just nine overs play possible at Bull Holme where Barrowford had made 27-0 at home to Oakworth.
Bingley Congs' scrap with Ingrow at Beckfoot looked to be swaying the way of the visitors when the rain arrived to end play.
The home side had struggled to 86 all out, with Mark Pennington taking 5-13 off 6.1 overs and Mark Price 2-9 as Neil Copping top-scored with 34. The Hainworth side had replied with 2-0.
In Division Two, Adam Khan had made 56 not out to help Riddlesden recover from a poor start at Long Lee. They ended up on 111-2 after 27 overs.
Only eight overs were possible at Sutton, where Oakworth II were the visitors, and it was a similar tale at Pendle Forest, where Ingrow St John’s were in town.
In Division Three, Haworth West End’s Josh Holt took 4-19 as Chatburn reached 127-5 in the 29th over before stumps were drawn.
Richard Taylor 48 and Rob Taylor 26 had helped Denholme to 131-7 at home to Embsay II in a 30-overs- per-side game, with Jono Coward taking 4-69 and Simon Holt 3-54. The Shires Lane side managed only nine balls in their reply.
Even the quick-drying Haworth Road ground succumbed to the weather, with the game abandoned at 6.15pm.
Peter Carey (4-50) and Marc Atkinson (4-28) helped Ingrow St John’s back to the hut for 108 at Barrowford II. No further play was possible.
In Division Four, the game at Wilsden II, where Haworth II were the visitors, lasted just ten balls. This was ten more than the game between Riddlesden II and Sandy Lane II.
Bradley II were reduced to 24-7 at home to Bradford & Bingley III. They managed to push the score to 75 all out, N Smith (5-28), Dan Baines (3-13) and F Ul-Hassan (2-6) doing the damage. As with most games, that is where a halt to proceedings came.
Cononley II were 84-7 at Airedale II and Glusburn II 79-9 at home to Bingley Congs II when both games were abandoned.
No game reached a conclusion in Division Five, which was a great disappointment to Oakworth III.
They were in line for three points when Haworth West End II's conceded their game.
However, under league rules one game HAS to finish, so the Wide Lane side had to settle for a point.
Sutton II scored 69-3 in 29 overs at Thornton II.