Rain adds to ‘worst season in 15 years’

This was the scene at the Recreation Ground in Ilkeston on Saturday as Ilkeston Rutland 2nd XI's match with Darley Dale was cancelled
This was the scene at the Recreation Ground in Ilkeston on Saturday as Ilkeston Rutland 2nd XI's match with Darley Dale was cancelled
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The 2012 cricket season is the worst for at least 15 years according to Derbyshire County Cricket League match secretary Chris Higginbottom.

One league game in three has not started or finished this season which makes it a very high 33 per cent of games in total so far.

“The 2007 season, which was the year of the great floods, saw something like 28 per cent of games not finishing,” explained Mr Higginbottom, who has been the league match secretary since 1995.

“Those games were all concentrated into a fairly small time scale though. You might get three or four weeks of really bad weather in a normal season, but this year we have only had two Saturdays , May 26 and June 2, where every game was finished” he added.

“I know 1997 was bad as well with over 20 per cent and 2002 was around 20 percent.

“It appears to be a five-year cycle. Beyond those years, the 
average figure is around 14 per cent, with the median figure being ten to 11 per cent which means we are currently three times worse off than what you would consider to be a normal season.

“I have vague recollections of 1983 being pretty awful, but I don’t think there has ever been such a sustained assault by the weather as this season,” ended Higginbottom.

Last Saturday saw 100 scheduled cricket games in the Derbyshire Premier Cricket League and Derbyshire County Cricket Leagues.

The deluge of rain which fell throughout the county in the days prior to the games meant a staggering 89 were cancelled without a ball being bowled.

Just 11 games started and only five games were played to a conclusion, one in the Premier League at table-topping Swarkestone and four in the County League.

On Sunday there were 20 scheduled cup quarter-final games of which only two started, one finishing, and one league game which went under.

Unfortunately, the local weather forecast for this weekend is one of more sustained rain.

l Derbyshire Academy graduate Tom Knight has secured a place in England’s 15-man squad for the ICC U19 World Cup in Australia.

England will begin with a game against hosts Australia in Townsville on August 11 before playing Ireland and Nepal in the other group stage matches.

If England progress in the competition they could then go on to face one of 12 other countries in the latter stages competing in the U19 World Cup.

The squad was selected by the England Development Programme selectors including David Graveney (EDP Head Selector), Tim Boon (Head Coach), John Abrahams and Iain Brunnschweiler.

Knight made his First XI debut, aged 17, during the 2011 Friends Life t20 campaign and he has since gone on to make a total of 18 appearances in a combination of all forms of the game, taking 19 wickets.

He penned a three-year professional contract mid-way through last season committing him to Derbyshire until the conclusion of the 2014 campaign.

He said: “I’m greatly looking forward to the opportunity of taking part in this showcase competition in Australia.

“It will be a great experience and with a selection of talented young players, I’m confident this England team can go a long way.

“My thanks go to all Academy and senior coaches at Derbyshire County Cricket Club and the Derbyshire Cricket Board who have helped improve my game.”