On a weekend when only 3 of 9 Div 1 fixtures were completed due to the weather, Hampshire moved into top spot with a 4 wicket win over Birmingham Bears at Aldershot – full report here.
Surrey went second with a big win over Sussex – Kirstie White hit 74 off 56 balls as Surrey posted 144-4 from 20 overs, before the stock story of Sussex’s season played out once again, as their batting collapsed to 87 all out – Surrey skipper Hannah Jones leading the bowling with 2-11.
With no rescheduling allowed in the T20 Cup, the lost matches are lost for ever with each team allocated just 1 point compared with 4 for a win, leaving Lancashire particularly aggrieved, having now had 3 of 4 games rained-off so far this season.
It was the same story in Div 2, with washouts up and down the country – including Scotland making the 8-hour road-trip to Essex, only to have to turn straight around again, with no prospect of play whatsoever due to an uncovered pitch.
With only the fixtures at Hartlepool surviving in Div 2, home side Durham took advantage to post victories over Cheshire and Somerset and leapfrog Scotland into first place.
How on earth can a fixture for a team travelling from Scotland not have covers? This is very unfair and smacks of lack of care and thought for opponents.
There are numerous methods of forecasting weather nowadays so there is no excuse there.
If the host club does not have covers maybe there is a lack of forward planning?
This concern may be irrelevant due to whatever formats come into place next year, but with the inclusion of Wales and Scotland into the cricket league set up greater care and planning should be in place.
This scenario could also apply to the likes of Durham, Cornwall and Somerset.
The expense and waste of time must be very frustrating for those travelling.