Barnt Green fail pain of the rain

Howzat! A Knowle player takes a catch on Saturday. Picture: MARTIN HUMBY

Howzat! A Knowle player takes a catch on Saturday. Picture: MARTIN HUMBY

First published in Sport

BARNT Green endured more rain frustration after both their Bank Holiday matches in the Birmingham and District League Premier Division were abandoned.

The Cherry Hill Road were in strong positions in both days when the wet weather forced their games off.

At home to Knowle and Dorridge on Saturday, James Ord was unbeaten on 36 as Green had reached 83-2 in the 25th over when rain stopped play.

It was even worse on Monday as Green looked set for their first win in a month at Leamington.

Captain Dougie Brown had won the toss and put the hosts into bat and the decision paid off as they were bowled out for 165.

Stephen Bevan took four wickets, while Brown and Richard Wilkinson claimed two apiece.

Ord (16 not out) and Nathan Newport (20 no) got the visitors off to a good start in reply but the match was called off in the ninth over, with Green 36-0.

“It was a frustrating weekend because on both days were in good positions,” said Brown. “We’ve not been playing that well in recent weeks but I thought we had corrected any problems we had and it’s a shame the rain forced both matches off.

“To be honest, this weekend sums up the season.

“So many games have been affected or called off by the rain that we’ve stopped thinking about winning games and just if we’ll actually be able to play.”

The wet weekend leaves Barnt Green ninth in the table but in no danger of relegation. Green will be hoping for better weather when they take on mid-table Shrewsbury away on Saturday (noon start).

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