Cheshire v Herefordshire – Match Cancelled
By Derrick Hastings

The Group 3 MCCA KO Trophy match between Cheshire and Herefordshire, scheduled to be played at Bramhall on Sunday, 20th May has had to be cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch.

The pitch was inspected on Wednesday by Minor Counties Umpire Alistair Davies who found it to be unplayable at the time but there was still time for it to dry out, particularly as the Bramhall Groundsmen were working hard at pumping water from the drainage system under the outfield. The main difficulty was with the fact that the water table was very high, meaning that there was nowhere for the water to go.

A further inspection on Thursday showed that the outfield and the run-ups were still very wet. The Herefordshire Captain paid a visit to the ground on Friday and reported back to the Herefordshire Secretary that he felt it would not come into condition in time for Sunday’s game to go ahead. Peter Babbage, James Duffy, the Cheshire Captain, and David Bailey, the Cheshire Chairman of Cricket also visited the ground on Friday and found that conditions had improved somewhat compared to earlier. David Bailey authorised a further inspection of the ground on Saturday morning.

Heavy rain overnight Friday added to the problems and at the inspection at 10:30 Saturday morning in the company of Premier League Umpire Wyn Harris it was decided that the match could not go ahead. The match has had to be cancelled.

The cancellation of the match gives one point each to Cheshire and Herefordshire, which means that Cheshire finish top of Group 3 with 6 points and Herefordshire finish with 4. Herefordshire could still qualify as runners-up in the group depending on the outcome of other games being played over the weekend.

Cheshire will have a home tie in the next round against the runners-up from Group 4. The game is scheduled to be played at Toft on the 17th June.

Read the earlier reports regarding the situation at Bramhall.

More information can be obtained by contacting the Hon. Secretary, Derrick Hastings, on 01606 889059 (Home), 07989 114691 (Mobile) or by sending him an e-mail.