It’s a washout

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FOR the second successive year, the month of June has proved to be more-or-less a washout for southside cricketers as the monsoon rains again made their appearance just before the weekend to ruin the fixture plans.

And the lack of match practice is looming large as a factor in Clydesdale youngster Sam Page’s mind.

The 18-year-old was last week named in Scotland’s provisional squad for the Under-19 World Cup in Queensland, Australia, in August.

But he has only recently returned from an ankle injury and is desperate to show his talents to the national selectors before the final travelling squad of 15 is chosen.

Last week’s semi-final of the Rowan Cup against Weirs at Albert Park was postponed for a week as the rains arrived with a vengeance.

Saturday’s top-level league game at Greenock was also washed out, along with every other such match throughout Scotland.

Whether the persistently poor June pattern carries over for yet another week was in the balance this week, but none of the three southside clubs have played a Saturday game since June 2 at what should be a peak period of the cricket season.

For Sam Page, there are just two weeks left for him to make the impression he needs to ensure he boards the plane to the Sunshine Coast, where Scotland are due play first-round matches against New Zealand, Pakistan and Afghanistan.