Blame it on the rain

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This time last year, southside cricketers and fans were bemoaning the rain-wrecked Saturdays of the June and early July rainstorms.

This year, it’s been a repeat performance — only worse.

NVT Poloc, Weirs and PSL Team Sports 
Clydesdale have all completed just three Saturday league games in the first half of the season, and the last five Saturdays have been washed out.

What’s more, at least two of five initial home-and-away round-robin group stage Scottish Cup matches could not be played, and the final one is scheduled for the coming weekend.

Weirs and Clydesdale have also been trying — and failing — to play their long overdue semi-final of the prestigious midweek Rowan Cup Twenty20 match — a game that has already been postponed five times.

The rains have overwhelmed cricket grounds all over Scotland — none more so than the venues in Uddingston and Edinburgh chosen for Scotland’s important three matches against Canada.

Not a single ball was bowled in the four-day game at Uddingston, and the two one-day internationals had to be moved to Ayr after the capital ground was flooded to a depth of five feet by the Water of Leith bursting its banks.

Clydesdale’s internationalist Majid Haq expressed his frustration that the latter games had not been assigned to his home ground at 
Titwood, where he has taken so many wickets.

But, although dry weather at the end of last week raised hopes of this possibility, groundsman Cyril 
McLatchie had been unable between the downpours to prepare a suitable playing surface for such an important international event.