Monday, 6 July 2015

Rain cannot dampen day of delights

Posted by Tony Hutton

Like Brian Sanderson I made the same roundabout journey in search of cricket, the whole day being followed by the rain which arrived much earlier than expected.

Sedbergh on a previous visit, when the sun shone

Bad weather after such a good run of continuous cricket always comes as a surprise and this week all the worse due to the proliferation of fixtures throughout the north of England, for instance John Winn and friends were at Chesterfield today to watch Derbyshire, Brian Senior at Trent Bridge to watch Notts, but little play before lunch for either.

Other goodies on offer at Todmorden, Old Trafford, St. Peter's York and of course Sedbergh and Headingly. The low cloud at Sedbergh looked ominous from the start but play got under way half an hour early to make up for time lost yesterday. A stubborn last wicket stand of 45 did not please the Cumberland faithful, but eventually the last man fell to star bowler from yesterday, Sam Wood, with exceptional figures of
8-52 just two runs away from the all time Cumberland bowling record. Wood is a Yorkshireman from Northallerton and plays his club cricket with Richmondshire, the same club as Cumberland skipper Garry Pratt.

The Cumberland opening pair of Hale and Tolley put on 51 runs in 15 overs and never looked in trouble, but then the rains came and, with little hope of a resumption and no wind to blow the rain clouds away, we turned back to Leeds after a tour of the village centre. We found some interesting cricket memorabilia about Sedbergh school in a shop window and a huge collection of cricket books in the largest of the book shops.

Sedbergh school pavilion on a sunny day

Taking a more devious route back to Leeds we sampled the delights of Dentdale, with its railway station perched on the hilltop many miles from the actual village, the Ribblehead Viaduct and Settle. Arriving back at Headingley just after 4 p.m. we were re-united with Mr Sanderson who had seen Proctor complete his century for Lancashire 2nd XI. As soon as we arrived the players went off for tea, returned briefly for an over or two and then went off for rain. Not our day for cricket but plenty of other delights available.

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