The first day of the York Senior League cricket season on Saturday was set to be a big day for Woodhouse Grange CC.
The Sutton on Derwent based side were to field three teams in the league for the first time in their history.
The only other local side to achieve such a milestone is York CC.
Sadly, the weather cut the celebrations short. The heavy showers of the previous few days caused all three matches to be cancelled due to waterlogged grounds. The first team casualty at Goole Town was particularly disappointing for Woodhouse’s new fast bowler, Richard Mann, who was due to make his Grange debut at his old club.
Both second and third team games, due to be played at Sutton on Derwent, also fell foul of the weather.
Things did not improve on Sunday when the League President’s Challenge match between Woodhouse (2011 League Champions) and Sessay (2011 Cup winners) was cancelled for the second week running.
A new date for this may have to be researched later in the season, but it is more likely that the two teams may decide to share the trophy for this year.
The hope is that the weather will be better for cricket next weekend.
The first team is at home to Clifton Alliance,
The second team visits Welton and Brough, while the third team travels to Hornsea seconds.
The York Vale League also opens next Saturday with Woodhouse’s newly-formed fourth team at home to Thorpe Willoughby seconds.
All senior league games start at 12.30pm, while the Vale League game does not start until 2pm.
Next Sunday sees the start of the York Intermediate League, with Woodhouse Grange away to Sessay.
The York junior league season also gets underway with Woodhouse Under-13s visiting York Under-13s.