Local Cricket: Wet weather forces a switch in South Yorkshire

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THE local cricket season should have got fully underway this afternoon but whilst the South Yorkshire League will go ahead, the Yorkshire League have called off all their games and moved them to September.

The Yorkshire League have taken the decision because of this week’s heavy rain and the difficulties groundsmen have had this week in trying to prepare wickets, as well as another poor forecast for the weekend.

The full programme of seven matches will now be on Saturday, September 15.

Other leagues, including the Bradford League and the Central Yorkshire League, have also done the same but the South Yorkshire League intend to stick with today.

They actually opened with a handful of games last Saturday on a bitterly cold day but the top flight, the Premier Division, starts this afternoon.

Champions Elsecar get their defence underway when newly-promoted Coal Aston go to Armroyd Lane.

Whitley Hall, who looked set for the title at one stage, can be expected to be strong challengers again. They have a really tasty opener at home to another side expected to be challenging, Treeton, who have signed former Wickersley captain Gareth Davies,

Meanwhile Wickersley, once league kingpins but without a Premier title success for seven years, start their campaign at Hallam.

Wath begin at home to Barnsley whilst Aston hall entertain Houghton Main and Darfield have Whiston PC as visitors.

Last Saturday saw Upper Haugh mark their return to the league after a seven year absence with 39 run win over Rockingham in Division One.