NEWCASTLE CITY are keeping their fingers crossed for good weather for their game against Sacriston tomorrow as they look to avoid a FIFTH successive washout.
The heavy rains this summer have affected City more than any other club in Division A1, with half of their 12 games so far either abandoned without a ball being bowled or failing to finish – including the last four in a row.
City’s games were washed out for three weeks in a row in June, along with almost all the other fixtures in A1.
But when the rest of the division managed to return to action last weekend, City’s game against Benwell and Walbottle was abandoned due to the weather once again.
That run has left City in mid-table, 50 points behind leaders Lintz, and skipper Bob Brar admits that it is a tall order for them to catch up with the title challengers with only 10 games remaining.
He said: “We have been cursing our luck with the weather because half of our games so far have been affected by the weather.
“I can’t remember three games in a row being washed out before, let alone four. It is the worst I have known in the nearly 30-odd years I have been playing.
“We were on quite a good run until June but the wash outs are like defeats to us.
“Let’s be honest, we are quite a way behind the leaders now and it will be very hard to catch them. We finished third last season and if we can get up to a similar position this year, we will have done well.”
City will be without bowler Sultan Khan tomorrow due to work commitments but should be otherwise at full-strength against fourth-bottom Sacriston.
Lintz are at mid-table Annfield Plain, while second-placed Leadgate are at basement side Percy Main.
Swalwell are third and they visit next-to-bottom Benwell, with fourth-placed Tynedale at home to fifth-placed Ashington.
Third-bottom Morpeth take on Shotley Bridge, who are two places above them.
In Division A2, leaders Ryton are at Whickham, while second-placed Backworth take on Consett who lie third. Victory for the Steelmen could see them leapfrog Backworth and move into a promotion place.
FIXTURES – DIVISION A1: Annfield P v Lintz, Benwell and Walbottle v Swalwell, Morpeth v S Bridge, Newcastle C v Sacriston, P Main v Leadgate, Tynedale v Ashington. DIVISION A2: Backworth v Consett, Burnopfield v Lanchester, Greenside v Alnwick, S Burn v Ponteland, Whickham v Ryton.