BLAGDON PARK face one of their toughest challenges of the season to date when they entertain champions Warkworth tomorrow.
Park were hopeful of fielding a full-strength side, but that all changed when wicket-keeper Nigel Clough became stranded on the Caribbean Island of St Kitts on his honeymoon.
Skipper Greig Senior explained: “We have been struggling for a settled side but were hopeful for this week.
“However, while Nigel’s plane was waiting to set off a bird flew into its engine, causing the flight to be cancelled and he is now stuck there.
“It is bad news for us – although maybe not for him!”
While Senior anxiously awaits information on Clough’s return, there might be good news on a possible comeback for batsman Richard Shield.
Senior added: “Richard would be a big addition for us.
“He was set to play last week but had to pull out, so we are hoping to have him tomorrow.
“However, we probably will not have bowler Michael Ford. He is a real loss for us.”
With just one win so far Park are in a familiar position in the bottom four, but they have not been helped by the weather.
Senior said: “We probably had the advantage in two games before rain denied us a chance to push for victory.”
Leaders Corbridge are without Derek Robinson for the visit of Alnmouth, who welcome back Lee Pearson for his seasonal debut with Andrew Hodgson also returning.
Bates Cottages are still searching for their first win but are facing a head count rather than a selection issue, with at least five players unavailable for the trip to Clara Vale.