Players at Audlem Cricket Club are making valiant efforts to try and save Saturday's league game and Sunday's six-a-side competition.
As a consequence of the constant heavy rain over the last few weeks, the cricket ground has been so saturated that part of it has become flooded. This has meant that, in addition to last weekend's postponements, there have been no local knockout matches for the last two weeks. The race is now on to remove the water and allow the ground to dry out enough so that play can go ahead.
So far, more than 500 gallons (2,270 litres) have been pumped off the ground, but this afternoon there is still lying water – and it's raining again. No one is sure whether there are any underground land drains at the ground. It is quite possible that the traditional method of "butt and reen drainage" has served the purpose of dissipating any surface water extremely well for hundreds of years, but this year's exceptional rainfall has seen this method unable to cope. A reen is a drainage channel and a butt is a ridge between the reens. Those of you who have visited the cricket ground will recognise that this description perfectly fits the contours of the land.
Pumping will continue tomorrow and it is hoped that this, together with the forecast sunny and windy weather, will help the area affected to dry out. Should the ground be fit, the 2nd XI are due to play Kerridge 2nds at home on Saturday, starting at 2.00 pm. Sunday's six-a-side competition has eight teams battling to win. There will be two groups of four teams that will play each other. The winners of each group will play the runners-up of the other group in the semi finals – the winners of which will contest the final. Play is due to start at 11 am. The bar will be open and there will also be a barbecue so do go along to watch.
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