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Midland storms wreak havoc

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Following the storms that swamped the West Midlands last week, it was no surprise that the League programme was once again reduced to a handful of games as this dreadful rain-soaked season reached its half-way mark.

When the nearest Test match ground, with all its sophisticated mopping-up equipment and newly installed drainage system struggled with the persistent downpours, it is understandable that Club grounds faced similar difficulties.

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Another Premier League washout

So credit to the groundsmen and members of those Clubs where games started within 24 hours of the end of several substantial storms.

In the Premier Division, Kidderminster Victoria started against Leamington Spa, at 12.30pm in a match restricted to 46 overs per side but the other five matches were abandoned without a ball being bowled.

After two overs, with Leamington on nine without loss, play was suspended, due to rain until 4.05 pm. On resumption, Alex Phillips (50) and Mark Best (42) put on 69 for the first wicket before Lee Hopkins (39 not out), Paul Best (26 not out) and Tom Lewis (25) took the score to 202 for four at the close of the innings at which point the Umpires called a halt.

Skipper Jonathan Wright took 2-44 for Kiddi, who picked up a bowling point. Although Leamington earned three batting points, the positions in the table remain unchanged from last week.