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Rain record set to be broken

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The dismally cold and wet weather continued to wreak havoc with the 2012 League programme in Birmingham and the record for the number of abandoned games in a single season seems certain to be broken.

The only Premier Division match that started took place at Shrewsbury where 2011 National Club Knock-Out Champions entertained the current table toppers, Walsall.

Even at London Road, the rain played a major part in proceedings with the game halted after just one ball of the visitors’ innings after they had been invited to bat by their hosts.

After a delay of almost three hours, 47 overs were lost and on resumption, Walsall slipped to 24 for four from 15 overs, with a maximum of 63 overs to be bowled in the game.

At that point, the Walsall middle and lower order dug in to bat the 55 overs they were permitted under the Playing Conditions but another interruption resulted in the loss of 10 more overs and their only aim was to limit the number of overs that Shrewsbury would receive in return.

Skipper David Powles led the fightback with 31 before Alex McChristie hit an unbeaten 55, including eight boundaries and Walsall eventually reached 142 all out in 47.3 overs, to gain a valuable batting point.

This left Shrewsbury, who picked up four useful bowling points, with five overs to face and both Captains agreed to abandon the match. Joe Leach was the best of the home bowlers, finishing with 3-16.

The other five games were abandoned without a ball being bowled.