Cricket: HEAVY rain forced Manderston Cricket Club’S match against Langholm to be abandoned on Sunday.
Initially the state of the ground was passable at best. Manderston lost a crucial toss and were inserted on a soft pitch but the opening pair of Sam and Ben Culham put on a decent partnership that came at a quick rate. When the two openers eventually succumbed to tight bowling the rest of the batsman found it difficult to score. As the late order looked to surge it was left to James Conington who was instrumental in getting the score to a passable 124.
By the time Manderston took to the field the early day’s sun had disappeared and had been followed by low cloud and light rain. The Conington twins took the new ball and found immediate success removing both openers. It was through tight and clever bowling that Manderston had Langholm reeling at 30 for 4. By this stage the rain had become heavier and bowling more difficult and dangerous. Whilst the teams attempted to push on the batsmen took advantage of the poor conditions. At 76 for 4 it was apparent that the conditions were simply far too dangerous and the players went off. After an inspection half an hour later it was agreed to abandon an otherwise fascinatingly poised game.