A NUMBER of teams played their first action of the Derwent Valley League season at the weekend, after a disastrous start to the campaign.
League secretary Bernard Goulding has called this the dampest start to a season, with some sides yet to sample action due to the weather.
Goulding said: “This is without doubt the worst start to a cricket season that I have known in 35 years as secretary of both the Derwent Valley and Evening Leagues.
“Many teams have not played any cricket at all.”
Muston were one side to play their first match of the term, as they beat Sherburn 2nds by 35 runs in division A.
Sherburn looked to be handily placed at the half-way stage as Muston struggled their way to 118.
Steve Pratt was the batting star as he recorded 30, while George Worthy (3-12) and Nick Dobson (4-29) kept the line-up in check.
Martin Marflitt will have been left feeling pretty hard done by, as his 42 was more than half of the Sherburn reply.
The reason for this was the bowling of Gary Hanson (4-13) and James Tadman (3-5), who brought things to a swift conclusion on 83.
Heslerton 2nds rose up to third in the table after a tight win by 18 runs against Ebberston 2nds.
John Wharton led the way for Heslerton with a knock of 70, John Howden helped the cause with 25, while Eddie Swiers’ 4-29 and Sam Hardie’s 3-38 gave Ebberston hope.
Jon Metcalfe continued to inspire the Ebberston set-up with a tally of 62, but Mark Dring (3-48) and Matthew Webster (4-28) rained on their parade.