'Significant disruptions' expected to club cricket after latest rainfall

'Significant disruptions' are set to hit Christchurch club cricket on Saturday.
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'Significant disruptions' are set to hit Christchurch club cricket on Saturday.

Some Christchurch club cricketers might have to wait another week before rolling their arm over or feeling leather on willow. 

Persistent rain between last Friday night and Wednesday morning has already resulted in all youth cricket being canned on Saturday, a week after the opening round was entirely washed out. 

Despite fine weather on Thursday, and a fine day forecast on Friday, Christchurch Metro Cricket general manager Mike Harvey said "significant disruptions" could also be expected in the adult grades. 

Grounds were inspected on Thursday, revealing "very, very wet" grounds, highlighted by surface flooding to outfields and the all-important bowlers' run-ups. 

Harvey said fields would again be inspected on Friday, before deciding what grades would go ahead and whether or not to move games from certain grounds.

If required, Harvey said 24 grounds with artificial pitches were available to transfer games to. 

A decision to cancel all youth cricket was made on Wednesday, with the wet weather not allowing secondary school staff sufficient time to prepare the grass wickets. 

As usual, men's and women's premier grades will be prioritised on Saturday. 

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