24th Jan, 2020

Frustrating weekend for Barnt Green skipper Sutton

Craig Gibbons 2nd May, 2018 Updated: 2nd May, 2018

IT was a weekend to forget for Barnt Green skipper Andrew Sutton as frustrations boiled over due to the lack of cricket played.

The Green made the trip to West Bromwich Dartmouth last Saturday for their opening Birmingham League Premier Division fixture but it was abandoned due to rain with the visitors at 29-1.

But Sutton felt more could have been done to get more cricket from the day after a bright spell around 3.30pm.

Unfortunately for him any prospects of play were quickly dashed and those frustrations carried into Sunday when their National Knock-out Trophy clash at Nottinghamshire side Wollaton was called off at the very last minute.

“On Saturday it just felt to me that nobody wanted to play a game of cricket,” said Sutton.

“It was frustrating for us because we were very eager to play and there seemed to be too much weighing up from umpires and the opposition in my opinion.

“Admittedly the game might have been abandoned around 4.45pm as there was a huge deluge but there was definitely a chance to get some overs under our belts.

“And then on Sunday with us having to travel to so far away we needed to know pretty sharpish on the morning whether the game was going to be on.

“It’s quite strange as to why we were playing a team in Nottinghamshire when the opening rounds are usually against Birmingham League sides but who knows?

“Eventually it got called off which was very frustrating but it has been re-arranged for the Bank Holiday Monday.”

Sutton will be hoping for better weather on Saturday when the Green entertain reigning Birmingham League champions Knowle & Dorridge.

The skipper is expecting to name a full strength squad with his only doubt being the availability of Warwickshire’s Matt Lamb.

“We are excited for the test as K&D are a very good side,” said Sutton.

“In my ten years in the Birmingham League I don’t think I have ever come up against a poor K&D team.

“They have recruited well and there is a good, fierce rivalry between us so hopefully we can get a good wicket prepared for what will be a good game.”


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