July 12, 2012

English cricket

Has this cricket season been a complete wash-out?

George Binoy

In the Telegraph, Scyld Berry wonders if there has ever been a cricket season so badly affected by the rain ...

... I reckon it could be the worst summer since 1958. The New Zealanders toured then, and they lost 174 playing hours, or 29 days, or one whole month, to rain. Lancashire in 1958 lost almost as many hours and days. Only four batsmen in the whole country scored more than three first-class centuries. Total attendances for the season fell by half a million. Many counties depended for survival on football pools run by their supporters’ organisations.

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