It has been an amazing last two days for junior cricket this week. The previously postponed Under 13 finals took place yesterday and for once bad weather was not the problem. The game was into the finals stage when there was an accident outside the Hetton Lyons ground who were hosting the final. Very soon the Air Ambulance helicopter could be seen circling the ground and it became apparent that it was wanting to land in the ground. The umpires quickly ushered all the young players off the field and into the pavilion and a landing was made. The lady was then stretchered into the helicopter and the game re-started. A young player then got injured but thankfully after some attention, play resumed.
Well into the last innings in the final the sun, which was very strong and travelling West, was directly behind the bowlers arm so that both the batsman and some fielders were unable to see. Play was again suspended for twenty minutes. A happy ending however when the game was completed without further delays and South Shields were the eventful winners.
This morning Sunderland were to host their group Under 15 final against Tudhoe. The home club were unaware that there was to be a wedding on the ground and players arrived to see a large marquee being erected so the game was cancelled. I t was suggested that the game could be played within the marquee until the bride and groom arrived but not met with any degree of acceptance by the management When this game can now be played in uncertain as this was the third time of asking to get this game played.
NEPL Umpires Coordinator