CRICKET: Water nightmare for Hole

Groundsman Les Hole was defeated by the rain at Freeland’s ground on Saturday

Groundsman Les Hole was defeated by the rain at Freeland’s ground on Saturday

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LES Hole says the rain is making this the toughest season of his ten as Freeland CC groundsman.

Hole could do little but don his wellies on Satuday as Freeland saw their OCA Division 2 match at home to Oxford Caribbean abandoned without a ball being bowled.

“It is just a nightmare. I have never known it this bad,” said Hole, whose sons Simon and Stuart play for Shipton-under-Wychwood and Oxford respectively.

“We have only finished two games at home all season.

“I have never seen water all that way across the field.

“The trouble is every time we have a bit of rain, it brings the water up again.

“We have already got very little chance of playing this weekend.”

Torrential rain on Saturday saw all league cricket curtailed across Oxfordshire.

Hole said: “It had been very damp all week anyway, but I did manage to get an under 15 girls game in on Thursday.

“I had to bring in the boundaries so they could play around the puddles.”

He added: “It makes it a bit easier for me because I can’t get on to the pitch to do any work!

“I don’t know what we can do about it. Maybe we should play through the winter.

“I think we need lods of super soakers – that is the only option!”

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