11:29am Thursday 19th September 2013
STOURBRIDGE’S Birmingham League Division Two campaign closed on a damp squib when their contest with Fordhouses was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
Skipper Richard Bradley said: “The covers weren’t sufficient to keep the pitch dry. Once we saw the state of the pitch, there was a risk that someone could get injured, so the game was called off at 1pm.
“In truth, it could have been called off at 11am because there was never any chance of playing.”
The outcome meant Stourbridge finished the season in fourth place.
Bradley said: “At the outset, we’d have been quite happy to finish in that position, but we’ve not performed to our maximum.
“Oswestry were worthy winners, but on ability, we could have got second place and promotion, especially as we beat both Harborne and Old Elizabethans, the two clubs ahead of us.
“The trouble is, we’ve had too many bad days and we need to show more consistency.”
Stourbridge must now wait and see whether their West Indies overseas player Audy Alexander will be available for next season.
The St Lucia player will be pressing his claims for first class status with the Windward Islands this winter.
Bradley added: “We probably won’t know until Christmas. Audy’s proved a very popular and capable player.”
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