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Statistics reveal huge extent of county rain disruption
By Andrew Hignell
The 2012 season could prove to be one of the dampest of recent times if the level of weather disruption experienced across the country during the past few days continues when the LV=County Championship resumes in mid-July after the zonal rounds of the Friends Life t20 competition.
Significant amounts of disruption have taken place to the latest round of Championship matches, and the net result, as the table below shows, is that EVERY county except for Middlesex and Nottinghamshire have already - in just half the season - surpassed the total amount of time lost in the entire season last year.
Number of hours lost to the weather in LVCC games the first half of 2012:
Number of hours lost to the weather in all LVCC games in 2011:
In recent years, the wettest summer was 2007 when Worcestershire lost a total of 124.25 hours of play in four-day cricket with their headquarters at New Road flooded for several weeks and matches being transferred to other grounds within the county as well as at “neutral” venues in other counties. During the season, Worcestershire lost a total of thirteen entire days when not a single ball was bowled, while Leicestershire, Lancashire and Glamorgan all suffered 10 complete washouts.
Worcestershire’s total was certainly a freak high, and as the list below shows, there have been a dozen occasions during the past fifteen years when counties have lost over 100 hours play in Championship cricket
124.25 Worcestershire 2007
105.75 Hampshire 2007
105.25 Glamorgan 2008
104.75 Leicestershire 2004
104.25 Leicestershire 2007
104 Yorkshire 2004
103.5 Glamorgan 2001
103 Derbyshire 2000
102.75 Somerset 2000
102.50 Surrey 2008
101.50 Warwickshire 2000
100.25 Lancashire 2001
However, with sizeable amounts of play already lost in 2012, it looks as if this list could be significantly added to by September if the inclement weather continues and there are further oscillations to the jet streams causing a series of rain-bearing depressions to cross the country. As the table below shows, five counties – Durham, Essex, Hampshire, Northants and Yorkshire - have already, in just half a season, surpassed their average annual amount of weather disruption during the past fifteen years.
Average number of hours lost to the weather in LVCC games 1997-2011:
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