SETTLE 1st XI had yet another weekend wiped out by the weather.

So far this season they have had nearly 30% of their matches abandoned, more than any other side in the league, making it impossible to get any traction in the table.

The Marshfield men were due to face old rivals Padiham at home on Saturday in the Senior Premiership, and again on Sunday in the prestigious Hamer Cup Final, hosted by Farnworth CC.

It was a fine afternoon in Settle but the outfield was deemed too damp and a delayed start was ordered. However, a brief heavy shower put paid to the hard rescue work by players and staff.

The final next day never got off the ground despite a decent forecast, with the field described as “a bog”. The reserve date for the final tie is 10 September with the venue yet to be decided.

Settle Chairman Andrew Davidson has proposed that Settle and Padiham toss a coin for choice of venue, with monies divided three ways to compensate Farnham. It will save the repeated high cost of travel and another two and a half hours on the road to the far side of Bolton, and it is hoped common sense will prevail.

In Conference North, Settle 2nd XI also had their match abandoned, but at least managed some play. They elected to put Burnley Belvedere 1st XI in to bat, dismissing them for 110 in 33 overs. John Tarbox led the way with 3-27, while Harvey Green and Harris Dinsdale took a wicket apiece at under three runs an over. Nick Cokell claimed two wickets in as many overs to remove the tail, and was himself eleven not out when rain left the visitors on 29-3.

The seconds have a league double header this weekend taking on Padiham and Feniscowles at home, while the firsts travel to Feniscowles.