Stanley Park pour-down is a kick in googlies for Blackpool cricket fans

Blackpool cricket fans enjoyed what little action they got as Lancashire hosted Warwickshire at Stanley Park
Blackpool cricket fans enjoyed what little action they got as Lancashire hosted Warwickshire at Stanley Park

The great British weather certainly made its presence felt as county cricket returned to Stanley Park.

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After a week of glorious weather up and down the land the town’s cricket fans were looking forward to Lancashire’s annual visit to Blackpool Cricket Club yesterday.

But on the one day it needed to stay dry spectators were, of course, left frustrated.

The first rain ahead of the Red Rose’s Royal London One-Day Cup clash with Warwickshire arrived shortly before the start of the day with just 34 minutes of play possible as the game ended in a no result.

Many didn’t let it damped their spirits though.

It was a big day for youngsters from Moor Park Primary School who formed a guard of honour for the players at the start of the day.

“It’s a really good day for the kids, they’ve been very excited,” said class teacher Claire Baker.

“They’ve been really looking forward to seeing some professional cricket up close.

“The children are from the cricket club I run on a Monday.

“It’s typical really. We’ve had great weather and it’s supposed to be glorious tomorrow as well!”

Cricket fan Michael Bonage from Bamber Bridge was taking in his first Lancashire game of the season.

“We’ve had great weather leading up to today and then we turned up to find it was overcast,” he said.

“It’s fantastic for clubs like this to get county games.

“I didn’t think there would be as many people here as there are but it’s great for Blackpool and people around Blackpool to experience this.

“The weather’s frustrating but it waters the flowers and it’s part of life!”

Arthur and Cynthia Gifford from Cleveleys had a spot on the front row and certainly tried to look on the brightside.

“We went to England against the West Indies at Manchester last year and that day it didn’t start until two o’clock,” Cynthia said.

“The weather’s been gorgeous and we’ve been very lucky recently.

“Today we’ll just have to have a picnic instead!”