CLIFTON'S cricketers were left cursing their luck again at the weekend as theirs was the only game in County League Division One to fall victim to the weather.
It was also one of only two in the whole league.
Clifton were due to make the long trip to Staveley Welfare, near Chesterfield, but were warned early in the week that a good chunk of Staveley's ground was under water.
Staveley hoped to be able to play with reduced boundaries but further rain towards the end of the week put paid to that plan.
It means, including the home game against Quarndon, which was aborted with only 20 overs bowled, that Clifton have been unable to play four of their nine fixtures so far, leaving them sitting below halfway with only their opening day win to show for their efforts.
"When everyone else is off, it's not quite so bad, as you don't lose any ground," said Clifton captain Matt Wilson.
"But when you're the only ones not playing and it's a nice day, it's especially frustrating.
"We've only played two games in six weeks and I've missed one of those, so it's a month since I've played.
"We're probably training better than we have in the last three or four years but we need to get out on the pitch and put it into practice.
"We've had a couple of poor performances but we know that it would only take a couple of wins to get us back into contention – we just need the chance to get out there."
Weather permitting, Clifton are at home to Ilkeston Rutland on Saturday.
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