Clubs take the financial hit amid dire weather

19/5/12   SPORT''Sarisbury Athletic V Andover cricket action. Pictured is Sarisbury batsmen Jack Lovett and Pete Hammond (wearing the helmet)''Picture: Paul Jacobs (121750-6)

19/5/12 SPORT''Sarisbury Athletic V Andover cricket action. Pictured is Sarisbury batsmen Jack Lovett and Pete Hammond (wearing the helmet)''Picture: Paul Jacobs (121750-6)

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Sarisbury Athletic are among a host of clubs counting the cost of the decimated cricket season as skipper David Banks admitted: I don’t know how we will make up the shortfall.

With so many matches called off, many clubs around the region have lost huge revenue this term.

Player subs have gone uncollected and bar takings are just a fraction of their usual amount.

Athletic are due to host Paultons in division two tomorrow.

But Banks is pessimistic about seeing any action once again with yet more miserable weather around.

It’s nothing new and has begun to take its toll.

Banks said: ‘We were supposed to have a cricket week this week and every game has been called off.

‘It doesn’t look great again this weekend.

‘It’s been a massive hit on the club finances.

‘I think every club has lost loads of money this season.

‘Our main source of income is through the bar.

‘We have six Saturday sides and when we play, all the teams come back to the bar.

‘I don’t know how you can recover from it.

‘The club arranged a couple of darts nights and a few things to watch the Euros.

‘But it’s not the same as having a cricket match on with spectators and players.

‘We just have to hope it will turn for the final few weeks of the season.

‘Maybe a few of us will have to make sure we drink double the amount we would normally to make up for it when we do actually play again!’

Sarisbury are also scheduled to travel to Alton in the fourth round of the Southern Electric Premier League t20 Cup on Sunday (4pm).

But the competition looks set for yet another delay.

Some have suggested a Boxing Day final at the Ageas Bowl looks the most likely with so many games postponed.

Should Sarisbury somehow beat the weather, Pete Hammond will return to the side tomorrow.

Simon Orr will replace Dan Goldstraw on Sunday.

SARISBURY: Archie Norris, Ricky Rawlins, Pete Hammond, Matt Journeaux, Adam Sharp, David Banks, Dan Goldstraw, Fraser Moon, James Ingram, Phil Jewell, Lewis Michard

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