Carlton Victorious After More Mannofield Issues

Carlton’s cricketers were celebrating after being crowned Eastern Premier League champions on Saturday.

Their match against Aberdeenshire at Mannofield fell victim to the weather, but the Edinburgh side have done enough in the rest of their campaign to be worthy title winners.

Carlton made the journey up to the Granite City, but as happened with Grange a few weeks ago at the same venue, their labours were in vain.

Once again, all the efforts of the Shire groundsman, Kenny McCurdie, were unable to prevent the elements from dashing any hopes of cricket.

McCurdie has no illusions about the need to invest in new drainage after his club were only able to complete two home league games all season.

He said: “We’re putting a work programme in place to improve our drainage and put in additional drains in the outfield to ensure the ground can cope better if this occurs again.

“It would be very easy to say that what happened in May, June and July was freak weather and won’t happen again, but that is the wrong way to approach this, in my view.

“We’re going to have wetter winters and heavier deluges in the summer and we have to put measures in place  to ensure the ground can take the strain in the future.

“If this is climate change kicking in, we have to be proactive.”

The problems at Mannofield have exacerbated a miserable season for the north east’s leading clubs. Shire are in transition and made little impression in any of the main competitions, except in T20.

Stoneywood-Dyce fared even worse and have lost all 14 matches this term in slipping to relegation.

It adds up to a dismal campaign and things can only get better in 2017!

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