Out for a duck or will the ducks be out?

  • Spectators use umbrellas as the rain delays play during the Third test at the Rose Bowl, Southampton. Friday June 17, 2011. Photo: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire.

    A duck shakes off the rain at Bristol Zoo Gardens, Bristol, on a rainy day. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire.

    Heavy rain stops play during the men's final of the AEGON Championships at The Queen's Club, London. Sunday June 12, 2011. Photo: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire.

  • Out for a duck or will the ducks be out?
    18.06.2011 15:10

    Wet weather makes an impact on sporting events in the UK and around the world.

    England’s final test match in the series against Sri Lanka began at the Rose Bowl, Southampton in Hampshire on Thursday 16th June, but as seems to be tradition in the English cricket season the heavens opened and rain delayed the start of the match, due to begin at 11am. Rain affected much of central and southern parts of England during the morning as a cold front swept eastwards. Once the rain cleared sunshine broke through and the pitch dried out enough for play to begin at 12.15pm, but there were further showers during the afternoon. This comes after the first test match in Cardiff was heavily delayed by rain, although the weather during the second test at Lords, London, was much better and sunshine did allow five days of play to be seen. However, there was still some wet weather around during the last few days of the match at Lords delaying procedures at times, and so as of yet none of the three test matches against Sri Lanka in this series have gone unaffected by rain.

    The third test match against Sri Lanka is the first ever England test match to be held at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, Hampshire and the rain for the few days prior to the match meant the groundsmen did not have the preparation they would have liked to get the pitch ready and there would have been moisture underneath the outfield.

    During England’s summer of cricket there will be a one day international against Sri Lanka and India as well as a test series against India and so cricket fans will be hoping that the rain stays away, but with the British weather nothing is certain, and so fans are probably advised to start doing their anti-rain dances now and pray for some dry and sunny weather through the rest of June, July and August.

    This delay in the cricket comes after the men’s final at the Queen's Club in London between Murray and Tsonga was delayed. The match was meant to be held on Sunday 12th June but was delayed until Monday 13th as heavy rain fell across the London area throughout the whole of Sunday.

    However, it is not only in the UK that sporting events are delayed or cancelled due to the weather. The spectators and drivers alike saw the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Canada on Sunday 12th June seriously delayed by heavy rain. The rain meant that the race was started behind the safety car and it wasn’t long before the spray on the track lead to drivers running into each other; including teammates Button and Hamilton. The heavy rain and extensive spray on the track lead to such poor visibility that the race was red flagged and stopped midway through the race and did not restart until at least an hour and half later. The rain did then hold off throughout the rest of the race and the race was finished, albeit hours later than expected.

    The final test match in the England versus Sri Lanka series continues until Monday 20th June and with showers and longer spells of rain forecast, disruption in play seems likely, but you can keep up to date on the latest rainfall in the Southampton area as well as elsewhere across the UK at www.raintoday.co.uk.

    By: Gemma Plumb