Cricket: Bute season comes to an early end

Bute County Cricket Club's final league match of 2015, away to Galloway on August 29, was abandoned. This pic was taken during Bute's away win over Clydesdale's Bees XI on August 1. (Pic - Mike Archbold)
Bute County Cricket Club's final league match of 2015, away to Galloway on August 29, was abandoned. This pic was taken during Bute's away win over Clydesdale's Bees XI on August 1. (Pic - Mike Archbold)

Bute County Cricket Club’s season came to an early end on Saturday after their final league game of the campaign was abandoned.

The islanders’ away match against Galloway was abandoned after the Western District Cricket Union recognised the travel logistics were insurmountable.

“It is at least three hours away by minibus, and the Saturday late night ferry is no longer running, so we would have had to spend at least one night away - and with up to three members of the team being minors it was a non-starter,” explained chairman, David Mackay.

“We made considerable efforts to try to find an alternative venue which would have involved less travelling, but at this time of year many cricket pitches have been turned over to football for the winter.”

* For more Bute cricket news - including a review of an encouraging 2015 campaign - see this week’s issue of The Buteman, on sale from Thursday, September 3.