Bute County Cricket Club play their last matches of 2012 this weekend - and despite a successful campaign in the WDCU Championship, the abiding memory of the season for the island club will be the number of matches which fell victim to the rain.
Bute’s final league match of the season is away to Motherwell on Saturday, with a friendly match at home to a team from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh on Sunday set to provide the last action of the year for the local side.
The latest weather-related disappointment for Bute came last Saturday when a series of increasingly heavy showers forced the abandonment of the club’s last home league fixture, against Kingholm - although with the home side on 86 for eight by the time the rain brought an early end to proceedings, with no points and no result for either side, perhaps this was one occasion when Bute might not have been too upset at the intervention of the elements.
With just this Saturday’s game against Motherwell to play, Bute lie in second place in the WDCU Championship table, with 91 points from 17 games - although eight of those 17 matches were abandoned (click on the link to the right of this article to see the league table in full).
Sadly the top of the Championship is as far as Bute are likely to progress for the foreseeable future - the club’s home ground in Rothesay does not fulfil all the criteria needed to play at Premiership level - but aside from the rain, the team’s league form in 2012, and the emergence of some promising new youngsters, suggests a bright future for cricket on the island.