Oragnisers of the Watford Observer Fourteen14 are hoping for an upturn in the weather as this year’s knock-out cricket competitions continue to fall behind schedule.

The second round of the Shield was due to be completed by tomorrow but, as of this afternoon, only one tie had been played while two first round matches – Kings Langley v Chenies & Latimer and Rickmansworth School Staff v Watford Haidery A – had still to take place.

The situation will hopefully have improved by tomorrow because Kings Langley are hoping to get their first round tie played tonight when two second round matches are also scheduled to take place – Abbots Langley v Punjabi Panthers and Rickmansworth v Langleybury B.

There are no plans at this stage to move the dates of the semi-finals and finals of the Shield and Plate but organisers are appealing to all clubs to cooperate as fully as possible with each other when arranging matches to help try and get the competitions back on course.