RAIN has stopped play for what would have been a tasty opener to the season.

Wales National County (North) were scheduled to play Wales National County at Lisvane Cricket Club on Sunday.

However, the recent rainy weather had caused the match to be cancelled.

In a post on X, Wales National County said: “Unfortunately our much anticipated pre-season fixture against @WalesNCNorth this Sunday has fallen foul to the weather.”

Despite this setback, it still promises to be a terrific summer for the North Wales team.

Between May 26 and 28, Northop Hall Cricket Club will host a three-day match against Cardiff Met University, while the North Wales team will take on the Royal Air Force at Shifnal on June 25.

Gwersyllt Park will host the match against Leeds Beckett University on June 30, while North Wales travel to Carnforth to take on Cumbria on July 11.

Home matches with Northumberland are pencilled in for August 6 and 7, at Menai Bridge and Bangor respectively, while St Asaph will host the clash with Staffordshire on August 25.

There’s also a busy fixture schedule for the region’s U19s, starting with an away match with Shrewsbury School on April 28.

They’ll take on Staffordshire on May 7, with a game against Glamorgan Academy set to take place at Rydal Penrhos School on June 23.

The U19s will compete in the Merseyside T20 competition from July 1-3, with a match against the Pro Cricket Academy scheduled for July 24-25. After this, there’s a meeting with Middlesex Schools U18s at Colwyn Bay (August 4-5).

Reflecting on the U19s, North Wales team manager Russell Penrhyn-Jones added: “We had 30-odd trialists and broke it down to 20 for the squad. There’s real, good talent.

“North Wales cricket will undoubtedly be better off for what we’re doing. There’s a lot of U19s now going to play Premier Division cricket.”

Anyone interested in providing funding can e-mail penrhyn.jones@dhl.com for further information.