Flooding on the outfield at Newark R&M
Flooding on the outfield at Newark R&M

The final preparations for the cricket season at Newark R&M were dealt a major blow when the River Trent burst its banks and flooded the outfield.

Their first match was due to take place on April 28, but the ground could be out of action in the opening weeks after it was overwhelmed by floodwater.

Second-team captain George Squires (pictured) was forced to use an unconventional method to check the state of the wicket.

“I had to take the rubber dinghy out on there. You never know when you will get that chance again,” he said.

“The wicket was about two or three feet under water when I was there, although it is flowing through the field which is a positive sign.

“I reckon it is going to be two months before we can play matches on it. We will have to wait and see what it is like when the water has gone.

“I have only seen it like that once, in 2010. It is very rare to have the whole outfield submerged.”

Volunteers acted quickly to move the majority of the water after a few days, saving vital equipment.