THE entire ECB Yorkshire Premier League North programme was wiped out on Saturday as a deluge followed the record-breaking midweek heatwave.

Persistent rain from early morning and the promise of more to come led to all six matches being called off, the vast majority well before their scheduled start time of noon.

It brings to 22 the number of matches lost to the weather this season - more than the previous two added together (10 each in both 2017 and 2018), and two more will make it the wettest recorded in competition history.

The rain leaves Woodhouse Grange with a seven-point advantage over nearest rivals Sheriff Hutton Bridge.

All eyes will be on Moor Farm in a fortnight when the pair meet in a match which could well go a long way towards deciding the destination of the title.

On the same day at Low Catton Road, Stamford Bridge entertain defending champions York.

Both sides currently occupy a place in the top four but are reliant on results elsewhere if either is to mount a challenge for the crown, even more so after the match up between Woodhouse Grange and Stamford Bridge was one of this week’s rained off games.

For two sides involved in the relegation battle, it is next week that looms large with Harrogate travelling to Sessay, the loser at Oval View set to join Beverley Town in the bottom two.

Meanwhile, in failing to complete their latest match, Yorkshire Academy set a new unwanted record of six cancelled or abandoned games in a single season.

With almost the third of 2019 still to run, only an extreme optimist would back against that number increasing given the erratic nature of the summer.