CRICKET REVIEW: Academy’s Cup clash abandoned

Cricket update.
Cricket update.

Persistent rain at Castle Grounds resulted in Academy’s National Cup clash with Newbuildings being abandoned on Saturday afternoon.

That means than Matthew Palmer’s lads forfeit ground advantage this weekend when they travel north on Sunday to complete the first-round tie.

Play started on schedule in cloudy conditions with rain threatening, and when it arrived Academy had advanced to 72 for 2 in 20 overs.

Andrew Magee departed in the third over without scoring, and when Bradley Barry was dismissed for 21, the score had advanced to 67 for 2.

Mark Shields (0 not-out) and Francis Collins (38 not-out) were batting confidently with the score 72 for 2 when rain stopped play.

Tea was taken early but with no sign of the weather relenting the umpires had little option to declaring play abandoned for the day.

“This was a very disappointing outcome,” Palmer said. “With 72 on the board we were progressing nicely, but the weather deteriorated and we hung around until 4:30pm, when the umpires called it a day.

The 2nd XI started their Junior 2 fixture against Carrick II, but it also was abandoned because of rain.