Ballymena game abandoned

Lurgan and Ballymena will have to replay their crunch Ulster Bank Section 1 gamed after a deluge at the Eaton Park ground forced the umpires into abandoning the game on Saturday.

Lurgan had set the home side a target of 150 to win on a wicket where the ball was not coming through on to the bat and had a tendency to keep low. Niranjan Godbole top scored with 32 and Peter Maxwell 21. There had already been three interruptions for rain in the Ballymena innings when a deluge flooded the square and part of the outfield with the home side in a strong position on 69 for 1 wkt after 17 overs. A valiant effort by Ballymena to dry out the ground proved to no avail as the umpires ruled the wicket unsafe for play to resume.

The state of the wicket at Ballymena after the deluge on Saturday

The state of the wicket at Ballymena after the deluge on Saturday