North West programme is wiped out by bad weather

Umpires call a halt to Saturday's game at Bready
Umpires call a halt to Saturday's game at Bready

Joint North West Premiership leaders Strabane were in a powerful position against Eglinton before the match was abandoned on Saturday.

Kevin Martin, the opening batsman, was unbeaten on 80 as Strabane reached 154 for three in the 30th over.

Johnny Robinson was not out at the other end on 33 but despite the best efforts of players and officials, the game was called off.

Just 20 overs were possible at Sandel Lodge where Ardmore recovered from a perilous 17 for three. Andrew Riddles (36 no) and captain Adrian Murphy (27 no) had added 67 unbroken runs for the fourth wicket to take the visitors to 84 for three.

Jarred Barnes, the Coleraine seamer, had earlier taken three for 28 in his seven overs but the league champions were frustrated once again as they attempted to make up ground on the front-runners.

Five overs were played at Magheramason with Donemana on 29 without loss, while at Beechgrove Fox Lodge were five without loss after two overs when play was finally abandoned.

Every game was washed out in the Championship as well as the North West bore the brunt of yet another miserable day of weather.