Ireland and Scotland will be hoping that the weather in county Tyrone will hold up over the weekend, so that they can complete the second T20 fixture between them on Saturday, having been washed out on Friday, and then play the third of the three scheduled matches at Bready on Sunday.
However, the forecast isn’t good for that part of the world, and having waited 10 years for a return of international cricket to the North West of Ireland, it seems likely that the teams and supporters are going to be left bitterly disappointed.
The three match series was due to have played an important part of the preparation for both countries, as they build towards the qualifying tournament for the World T20 Tournament, which starts in Edinburgh in early July.
Two of Ireland’s three international fixtures this Summer, have now been abandoned, with their 50-over match against England at Malahide, having been the victim of the weather as well.
Ireland looked to have the first match sown up, having posted 146-5, and then reduced the visitors to 94-4, with Tyrone Kane, the Merrion all-rounder, claiming three wickets in his first five deliveries in international cricket.
But with 60 off of 33 balls by Matthew Cross, the Scots were able to keep up with the required run rate, and Craig Wallace with 26 and Richie Berrington who scored 24, were able to see them home, at 150-4 off of 16.1 overs.
If the weather relents, Ireland will be stronger for Sunday’s encounter, with the inclusion of George Dockrell, Andrew Balbirnie and Alex Cusack, from the team beaten on Thursday, which was Ireland’s first international T20 match since they were beaten by Holland at the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, which was over a year ago.