Despite two days of sunshine and dry weather, the damage done to the pitch by Friday night's rain proved too much, and play was officially called off at 2.10 pm.

The lack of adequate covering, and the complete absence of any suitable drying equipment, meant that no play took place, despite the overhead conditions being at their best at any time during the four days.

It was all very frustrating particularly for Ireland, who had bowled themselves back into contention and, with Scotland having a 115 run lead with 6 wickets remaining, the game was nicely balanced.

Scotland, by virtue of having gained 6 points for leading on first innings, were clearly the happier of the two at the abandonment of the game, but coach Peter Drinnen indicated that he would have liked to see how his side would have responded to the pressure which the Irish had applied.

There's no doubting that for the future staging of first class games, proper covering and drying equipment should be a pre-requisite. Indeed, both Stormont and Clontarf have recently acquired motorised "Super Soppers", while here there was absolutley nothing and recently at Ayr, a lump of sponge was the best they could offer.

While Aberdeen may have been more spectator friendly than Ayr, still there were no PA announcements through the course of the game, which meant a complete lack of information for the viewing public.

It's clear that despite the high profile nature of these games, a complete lack of investment in the competition is in danger of reducing it to a mere farce in such situations. A prospectively great game of cricket was ruined, and two days were wasted.

In what was a difficult fixture to officiate, the match officials came under extreme pressure from both teams, but their crucial decision to come off for light on the Friday night was clearly a major error. The light at that point was better than at various stages of the Irish innings, but incredibly, they weren't in possession of a light meter - that further angered the Irish, who were really on fire at that point.