Cricket can be a cruel game and so can Mother Nature. Yesterday at Belmont both conspired to prevent an enthralling clash reach a natural climax.

CIYMS had been set a target of 214 off 46 overs and were 173-3 after 40.2 when the heavens opened once more.

With time running out the umpires decided that no further play was possible, the ultimate irony being that a double rainbow appeared over the ground, it certainly proved to be the pot of gold for CIYMS.

Even had they managed to take the field again the home side would have needed 3 runs off 4 balls. The CI reply was dominated by a masterful display from Chris Dougherty, backing up his 3 catches with 93 not out.

Dougherty in company with fellow North Westerner Ryan Hunter added 127 for the second wicket leaving CI well in control. There promised to be a few nervy moments as Hunter was caught in the deep by Kashyap of the bowling of Simi Singh and on the same score Jason van der Merwe was caught and bowled by Harry Tector.

Earlier in the afternoon YMCA seemed destined for a big total going at 5 an over for the first 30. Arguably the momentum was slowed by two farcical run outs both with two batsmen at the same end.

First it was Jack Tector run out for 31 by Matt McGillivray and then Simi Singh who batted superbly for his 66 off 64 balls with 7x4’s and 1x6. The remainder of the innings stuttered as Nigel Jones with 3-31 and Jacob Mulder 3-44 exerted control.

Over at Comber the North Down renaissance continued despite a magnificent unbeaten 109 for Reinhardt Strydom in a match reduced to 43 overs by the rain.

Danny Graham (47) and Ruhan Pretorius added 105 for the 3rd wicket after the early loss of Nathan Burns and Ally Shields. Pretorius struck 12 fours in an unbeaten 91 before the weather brought an early close with the home team 9 ahead on DLS.

At Shaw’s Bridge Instonians secured a third success for the NCU with a comprehensive victory against Brigade. It was a question of take your pick for man of the match here. Andrew White finished unbeaten on 86 from 91 balls adding 113 with Nikolai Smith (53)

As Brigade were dismissed for 107 Robert McKinley took 5-7 and two catches.

At Wallace Park Lisburn lost to Balbriggan by 5 wickets whilst in Dublin Merrion defeated Muckamore by 64 runs both on DLS whilst Waringstown’s fixture against Coleraine was abandoned.