It's as you were at the top of the interprovincial table after the games between Leinster Lightning v Munster Reds and Warriors v Knights were washed out.

The Pembroke groundstaff worked wonders after a morning of heavy rain to get any play at all but although play got under way at 3.40pm, in a match reduced to 23 overs, another downpour 10 overs into the Lightning reply abandoned the match as a no-result.

There was still time for Kevin O’Brien to finally get back among the runs, a timely 38 not out from 30 balls, with four fours and two sixes, just two days before the Ireland selectors meet to choose the squad for next month’s World Cup Super League games against Netherlands.

O’Brien and Jack Tector put on 46 for the first wicket in pursuit of the Reds’ 147 for six before Tector pulled the ball onto his stumps but Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie (2 off 10 balls) was still there when the rain arrived so Lightning would have been confident of reaching their revised target of 131 in 20 overs.

Two players who are certain of their place in the Ireland squad are Barry McCarthy and Josh Little who restricted the Reds to 16 from the first five overs with Little trapping former CIYMS professional PJ Moor leg before for one and McCarthy having Gareth Delany caught at second slip for six.

Murray Commins, who can play cricket in the Republic but not Northern Ireland, was dismissed in the eighth over for nine to leave the Reds on 41 for three but skipper Tyrone Kane and Greg Ford both scored at a run a ball and Matt Ford ended the innings in a hurry, hitting four fours a six, off Simi Singh, in his 45 not out from 34 balls.

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On Friday, no play was possible at a sodden Bready, the damp squib bringing down the curtain on Boyd Rankin's 18 year representative career.

Leinster Lightning are due to face Munster Reds today at Pembroke, after The Mardyke was ruled unplayable on Thursday evening.

The defending champions will pick up the title at Eglinton on Tuesday if they win both matches.

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