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Dion Stovell, of Southampton Rangers, hooks a four off Bailey's Bay's Kyle Hodsoll in the first over at Sea Breeze Oval before a heavy downpour forced the match to be abandoned the next over(Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

After comfortable wins over St George’s and St David’s on Saturday in their opening Twenty20 matches, Bailey’s Bay and Southampton Rangers had to settle for a rainout result after less than two overs were bowled at Sea Breeze Oval yesterday.

Another rain stoppage sent the teams off the field a second time just before 4pm, this time neither the groundsman nor the Bay players bothered to cover the wicket after the heavy downpour ended a promising contest.

The match was just about to get under way just after the scheduled 3pm start, with the Bay about to bowl the first over when the rain came and sent them off. When the match did get started about 45 minutes later it was reduced to 17 overs per team. Rangers were 22 without loss when the match was called off.

The abandonment was a setback for the two teams who had wins the previous day, with Bay beating St George’s by six wickets after dismissing them for just 64 and then replying with 69 for four in just 8.5 overs.

Coolirdge Durham tries to move the covers as Bailey's Bay players try to keep the wicket dry during a rain delay, which came just as the Bay players were about to bowl the first over against Southampton Rangers. The match was abandoned after less than two overs(Photograph by Lawrence Trott)