A brilliant day greeted the two teams but a viscious southerly storm abruptly halted proceedings in the Umpires Cup final.

Lansdowne were in the throes of a magnificent fightback when the storm struck just a few overs short of Duckworth Lewis fantasy.

Batting first they had lost all their rep stars for just 21 and were soon 60 – 5 before Robbie Spiers and Alex Treseder staged a wonderful couter- attack.

They added 72 before Spiers holed out and swung the game back to Red Star. Treseder showed admirable maturity in  holding the side together and maintaining an impressive strike rate of 59 throughout. Lansdowne did well to survive all but 2 of their allocated balls and post a challenging total of 175.

“Mr reliable” Jared Watt returned his normal four wickets and he was ably supported by Sean Jarvis who backed up his excellent spell in the semi- final from the day before with another 3 wickets.

Experience counted for plenty as Pete Sigvertsen and Aaron Wilson contributed 16 overs between them at less than 3 per over.

It was always going to be all about “Toddy”. The rep skipper followed on from his 2-31 with a stabilising innings after Lansdowne had secured the openers inside 13 overs for 44. He was threatening on 16 not out when the whole game suddenly got really cold.

Both sides “decided that they would have won” over a beer.

We all return tomorrow for a full replay. The forecast is surprisingly good.”