A FAULTY NTCA No. 2 wicket forced the opening Cricket North round fixture between Mowbray and reigning premier South Launceston to be abandoned after just seven deliveries yesterday.
Mowbray elected to field and looked to be a good position with paceman James Storay sending Chris Hay back to the sheds for a second-ball duck in the first over.
However, Justin Reeves slipped bowling the first ball of the second over from the Northern end and took a divot out of the pitch.
The umpires deemed it unsafe for play and called off the match, splitting the points between the two sides.
Knights skipper Sean Harris said it was a disappointing way to start the season after last week's round 1 washout.
Launceston was 1 for 2 when the pin was pulled.
RIVERSIDE defeated George Town by 14 runs away from home to start the season on a high after failing to defeat an NTCA team last season.
The Blues made 9 for 140 from their 50 overs, thanks largely to a 40-run partnership between Ramesh Sundra (27) and stand-in captain Tom Hay (17) for the fifth wicket.
Luke Badham took 4 for 19 and Jesse Warren chipped in with 2 for 12 late in Riverside's innings to limit the damage.
The loss of early wickets did not aid the Saints' effort as teenage fast bowler Gabe Bell top-scored with 24 not out before his side was bowled out for 126 in the 43rd over.
But the star of the match was Riverside pace bowler Aaron Campbell, claiming 5 for 23.
``We put a lot of effort in our preseason to make sure we were bowling and batting well,'' Hay said.
``At the start of the day we thought 130 would be a good score, so we were happy to get 140.''
Last year's runner-up, WESTBURY secured a seemingly easy seven-wicket victory over Launceston at the NTCA No. 1 ground.
Shamrocks' experienced bowler Nick Spencer removed both Launceston opening batsman for nought to have the Lions reeling at 2 for 11.
Jade Selby came and went for 10 in his 300th match for the club and Launceston never recovered after being 7 for 55. It was bowled out for a mild 81.
Westbury spinner Michael Lukic was the game's surprise performer, taking 5 for 14 from his eight overs to set his batsman a comfortable target.
Shamrocks skipper Dane Anderson (34) and Shane Stevenson (31) started convincingly by adding 69 for the second wicket following the early run-out of Wes Ripper for just two runs.
Westbury finished at 3 for 82.
``It is always good to blow a few cobwebs out in round one, especially after a delayed start,'' Anderson said.
``It was a good effort from the bowling group and there was a bit of time for some of the batters later on.
``We were disappointed we lost a couple of quick wickets after myself and Stevenson got us a good start, but chasing 80 there is not a chance for us to make a big score.''