It never rains but it pours for Dempsey’s Larne CC

Chris Dempsey of Larne Cricket Club. INLT 42-805-CON
Chris Dempsey of Larne Cricket Club. INLT 42-805-CON
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Larne captain Chris Dempsey admits the recent poor weather conditions have left his side more than a little frustrated, writes John Gillespie.

The Sandy Bay men have played just one match since the season began a month ago - and that was a six-wicket home defeat to Holywood in NCU Section 2.

Since then, fixtures against Drumaness, Dundrum and Victoria have all been put on the back-burner. But, if the elements play ball this week, Larne will now have a glut of games to contend with.

They are scheduled to host BISC on Saturday before the visit of Drumaness on Sunday. Then there’s the a Twenty20 Shield first-round match against Donaghadee on Tuesday evening, and a midweek league match 24 hours later.

“We haven’t been able to train because of the weather and there are a lot of boys who are frustrated,” said Dempsey. “They just want to play cricket and we can’t get a game at the minute.

“Because of the rain, our ground has been soaking and we haven’t been able to practise. We have been trying to get down (to Sandy Bay) and do a bit of fielding but we haven’t been able to get that much done.

“It looks like it’s going to be hectic for us next week with four matches in five days and the games are coming thick and fast.”

On the prospect of BISC this Saturday, Dempsey said: “We played them a few years ago. I think they beat us and then we beat them. They’re the same as us this year; I don’t think they have played very much cricket. We’ll just have to see how we go. We have a pretty good team for Saturday.”