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Called off: The opening round of the final series of the Macleay Valley Cricket Association was cancelled due to the weather conditions. Photo: Penny Tamblyn.

Called off: The opening round of the final series of the Macleay Valley Cricket Association was cancelled due to the weather conditions. Photo: Penny Tamblyn.

Torrential rain forced the Macleay Valley Cricket Association to suffer another setback this season, with the cancellation of matches for the opening round of the finals series. 

First grade originally had a slow start, with two teams withdrawing from the competition in the opening round.

Frederickton saved the top grade by volunteering to be promoted.

“It has just been one of those years,” president of the Macleay Valley Cricket Association Matthew Brennan said.

The executive decision was made on Friday evening to cancel the matches.

“The forecasted weather and the field conditions at the time left us with no choice but to can the round,” Brennan said.

“The council had already closed the fields and there ended up being heavy rain on Saturday and Sunday so there was no chance of the matches happening.”

The rain will leave clubs disappointed, as the rules stipulate the top sides will automatically progress, resulting in the lower ranked sides being eliminated or entering an elimination match.

In the first grade competition, Rovers finished as minor premiers and were set to play Nulla in the grand final qualifier. Rovers will be handed the victory and will advance through to the grand final.

Kempsey Heights finished in third place on the ladder and will progress to face Nulla this weekend, with Frederickton suffering elimination.

It is a cruel blow for Frederickton, who won their first match in the top grade in the final round of the regular season.

The winner of Kempsey Heights and Nulla will face Rovers in the grand final in a fortnights time.

The second and third grade competitions are treated the same, with the top side being credited with the victory and the lower ranked teams handed a loss.

Stuarts Point/Eungai reach the grand final in second grade, with Rovers Burns & Roswell to face Nulla 1 while South West Rocks are eliminated.

Meanwhile Rovers Indoor Sports advances to the decider in third grade and wait to face the winner of Rovers MVVS and Kempsey Heights 2 and Nulla Lewthwaite suffered the elimination.

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