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Cricket abandoned due to rain

THE disastrous start to the cricketing summer has been confirmed, with Coffs Harbour District’s opening first grade round abandoned.

Second grade matches are also off but some third grade clashes are still some hope, although more rain is tipped today and tomorrow.

The latest news comes on top of the junior association pushing its start back by seven days and reducing the Christmas break by one week.

Only fourth grade matches won’t be affected, with the first round not scheduled to start until Saturday, October 23.

Cricket isn’t the only sport under threat, with Ballina racing officials dreading the thought of a major downpour leading to another cancellation.

“In the next day or two, 50 to 100 millimetres of rain will fall over a large area of Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Central Australia, which will lead to flooding, with some areas receiving more than 100mm,” Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke said.

“For a large area the coming rain will be the heaviest seen in more than six months and the biggest for October in five to 10 years.

“Some will receive the biggest October rain in more than 30 years.”