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Wait over: Ballyspallen’s Graham Kennedy celebrates the first wicket

Wait over: Ballyspallen’s Graham Kennedy celebrates the first wicket

Wait over: Ballyspallen’s Graham Kennedy celebrates the first wicket

Cricket is back and if the first competitive game of the summer is a true guide then spectators will not notice any difference - once they can actually watch the action.

The wide open space of Sandel Lodge, Coleraine was the chosen venue to start the abbreviated 2020 season, the T20 Championship Group 1 game between the hosts and Ballyspallen.

Officially spectators were not allowed but if a ground has a licensed clubhouse then members and their guests can sit outside in a hospitality area, socially distanced. Coleraine had done everything by the new normal and by the time of the second innings last night there were more than 30 people enjoying live cricket.