Friday 6 July 2007 

Lancashire Through After Final Match Abandoned

Unfortunately this evening’s Twenty20 Cup match between Lancashire Lightning and Leicestershire Foxes at Old Trafford has been abandoned due to persistent heavy rain.

Lancashire Chief Executive Jim Cumbes says; “It’s unfortunate that the weather has affected yet another Twenty20 Cup fixture. The Old Trafford Ground has suffered heavy rain for the past four days and is completely waterlogged. Today’s match was an important game for both Club’s, but particularly Leicestershire who could’ve made the Quarter Finals with a win this evening. Leicestershire decided they wanted to come to the Ground to assess the situation themselves, but after consultation with the Match Officials the fixture was abandoned due to the unplayable conditions.”

Match Official John Holder, who has been at Old Trafford since 11am said; “I’ve been at the Ground for the past 5 hours and after the continued efforts of the ground staff to make the outfield playable, there was been no significant changes. We (the umpires) couldn’t see anyway that conditions would improve in the coming hours and made the decision to abandon the match with the safety of the players in mind.”

Although both Clubs are very disappointed not to be playing this match, they agree that the right decision has been made for everyone involved, particularly the Spectators.

This is now the fourth No Result match Lancashire Lightning have had during this year’s Twenty20 Cup, and although a point secures the Lightning a Quarter Finals place, it’s certainly not an ideal preparation.

© Lancashire CCC