Weather played a spoilsport on the final day of the latest round of the County Championship as rain prevented any play happening in the games at Chester-le-Street, Manchester and Derby.
Elsewhere, Yorkshire made a sporting declaration pushing for a crucial win but eventually weather conditions forced a draw. The game between Middlesex and Birmingham also was drawn with the weather eating into a major part of the day’s play.
The start of play was delayed due to rain, which continued to pour down steadily. An early lunch was taken but the outlook was gloomy. Eventually, the fourth day’s play was abandoned due to rain, ending the game in a draw. Durham added nine points to their tally with this result while Nottinghamshire took 11 points.
Yorkshire began on their overnight score of 143 for two. Andrew Gale (19) was dismissed early in the day but Gary Ballance (72) batted well and scored a fluent fifty. Jake Lehmann (35 not out) and Tim Bresnan (27) played handy knocks as Yorkshire declared at 238 for five, setting a target of 298 runs.
Rain then delayed the start of Hampshire’s innings by almost an hour. Will Smith (4) fell in the third over but Jimmy Adams (30) and Tom Alsop (18) took the team to the 50-run mark.
With a rain threat looming large, Jack Brooks (3-24) gave Yorkshire a boost by claiming three wickets in three overs. With Hampshire’s score at 84 for four in 31.4 overs, bad light took the players off the field and eventually resulted in a draw.
With rain arriving prior to the forecast, the start on day four was delayed. The rain forced the umpires to call for an early lunch. After an inspection after lunch, with no improvement in the weather, the umpires called off the day’s play, resulting in the game to end in a draw. Both Lancashire and Somerset took 10 points each.
Steady rain at Edgbaston ensured that the first two innings of the game were washed away. In the afternoon session, Warwickshire resumed the second innings on the overnight score of 74 for three.
Six overs into the play, Chris Wright (22) was dismissed but Ian Bell (25 not out) and Sam Hain (21 not out) batted carefully. With the score at 120 for four in 50.4 overs, bad light stopped play and eventually the game was drawn. Middlesex took nine points from the game while Warwickshire snared eight points.
The start of the day’s play was delayed due to persistent rain. Rain ate into both the first and second sessions and eventually, the day’s play was called off without a ball being bowled. The game ended in a draw with Gloucestershire taking 11 points and Derbyshire claiming nine.
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