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Vitality Blast Finals Day: Frustration as rain prevented any play at Edgbaston

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Vitality Blast Finals Day brought the expected frustration for all as rain prevented any play at Edgbaston.

The unremittingly bleak weather forecast proved depressingly accurate as wave after wave of rain swept across Birmingham.

The Edgbaston groundstaff worked constantly in the deluge to prevent standing water building up on the field, but the elements won out in the end and play was abandoned for the day at 6pm.  

Everyone is hoping for an improvement in the weather tomorrow (a marginal one is forecast) when Gloucestershire and Surrey are due to start the first semi-final at 11am before Notts Outlaws meet Lancashire Lightning in the second.

In light of the uncertainty about tomorrow's weather, next Wednesday has been set aside as a rescheduled Finals Day. If the first semi-final is completed tomorrow, all the games will be discharged, via bowlouts if necessary, and the tournament will be completed. But if the weather closes in before the first semi can be finished, the four teams will return to Edgbaston on Wednesday.

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