Rain frustrates Lancashire and Warwickshire as Blackpool match is abandoned
Persistent rain forced Lancashire’s Royal London One-Day Cup tie with Warwickshire to be abandoned as a ‘No Result’ after only fifty deliveries were possible at Stanley Park in Blackpool. Both teams receive one point from this North Group match.
A short shower had delayed the start, reducing the match to 49 overs per side, but Keaton Jennings and Alex Davies wasted little time in getting the scoreboard moving after Warwickshire had put Lancashire in to bat, scoring 50 from the first 49 balls.
Jennings struck the first of his four boundaries when clipping Olly Stone through square leg and he next drove Keith Barker straight before two thick edges both flew high over the slips to the ropes at third man off consecutive Stone deliveries in the fourth over.
Not to be outdone Davies, who got off the mark with a back foot drive to the cover boundary off Stone, then struck three consecutive fours off Barker in the seventh over to give Lancashire a flying start.
Having opened with consecutive century partnerships of 175 and 105 in the previous two Royal London Cup matches, the signs were ominous for the visitors before Davies pulled Henry Brookes’ second delivery hard to deep mid-wicket only to find the safe hands of Aaron Thomason and depart for 22 off 22 balls.
Karl Brown made his way to the middle to join Jennings (23 not out off 28 balls) but before the next ball could be bowled rain arrived to force the players off the field just after midday.
It continued to rain steadily from that point until play was finally abandoned at 4.50pm.
The ‘no result’ was particularly harsh on Josh Bohannon who had earlier been handed his Lancashire debut but never had the chance to either bat or bowl. The 21 year-old, and Lancashire, will hope for better when they travel to New Road to play Worcestershire on Sunday.
The washout was also a huge disappointment for the Blackpool club who had worked hard to stage the game and with better weather would have hoped for a bumper crowd.
“A frustrating day,” was how Lancashire Assistant Head Coach Mark Chilton summed up the abandoned game.
“We were here for practise yesterday. The weather was cracking, the ground looked great and the wicket looked good.
“Unfortunately the forecast for today was right. After a promising start it was disappointing for everyone who has come here today, and for the Blackpool club who made a huge effort to stage this game. It’s a real shame for them.”
Chilton had a lot of sympathy for Josh Bohannon who was making his first team debut today.
“He was really disappointed,” admitted Chilton. “I told him it happened on my debut but everyone else (in the dressing room) was cheering at that point!
“It was a shame as he was looking forward to it, but he’ll get another chance soon I’m sure of that.”
And Chilton enthused about the 21 year-old’s potential.
“I would say that Josh is a modern cricketer in respect that he can do all three formats,” he said.
“He’s primarily a batter but he bowls useful medium pace and he’s got the potential to be an outstanding fielder. He’s very quick across the ground, and good at all aspects (of fielding).
“He’s an exciting young batter. He’s only a little feller but he can pack a punch, hits the ball nice and cleanly.
Bohannon was set to go on Lancashire’s pre-season tour before injury struck in March, as Chilton explained.
“Josh was away in Australia last winter playing grade cricket in Sydney and it seems to have done him the world of good.
“Since he came back he’s looked more confident, and he seems to have understood his game a little bit more having had time on his own to figure it out. That’s one of the real benefits of going away.
“He was really unlucky because in his last game in Sydney he had a bad intercostal muscle injury and missed six weeks at the start of our season. He’s only been playing for the last three weeks and started really well. He’s put in some consistent performances so far in the second team.”
This is the halfway stage of the Royal London One-Day Cup and Chilton said:
“It’s been frustrating. In the games we’ve played at times we’ve looked like a good side-and I think we are a good side. I really believe that.
“But there’s been some passages of play where we’ve not performed how we would like, and ultimately that’s cost us.
“I think if we are honest with ourselves, if we had played to our potential as a team we could have been three from three (before today).
“So we are in a position now where we’ve got to be working towards winning three of the last four games at least.
“The situation gets laid out for you a little more clearly once you have less games left, and clearly Sunday (v Worcestershire) a bit of a must win game.”
“When you’ve lost two of your first four games, you clearly need to start winning again soon.”
“When you look across all the teams there’s real strength in all the sides. That’s proved to be the case by the results so far, no-one has really taken the group by storm as yet.
“It was hugely frustrating not to win at Northampton the other day, but they’ve knocked Notts over, and Notts have come back strongly against Leicestershire so it’s up for grabs now over the next couple of games and that’s why Sunday is so important.”