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Day Four abandoned as Worcestershire clash ends in a draw

Day Four abandoned as Worcestershire clash ends in a draw

No play possible on final day at New Road

Heavy overnight rain led to the inevitable abandonment of Worcestershire’s Specsavers County Championship clash with Lancashire at Blackfinch New Road today.

Only 71.3 overs were bowled out of a possible 384 during the four days.

Ground-staff carried out mopping up operations after a brief break in the downpours.

But the rain returned and left umpires Rob Bailey and Mark Newell with no choice but to call the game off shortly after lunch at 1.45pm.

Leaders Lancashire had to be content with eight points and Worcestershire six points.

The unbeaten visitors had dominated the short periods of play that were possible.

They bowled Worcestershire out for 98 on the first day and then replied with 110-3 when play was able to resume on the third day.

For Lancashire it was more frustration with the elements after the rain-affected matches with Gloucestershire at Cheltenham and Leicestershire at Old Trafford.

But they remain unbeaten after six games heading into Monday’s encounter with Derbyshire.

Worcestershire will reflect on another below-par batting performance.

First Team Coach Alex Gidman had rejigged the batting order in dropping George Rhodes and Tom Fell, recalling Josh Dell and promoting Ed Barnard up the order.

But, although encountering some high quality bowling from Jimmy Anderson and Graham Onions, the shot selection of some of their batsmen was also questionable.

Worcestershire will now look to end a three game sequence without a win with another home clash against Sussex starting on Monday.

Alex Davies, who earned a recall to the Lancashire side at Blackfinch New Road after injury, said: “It has not been ideal. We would have liked to have got a bit more play out there and maybe try and force a result. But the weather beat us in the end.

“You look at the last three games that have been rain-affected, and we have been dominating in all three.

“We could potentially be six wins from six games but for the weather but you’ve got to put the weather to one side and control what we can control. We’ve played some good cricket.

“I’ve had a tough start to the season for me but injuries happen and you’ve just got to crack on.

“There are a lot worse things going on in the world but I was really happy to be back.”

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