Rain wrecks rare chance for Bears to go in search of a vic­tory

Coventry Telegraph - - SPORT - By BRIAN HALFORD mail.sport@birm­ing­ham­mail.co.uk War­wick­shire first-team coach Jim Troughton

AF­TER three hard-fought days, War­wick­shire and Lan­cashire had to set­tle for a draw as the fourth day of their day/night Spec­savers County Cham­pi­onship match at Edg­bas­ton was washed out.

The game had been in­trigu­ingly poised with Lan­cashire set to re­sume on the fourth day on 178 for four, lead­ing by 130.

All re­sults were still pos­si­ble with the vis­i­tors tar­get­ing their third suc­ces­sive win while War­wick­shire knew that early wick­ets could have opened the door to their first cham­pi­onship vic­tory of the sea­son.

But the rain which had been fore­cast on Wed­nes­day, but never ar­rived, came a day late, set­ting in over Birm­ing­ham in the morn­ing and con­tin­u­ing to fall un­til the match was called off at 4pm.

War­wick­shire first-team coach Jim Troughton said: “It is a lit­tle bit frus­trat­ing be­cause it’s been a tough start to the sea­son for us and in the two games where we have played some good cricket the rain has cur­tailed play. “It would have been an in­ter­est­ing pas­sage of play to­day. Lan­cashire were only 130 ahead and if we had got a cou­ple of early wick­ets and got into their bowlers then po­ten­tially it could have been an in­ter­est­ing day. “But we will take a lot of good stuff from the game. The guys have put in a good, solid shift over three days. “We had some chats af­ter the dis­ap­point­ment down at Chelms­ford last week and we have seen a re­ac­tion. “They are small steps but we are go­ing in the right di­rec­tion. “We know we haven’t been up to our best with bat or ball so it was good to take ten wick­ets and we had to think out­side the box a lit­tle bit how to take those with the pink ball. “Ge­orge Panayi did re­ally well on his de­but and then Andy Umeed’s knock, in those con­di­tions against an at­tack in­clud­ing the best bowler Eng­land has ever pro­duced, showed a lot of skill and great tem­per­a­ment.” Lan­cashire head coach Glen Chap­ple said: “It was set up for an in­ter­est­ing fin­ish. “We still had work to do but had given some thought to us forc­ing a vic­tory and I am sure War­wick­shire were in the same boat. We didn’t

It is a bit frus­trat­ing be­cause in the two games this sea­son where we have played some good cricket the rain has cur­tailed play.

ex­pect the rain to­day so it was a bit of a sur­prise.

“This game was a dif­fer­ent chal­lenge with the pink ball and the pitch it­self was quite slow so it was quite hard work for the bat­ters.

“I thought we com­peted re­ally well and got our­selves right back into the game and it fin­ishes off four games in suc­ces­sion which we iden­ti­fied were go­ing to be cru­cial for us.

“We have got our­selves in a de­cent po­si­tion which we are pleased with. There’s more work to do later on but now we can turn our at­ten­tion to T20 cricket.

“I think the lads en­joyed the day/ nighter be­cause it was some­thing dif­fer­ent. It looks like the pink ball be­haved slightly dif­fer­ently to a red ball.

“It of­fers some spin and is good to grip for the spin­ners, but it’s early days.”

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