Rain ruins opening to crucial Hampshire clash
Hampshire v Worcestershire First day abandoned without a ball bowled
Heavy overnight rain and drizzle throughout the day ruined any chance of action in the crucial County Championship clash at the Rose Bowl between bottom clubs Hampshire and Worcestershire.
Bad light was also a factor in the match being abandoned for the day at 5pm without a ball bowled. Hampshire, bottom of the table and without a win in their first 10 fixtures, renewed hopes of survival by surprise wins over Durham and Warwickshire.
Second-from-bottom Worcestershire are still 21 points above Hampshire but approached this fixture on the back of a heavy defeat by Lancashire. Hampshire captain Dominic Cork was named in the home side's squad after a long absence through injury and bereavement, while experienced wicketkeeper Nic Pothas was also available after recovering from appendicitis.
Left-arm spin prospect Danny Briggs was also named in a squad of 13 after recovering from a shoulder injury.