Hampshire v Worcestershire, Rose Bowl, 1st day August 23, 2011

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.

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  • Alan on August 24, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    The rain is not good news for Hampshire, who must be hoping to maintain their winning streak. Good to see Cork back though. Will be interested to see if he can reach the 1,000 first-class wicket mark by the end of the season. Given how little first-class cricket the top players play these days, he could certainly be one of the last players to attain this mark.

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