Young Warwickshire debutant James Ord made a gruelling, and ultimately pointless, 400-mile round trip to make his first-team bow yesterday.
The 21-year-old right-handed batsman was called into action to replace ill captain Ian Westwood for the opening Pro40 Division Two fixture against Middlesex Panthers at the last minute.
However, it was a far from straightforward call to answer for Ord, as he was playing a Second XI Trophy match against Durham at Chester-le-Street Cricket Club.
Warwickshire’s assistant coach Dougie Brown told Ord that his services were required by the senior side around 12.15pm and he eventually walked on 41 not out (a key innings during a 43-run victory for the Bears).
The Loughborough University student made it to Edgbaston in time for the 4.40pm start, but the journey turned out to be as pointless as the second tier of the condemned Pro40 competition itself.
Ord watched two Neil Carter deliveries, a dot ball and a wide, before the first deluge arrived. Both sides, with Warwickshire sporting a limited edition orange and black kit to support Cure Leukaemia, emerged again at 5.40pm preparing to play 34 overs each. Middlesex made 10 without loss off two overs before a heavy shower took hold once again.
With the live TV cameras waiting amid whispers of a possible ten-over game, the black clouds continued to linger and the battle with the weather was lost shortly after 7.30pm
To make matters worse for Birmingham-born Ord, he, along with Keith Barker and Steffan Piolet, had to make the journey back to Durham last night for the start of a three-day Second XI Championship match at the Riverside today.
Ord will no doubt look back and laugh if he goes on to register a Warwickshire career as illustrious as his grandfather’s. Jimmy Ord was a member of the Bears’ 1951 County Championship-winning side and played 273 matches, scoring 11,788 runs, for the county between 1933 and 1953.
nWarwickshire have named the same LV County Championship squad, plus seamer Boyd Rankin, for today’s match against Lancashire at Edgbaston. The Bears are still waiting to discover whether Ian Bell will be released from England duty at Lord’s to figure.
n?The Seconds’ victory over Durham kept alive their glimmer of hope of qualification in the Second XI Trophy.
The Bears totalled 186, Ateeq Javid top-scoring with 42. Then a solid collective effort by the bowlers sent the home side all out for 143. Jimmy Anyon, Shaaiq Choudhry, Paul Best and Javid each took two wickets.