NORTHAMPTON (first day): Northamptonshire 33-1 v Worcestershire
Seven balls after the players emerged following a five-hour break for rain, umpires Rob Bailey and Allan Jones ushered them off for bad light.
That sums up the first day's play of the Division Two championship match between Northamptonshire and Worcestershire here yesterday when only 10.2 overs were bowled after the home side won the toss and elected to bat.
For what it is worth, Worcestershire's bowlers started decently enough. Steve Magoffin bowled a marginally better line than length in his five overs while, at the other end, Kabir Ali was looking familiarly threatening.
He bowled some fizzing yorkers and took the wicket of teenager Alex Wakely after enticing the youngster to chase one that cut away. The 19-year-old edged on the drive to wicketkeeper Steven Davies. Former Worcestershire batsmen Stephen Peters opened for Northants and finished the day unbeaten on 13.
There was no Simon Jones in the starting line-up for Worcestershire but he is closer to returning to the team. He started the warm-up before the match and, having been replaced again by Chris Whelan, has been named 12th man.
Steve Rhodes, the Worcestershire director of cricket, said he was "very close" to being fit to play in this match and was now likely to make his comeback after a neck injury in the Friends Provident Trophy match against Gla-morgan, his former club, at New Road on Monday. n