CARDIFF: No result (match abandoned, rain). Glamorgan 1pt, Worcestershire 1pt.
Worcestershire, after losing to Northamptonshire, were denied the chance to re-affirm their promising Twenty20 Cup credentials by the weather at the SWALEC Stadium, home of Glamorgan.
Not only that, the day had started brightly with news that Simon Jones was due to start after missing Worcestershire’s first two encounters and it ended brightly, in warm sunshine. Remarkably, it would have been the Welshman’s first Twenty20 Cup appearance.
Director of cricket Steve Rhodes said: “It’s always disappointing. We would have even fancied our chances in a shorter game because their spinners would not have been as effective but, in saying that, what can you do about the elements? There’s no point in worrying about these things.
“The outfield was not too bad, it was the pitch ends that were the problem. Unfortunately, the ground staff got caught out by a heavy shower earlier today when they took the covers off.”
The Jones debut and the comeback after defeat will have to wait until tomorrow when Warwickshire visit a sold out New Road for what promises to be a mouthwatering spectacle, according to Rhodes. Perhaps that is exactly how cricket’s Gods had it scripted
Rhodes said: “Warwickshire is always a good game and we have done well against them in the Twenty20 cricket. It is always good atmosphere in games against them and we are looking forward to it with confidence. In the defeat to Northants we played well in a lot of ways. We fielded really well and when we do that the lads tend to show me that they have entered the game in the right mindset.
“There has been some good batting from us in the first two games and some decent bowling - which has been difficult in Twenty20 - but people like Gareth Andrew and Daryl Mitchell have bowled very well over the two games. I still think there is something in it for all types, though. Johan van der Wath [Northamptonshire’s South African seamer] showed that by bowling quickly. He was really the difference between the two teams [on Friday] with his four overs for 14 at the start - and he got ‘Hicky’ out, so there’s room for all sorts.”
Northamptonshire extended their lead in the Mid/West/Wales Division with a 27-run victory over second-bottom Gloucestershire at Bristol for a third win in as many matches. Johann Louw and Stephen Peters took three wickets apiece while Rikki Wessels was unbeaten on 43 off only 23 deliveries, with David Sales scoring 41 and Rob White 39 out of 162 for five. In response, Gloucestershire totalled 135.
At Old Trafford Simon Marshall took four wickets as leaders Lancashire condemned Leicestershire to a third defeat in the North Division with a 37-run victory.
Lancashire reached a promising 163 for five but lost their remaining wickets for only four runs, Jim Allenby taking five for 21. However, the Foxes manged only 130 for eight, HD Ackerman reaching 63.