v Notts C & G Trophy
May 29th 2006
image above sums up this frustrating day at Old Trafford. It was cold -dropping
to well below 50 deg (old money) at times - very wet - and at times - sunny -
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heavy shower 30 minutes before play was due to start delayed proceedings until
2-0 pm. Lancashire had put Notts in having won the toss in a 30 over per side
game. Hogg had Patel lbw for 7 at 15 and then after Cork had taken a sharp catch
to dismiss Smith, Sutton pulled off a good one handed catch to dismiss Hussey
for duck. Notts were then 23 for 3.
was bowled by Smith for 0 and then a shower arrived and after the players played
in the rain for a short spell they all retired to the pavilion and some shelter.
only a short break the players are out again and Ealham was the next to go bowled
by Smith - Notts 46 for 5. Fleming had a lucky escape, dropped by Sutton before
rain came again.
groundstaff had their work cut out with the stop start situation. Just when they
got the covers off along came the next black cloud and down came the rain. The
umpires came and went and one wondered why there were so few groundstaff available
when the result of the game was so important to keep Lancashire hopes of the Lords
final alive .
was nearly 5-0 pm when play was resumed
and Notts lost another wicket -Fleming
-caught by Law - before their greatly reduced innings of 19 overs was completed
were only able to bat for 2 and a half overs for 15 runs before another shower
arrived and when blue skies finally came overhead there was no time to get the
ground fit before the cutoff time of 6-0pm. The arrival of some of the Lancashire
players to help the groundstaff was I felt, a move to appease the waiting spectators.
If more effort had been forthcoming earlier in the day the game might well have
had a positive result. Should Lancashire not win the North Conference group and
reach the Lords final there may well be questions to be asked as a win in this
game would have made their path to the final easier.