Weather hampers Durham-Hampshire

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Close day one: Hampshire 77-3 v Durham
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Bad weather severely restricted action on the first day of the County Championship game between Durham and Hampshire at Chester-le-Street.

Rain and bad light saw just 30 overs bowled but Durham still found time to create problems for the visitors.

Callum Thorp removed Liam Dawson for a duck and then dismissed Michael Carberry as Hampshire slumped to 9-2.

Jimmy Adams also lost his wicket as the visitors closed on 77-3 with Neil McKenzie unbeaten on 46.

Play was not possible until 15:45 BST and the long periods lost to the weather will be a major frustration for Durham as they chase their third championship in four years.

Rain scuppered their hopes of beating Nottinghamshire last week and the forecast remains poor for the remainder of this game.

CLOSE OF PLAY SUMMARY

Durham coach Geoff Cook:

"Another frustrating day but if you look back at the weather forecast this morning it could have been worse because we thought the whole day would have been washed out.

"So at least we got the day under way and got their innings under way on a wicket which is likely to be bowling friendly because of all the moisture about.

"We got off with a good start with the ball but I think late on we let it slip a bit and we need to be tighter on day two and ready for every session.

"But it will be tough and they will make it tough, Neil Mckenzie is a difficult batsman to bowl against and we let the pressure off with him. We could have been a bit more demanding on their batsmen late on."

BBC Radio Newcastle's Martin Emmerson:

"The weather is doing it's best to ruin Durham's hopes of a third title. Only 30 overs were possible on day one and the last two games here have ended in draws because of the weather. I hope we don't end up counting the cost of the rain in a month's time.

"Credit though to the bowlers and particularly Callum Thorp who took two wickets in the first seven overs which included four maidens."

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