County Championship: Warwickshire held up by rain again at Edgbaston

Mark Adair's dismissal for 32 was his first in first-class cricket, having been not out in both innings on his Championship debut against Somerset at Taunton last September
When Irishman Mark Adair went for 32, he suffered his first dismissal in first-class cricket
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Edgbaston
Warwickshire v Nottinghamshire, day three
Nottinghamshire 152 & 81-2: Mullaney 38*, Lumb 32
Warwickshire 311: Clarke 74, Ambrose 72, Hain 39, Adair 32; Ball 4-76
Nottinghamshire trail Warwickshire by 78 runs with eight wickets remaining
Warwickshire 6 pts, Nottinghamshire 3 pts
Match scorecard

Warwickshire were held up by rain at Edgbaston to thwart their potential victory push against Nottinghamshire.

Resuming on 283-8, the Bears earned a third batting point before being bowled out for 311, tail-ender Mark Adair making 32.

That left Notts trailing by 159 on first innings, to encourage home hopes of a possible three-day victory.

But Steven Mullaney hit an unbeaten 38 to help reduce the deficit as Notts reached 81-2 by the close.

Notts, already missing Luke Fletcher, were hit by a fresh injury blow, as main strike bowler Jake Ball was off the field with a sore elbow.

They then suffered a further setback when first-innings half-centurion Jake Libby edged Keith Barker to second slip before Mullaney and Michael Lumb steadied Notts nerves with a partnership of 67 in 22 overs.

Lumb then went lbw for 32 when he pushed forward to spinner Jeetan Patel in the fourth over after lunch.

But only a further 11 runs had been added when the players went off for bad light before heavy rain arrived to wipe out any chance of further play.

Having been not out in both innings for 24 and 10 on his Championship debut against Somerset at Taunton last September, Adair's 32 on his home debut now gives him an average of 66 in first-class cricket.

Warwickshire director of cricket Dougie Brown told BBC WM:

"It is frustrating. The rain has followed us around this year. It helped us in one game but it has hampered us in three.

"In four rain-affected games we were on the wrong end of one of them but very much in the ascendancy in two others and we're in a good position again here. If we can get on the field, we are still in with a great chance of forcing victory.

"We were a bit tame with the ball before lunch but we went out there after lunch with a different mindset and the guys were excellent. We got a wicket and could have had a couple more."

Nottinghamshire fast bowler Jake Ball told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"My arm is fine. Staying off the field was a precaution to make sure I'm ready to go again on Friday. We only needed the two wickets so it was probably more beneficial for me to take a day off. Hopefully it will settle down.

"There was an extra workload because, when you are playing only three seamers, you know you have got to do the extra overs if one goes down, as Luke Fletcher did.

"My spell before lunch on Monday just felt right. I wasn't trying to bowl too quick so it was just rhythm and from what Riki Wessels and the slips were saying it was coming through at pace which is nice to hear."

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