County Championship: Gloucestershire v Lancashire day two abandoned after covers leak

The outfield at Cheltenham's College Ground was fit for play but the covers could not handle the overnight rain
The outfield at Cheltenham's College Ground was fit for play but the covers could not handle the overnight rain
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, College Ground, Cheltenham (day two):
Gloucestershire 205: Hammond 82, Taylor 42; Mahmood 4-48, Livingstone 2-23, Anderson 2-25
Lancashire 47-2: Jennings 26*
Lancashire (3 pts) trail Gloucestershire (1 pt) by 158 runs
Scorecard

The second day of Gloucestershire's Championship game against Lancashire at Cheltenham College was abandoned after leaking covers failed to protect the wicket from overnight rain.

A fierce storm led to water seeping under the covers to leave a wet area on a length at the College Ground.

After initially delaying the start, umpires Jeff Evans and Paul Pollard made three inspections.

But play was finally called off for the day just before 14:00 BST.

Division Two leaders Lancashire were due to resume their first innings on 47-2, replying to Gloucestershire's 205.

Cheltenham College ground
Overhead conditions at Cheltenham were fine so the players on both sides spent part of the day in the nets

"I'm very disappointed for myself and my team and I feel so sorry for all the supporters who've come here today," head groundsman Christian Brain told BBC Radio Gloucestershire. "It's something I never thought would happen.

"We'll be around until dark and here again first thing in the morning to get as much light and air on the pitch as possible and fingers crossed the umpires will deem the pitch playable and we'll get some action tomorrow.

"I don't know what else we could've done, it's just one of those unfortunate things. It's very tricky here with the slope."

The game is taking place at Cheltenham because the County Ground at Bristol is being used as a venue for the World Cup.

On Tuesday, the warm-up fixture between West Indies and New Zealand was played at the ground.

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