County Championship: Worcestershire v Lancashire is abandoned as a draw

Two complete days were washed out in the Worcestershire-Lancashire game at New Road
Two entire days were washed out in the Worcestershire-Lancashire game at New Road
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Blackfinch New Road (day four):
Worcestershire 98: Barnard 32; Anderson 4-24, Onions 4-55, Mahmood 2-8
Lancashire 110-3: Livingstone 53*; Parnell 2-18
Worcestershire (6 pts) drew with Lancashire (8 pts)

Worcestershire's rain-hit meeting with Lancashire was abandoned as a draw after heavy overnight rain led to no play being possible on the final day.

After the total loss of play on the second day too, it meant just 71.3 overs were bowled out of a possible 384 during the four days at New Road.

It is a third straight weather-affected draw for Lancashire, whose eight points keep them top of Division Two.

Worcestershire, who are at home again to Sussex on Monday, take six points.

Lancashire are also back in action on Monday, with an away game against Derbyshire.

After starting the season with three wins, they have now lost five full days of cricket in successive rain-affected matches with Gloucestershire at Cheltenham, Leicestershire at Aigburth and now at New Road.

Pears first team coach Alex Gidman told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"What am I taking away from the 70 odd overs? Obviously not a huge amount. We struggled with the bat. And it's just been a frustrating week for everyone.

"After the Middlesex performance, we had a bit of time off last week and were really keen to start, I guess, getting over the two losses, to Lancashire away and Middlesex at home.

"We've just hit a bit of a stalling point this week with the weather and still not quite getting it quite right with the bat. But we've come out of it with six points.

Lancs opener Alex Davies told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"It has not been ideal. We would have liked to have got a bit more play out there and maybe try and force a result. But the weather beat us in the end.

"You look at the last three games that have been rain-affected, and we have been dominating in all three. We could potentially be six wins from six games.

"I've had a tough start to the season for me but injuries happen and you've just got to crack on. There are a lot worse things going on in the world but I was really happy to be back."

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