Rain ruins opening day of championship match as some fans are allowed back into grounds


A heavy downpour in the afternoon session saw play abandoned for the day on the opening day of the LV=County Championship clash between Hampshire and Leicestershire at the Ageas Bowl.

The hosts had reached 53 for 1 when the decision was taken to call of play for the day due to a saturated outfield after an early tea had been taken.

After a delayed start of an hour due to the bowlers run ups being a little wet, the visitors won the toss and put Hampshire in to bat.

The first success for the visitors came when Joe Weatherley edged Chris Wright to slip for 11. The Hampshire opener has endured a tough season at the toip of the order where he currently averages 15.81 from his last 11 innings and still remains the only players in Hampshire’s top six not to post a half-century this season.

A light shower forced the players from the field a couple of minutes before lunch with Hampshire 30 for 1.

Just under an hours play was possible after lunch with Hampshire moving on to 53 for 1 before heavy rain mixed in with thunder sent the players back to the dressing rooms.

After umpires Nigel Llong and Martin Saggers took a long look, they decided that no further play would be possible with the game abandoned for the day at 4 pm, with Ian Holland unbeaten on 24 and Tom Alsop 15 in front of 1,300 Hampshire members.

Hampshire   vs Leicestershire Day 1

LV=County Championship Wednesday 19th May 2021

Peter Moore at the Ageas Bowl

Hampshire 53 for 1