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Weather causes a triple washout

A heavy band of rain moving slowly across much of the country has caused havoc in all of tonight Twenty20 matches with three games abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Worcestershire's home match against Glamorgan at Himley - moved from the previously flooded New Road - was the first to be called off at 1720.

At 1930 the floodlit match at Derby was also abandoned, where the hosts had been due to take on Lancashire.

That result left Derbyshire hunting their first win of the campaign with three defeats and four washouts.

Lancashire's point still gives them an excellent chance of making the quarter-finals.

Worcestershire chief executive Mark Newton was particularly upset - and the club are battling to get their main ground fit for a Championship match on Sunday.

Newton said: "I've never known anything like it in all my time in cricket.

"For sustained disappointment this is just unbelievable. Himley Cricket Club are very disappointed. They did everything they could to help."

Worcestershire must win against Warwickshire at Edgbaston on Friday to stand any chance of progressing.

For Glamorgan it was their sixth one-day match rained off in the season, including three in the Twenty20 Cup.

Hampshire's match at Chelmsford was abandoned after 16 overs, the no-result ending any lingering Twenty20 Cup hopes either they or Essex had harboured.

Electing to bat first, the visitors made 107-5, with Andy Bichel's three overs yielding just nine runs.

Only Chris Benham (41) could break the shackles - and he was bowled by Danish Kaneria after facing 31 deliveries.

Kaneria also got rid of Sean Ervine for 28 as Graham Napier held on to take an excellent catch at long-on.

In his penultimate match for Essex, former England and Surrey star Adam Hollioake took 1-4 off one over.

source - bbc.co.uk
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