County Championship Division One Wrap Abell Davis Prevent Collapse On Rain Hit Day
Only 56.3 overs were bowled at Edgbaston on a rain-hit opening day as Tom Abell and Steven Davis batted Somerset to safety at stumps in the County Championship Division 1 clash on Tuesday (September 5). The visitors were precariously placed at 131 for 4 after their top order failed to capitalise on their starts. But Abell and Davis then batted with precaution to prevent a collapse as the duo added 72 for the fifth wicket and were unbeaten at the end of day's play.
On a surface that offered help for the spinners, Somerset got off to a flier after opting to bat first. Veteran Marcus Trescothick struck six boundaries in his 28 before edging one behind off Jeetan Patel. Ryan Sidebottom then cleaned up George Bartlett before Edward Byrom and James Hildreth steadied the ship briefly.
Byrom then perished while attempting a needless reverse sweep off Sukhjit Singh. The spinner also accounted for Hildreth's wicket soon after before Abell and Davis pulled out their rescue act.
Brief scores: Somerset 203/4 (Edward Byrom 43, Steven Davis 39*; Sukhjit Singh 2-52) vs Warwickshire.
Hampshire vs Surrey, Southampton
On a frustrating day at the Rose Bowl, the hosts were able to send down only five overs on the first day in their clash against Surrey. Openers Rory Burns and Ryan Patel batted five overs in the opening session, scoring 16 runs before the players headed back due to bad light.
With rain making an appearance, Lunch and Tea were taken early before the officials decided to resume play in the final session with 29 overs scheduled to be bowled. However, the clouds opened up again to spoil the party as play was called off for the day.
Brief scores: Hampshire 16/0 (Rory Burns 9*, Ryan Patel 7*; Kyle Abbott 0/4) vs Surrey.
Yorkshire vs Middlesex, Leeds
Not even a single ball was bowled at Headingley as Yorkshire's County Championship clash against Middlesex got off to a damp start. Even though the rain stopped midday, it had caused enough damage on the morning and the previous night as well.
Lancashire vs Essex, Manchester
The rain wreaked havoc in Manchester as well by forcing an abandonment at Old Trafford on the first day between Lancashire and Essex. Once the rain stopped, the umpires inspected the outfield and decided to call off the day due to the wet conditions.