Abandoned: Bears @ Lightning

To no one’s amazement Friday’s Vitality Blast match between Lancashire Lightning and Birmingham Bears at Emirates Old Trafford was abandoned without a ball bowled.

The only surprise at all was prompted by the fact that the umpires took the decision to call the game off relatively early, at 3.45pm. By then, though, the ground was saturated, there were large puddles on the outfield and more rain was forecast.

The abandonment is Lancashire’s fourth in this year’s Blast and it leaves Dane Vilas’s team four points clear at the top of the North Group before the fate of any other of Friday’s evening’s games had been decided. They now need one win to guarantee a place in the last eight

The have now had two games abandoned and are seventh out of the nine teams in the group but ave a good chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals with three of the final four matches being played at Edgbaston.

Jim Troughton said: “This group’s very tight and I’d take getting three points off the top of the table team.

“Everyone has a chance if they string together some performances but I think we can take a lot from the way we played against Lancashire last week.

“We’ve now got a four-day game to get our heads around and we’re then looking forward to a big game at home to Worcestershire Rapids on Friday.

“That’s always a really good game and if you can get some momentum at this stage of the competition, it gives you a really good chance of getting to the quarter-finals.”

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