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20th July 2010

Lancashire five down as rain brings early close

The third wicket fell without any additions to the total with Paul Horton caught in the slips by Michael Di Venuto off Mitchell Claydon on 29.

At lunch Lancashire are 76 – 4 with Chanderpaul (9*) and Smith (2*).

Thorp picked up his second wicket after Smith was caught behind in the 41st over on 23.  Lancashire passed the hundred mark and as they reached 136-5 the heavens opened and play was delayed.

The rain stopped briefly providing some hope as the ground staff mopped up the water off the top of the covers  but it was short lived as the rain started to fall heavily as tea was taken early. With no sign of the bad weather fading play was abandoned for the day just before 5.00pm.

At the close of play we spoke to seamer Mitchell Claydon, “It was an OK day, if we can come out in the morning and get a couple of quick wickets then that’ll be even better. Even losing this time because of the rain we’ve got to get down their order and bowl them out cheaply, if we can do that the game is there to be won. 

“Shiv gave us a chance but we didn’t get it, but that’s cricket, it happens, we’ve just got to bowl as many dot balls as we can to him and try and get ourselves another chance.  He loves to bat and face as many balls as he can, which if we’re getting wickets at the other end might not be a bad thing because he’s not getting away from us. If you hit the right area a number of times you’re going to get a chance and I think Callum showed that – we just have to be patient. 

“If we can pick up a couple of wins then we’re in the mix. We need a win and to get that ball rolling.”

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