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4th August 2010

Rain ensures early close on day two

During the eleven overs possible Hampshire extended their total by 48 runs to 421-5, picking up maximum batting points in the process.

Play is scheduled to resume at 11.00am on Thursday morning – prospects of play will be updated online at from 9.00am. 

At the close of play spoke to Stephen Harmison, “Outgrounds are a good thing on one hand because the crowds are great and they get a chance to get close to the players but counties and the ECB are spending money on drainage systems to try and get games flowing quickly and although there’s nothing much you can do with the weather if we were at the Rose Bowl or Emirates Durham then we’d know the game would be starting at 11.00am tomorrow morning.  

“When you’re on the pitch at the minute the water goes over the boot and apparently the waters got under the covers at the bottom – we’ve had 10/15 minutes of heavy rain and the game has had to be called off for the day and we could struggle tomorrow – but we’ll have to wait and see.

“It’s a decent pitch to bat on, it was slow to start off and seems to have got a bit quicker today .We fought back in the last session to really give ourselves a chance today and go for the game and it’s a shame the weather has intervened. “