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Essex suffer third rain affected clash with Hampshire

PUBLISHED: 08:20 13 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:42 13 August 2018

Varun Chopra in batting action for Essex (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Varun Chopra in batting action for Essex (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Essex suffered a third affected no result in the Vitality Blast as rain only allowed 7.5overs of play against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

Essex, who also had a rain affected Specsavers County Championship draw at the Ageas Bowl earlier in the summer, managed to reach 72 for four before the game was called off.

Hampshire captain James Vince had won the delayed toss and elected to bowl first for a scheduled 18 overs a side game.

The 7.5overs which were played provided plenty of action for the crowd who did risk the weather.

With the fourth ball, Hampshire old boy Adam Wheater skewed his former teammate Chris Wood straight up in the air – with Gareth Berg completing a simple catch at mid-off.

Varun Chopra deposited left-arm fast bowler Wood into the burger tent at the back of the square-leg boundary stand.

But the bowler had revenge when Chopra cut powerfully to Rilee Rossouw, who pulled off a sublime diving catch at backward-point.

Essex reached 50 off the 5.2 over powerplay, but Paul Walter was next to depart when he deceived by mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s first delivery, as he was castled.

Ryan ten Doeschate was run out by Gareth Berg, having mixed up with Dan Lawrence following a James Vince direct hit.

But as the Essex captain started walking off the pitch the heavens opened, and within an hour the sodden outfield meant umpires Michael Gough and Graham Lloyd had no choice but to abandon the fixture.

Both Hampshire and Essex had already been eliminated from the competition before the match and remain second and third from bottom of the South Group.

Hampshire head coach Craig White: “With the forecast we thought we were going to have to watch the rain all day.

“But we got a couple of overs in and we chipped away, took a few wickets and had a good start.

“We brought Lewis McManus into the side as we were a little light on the batting and Dale had a little niggle so it wasn’t worth risking him ahead of Sunday’s four day game.

“We are low on resources at the moment and Lewis was the next batter in.”

Essex head coach Anthony McGrath: “After the washout on Friday it was disappointing to come here virtual to have the same experience.

“Practice in the middle is always invaluable and with the Championship starting next week we wanted to take the opportunity of meaningful practice.

“Although it is too late for us to do anything in the comp this season, we still have pride to play for, and it is great practice for next season.”

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