Weather leaves Emirates Riverside unplayable

Durham’s Specsavers County Championship match against Somerset at Emirates Riverside was abandoned shortly after 11am with no play possible over the last two days.

It was tough on Durham, who led by 300 on 223 for four in their second innings and now face a long wait for their next action at home to Middlesex on Sunday week.

Somerset’s new captain, Chris Rogers, admitted: “We didn’t quite get it right here, but the bowlers will improve.

“We also found it hard with the bat. We kept losing wickets in groups and didn’t build partnerships, but what I like about this group is that they can all contribute.”

Rogers scored an Ashes century on his last visit to Chester-le-Street but was run out for 23 in this match, where Durham were awarded 10 points and his Somerset side eight. 

He added: “I have loved being back here. To be up against Graham Onions and Chris Rushworth up here at the start of the season is as challenging as it’s going to get.

“I felt I was batting really well, but unfortunately I got run out and had a couple of glances at Peter Trego as I went off. But these things happen and you take it on the chin.”

Durham coach Jon Lewis said: “To have a week off between games is the norm in the rest of the world, so hopefully things will dry up and we can get in some decent preparation.

“We have a second-team game here against Scotland next week, but we won’t be loading the side.

“There’s nothing worse than getting left out of the first team at the start of the season then not getting a chance to prove yourself. The seconds have had no luck with the weather so far.”


Source: ECB

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