A big Lord’s crowd of around 17,000 was left bitterly disappointed as Middlesex’s NatWest T20 Blast South Group fixture against Sussex Sharks was abandoned in persistent rain in north London.
Luke Wright’s Sharks will be hoping for a better outlook this evening (Friday) when they travel along the south coast to face Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.
Last night’s match was the first of four floodlit T20 Blast games to be played by Middlesex at Lord’s this season, but the frustrated spectators had no action to watch after rain set in soon after both teams had finished their pre-match warm-ups.
Middlesex captain Dawid Malan had won the toss and chosen to bat first, but the match was unable to get under way at its scheduled 6.15pm start time. The abandonment came at just after 8pm, with rain still falling and no hope of starting even a five-overs-per-side contest from the cut-off time of 8.57pm.
The point that both Middlesex and Sussex take from the no result does, at least, add something to the good start each county has made to the competition.
Sussex head to Hanpshire tonight sitting in second place in the group with seven points. Hampshire, unusually for them, are bottom of the pile with only two points.
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