Thursday, August 27th, 2020

RAPIDS GEAR UP FOR TWO HOME GAMES AFTER CARDIFF WASHOUT

Worcestershire Rapids have turned their attention to two home Vitality Blast matches in the space of 48 hours after tonightโ€™s opening encounter with Glamorgan in Cardiff was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

The Rapids are gearing up to take on Northamptonshire Steelbacks at Blackfinch New Road on Saturday (1pm start) followed by the Bank Holiday Monday meeting with Gloucestershire (also 1pm start).

Heavy rain throughout much of the day in the Welsh capital left the square and outfield at Sophia Gardens saturated.

A period of blue sky offered renewed hope of some play being able to take place later in the evening and a second inspection was made by umpires Jeremy Lloyds and Jeff Evans at 6.30pm.

But conditions had not improved sufficiently to offer encouragement for any play to take place and resulted in the game being abandoned at 6.45pm.

The outfield at the River End was of particular concern because it remained heavily saturated.

The Rapids and Glamorgan had to be content with one point apiece andย means Ed Barnard will have to wait until Saturday for his first game as the Rapids new Vitality Blast captain.

The England Lions all-rounder will lead the side in all games in this seasonโ€™s competition when Moeen Ali is unavailable.