LANCASHIRE and Essex’s Royal London Cup campaigns got off to the soggiest at starts when no play was possible in their match at Sedbergh School today

Heavy overnight rain left the outfield very wet indeed but umpires Steve O’Shaughnessy and Phil Mustard gave the game every chance, holding inspections at 1.30pm and 2.15pm before eventually calling the game off at 2.30pm.

The abandonment might come as a particular disappointment to Grant Roelofsen, a South African wicketkeeper-batter who was due to make his debut for Essex after signing following an incredible season so far with Billericay.

However, huge efforts by the school’s groundstaff eventually came to naught and the abandonment leaves the counties with one point apiece.


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