Cricket: Graveney watches the rain set in again

reports from Worcester Worcestershire 58-0 v Kent
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The Independent Online
The appearance of David Graveney, England's chairman of selectors, caused comfortably the biggest stir of another rain-ruined day's cricket.

Before this match began Worcestershire had lost a staggering 1,254 overs to the weather in their eight Championship games, which means precisely one and a half day's kicking their heels during every match. Only 16 overs were possible yesterday, in the hour immediately before lunch, after which a steady drizzle set in for the afternoon and by the time it had stopped the light was no longer up to it.

Tom Moody and Tim Curtis dealt with everything that Dean Headley, Alan Igglesden and Paul Strang had to offer, racing to 47 off the first 10 overs. Curtis brought the 50 up with a beautiful square drive off Strang, whose first over went for 10 - but that was that as far as the play was concerned.

Graveney's presence was first believed to be connected to that of Graeme Hick, although the official explanation was that he was there to run the rule over Kent's Headley and Mark Ealham. But if Graveney is here again today, and Hick clatters Headley and Ealham all over New Road, who knows what might happen at tomorrow's selection meeting?

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