Rain thwarts Durham's positive play

Durham's attempts to make up for lost time proved in vain as no play was possible after lunch on the second day of their County Championship First Division relegation clash with Hampshire at Riverside.

Durham's attempts to make up for lost time proved in vain as no play was possible after lunch on the second day of their County Championship First Division relegation clash with Hampshire at Riverside.

After making 104 for 1 in 40 overs between the showers on Thursday, Durham added 142 in 33 overs of positive batting to reach lunch on 246 for 4.

Simon Katich fell four short of 1,000 Championship runs for the season when he was out for 60, edging an attempted cut to first slip, and then Paul Collingwood edged Peter Hartley to second slip for 12.

When the acting captain Jon Lewis, fell for 70, chopping a ball from Shane Warne into his stumps, Durham had slipped from 134 for 1 to 172 for 4.

But Jimmy Daley, who finished unbeaten on 31, and Martin Speight then put on 74 in 16 overs before the rain arrived.

Heavy showers meant that only three balls were bowled on the opening day of the First Division match at Taunton with play finally being called off at 4.40pm.

Leicestershire had won the toss and invited Somerset to bat. The only play came just before tea when Phillip DeFreitas sent down three deliveries to Mark Lathwell, who fenced at the last and was caught behind for a duck.

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