Notts draw as final day is washed out

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Warwickshire were denied a chance to press for victory over Nottinghamshire when the final day of their Specsavers County Championship Division One match was washed out at Edgbaston.

The home side had built a strong position from which to put pressure on an out-of-form Nottinghamshire side which, trailing by 159 on first innings, was due to resume on 81 for two.

But persistent rain throughout the morning showed no sign of relenting so the game was called off at 1pm.

It meant that Warwickshire had to settle for a sixth draw from eight championship games and, for the third time this season, were prevented by rain from advancing to a likely victory.

“A lot of teams have suffered from the weather this season but of course it is pretty frustrating,” said director of cricket Dougie Brown. “That’s 740 overs we have lost in championship cricket so far this summer - nigh on eight days of play.

“When you are looking to play a style of cricket that evolves over the entirety of a four-day game it’s annoying when you keep having to try to cram in a result in three days because of the weather.

“It has cost us a few match-winning positions but a lot of teams have suffered. We still take plenty of positives from the game - the guys bowled beautifully and the way they challenged the batsmen all the way through was high quality. “

Nottinghamshire, meanwhile, were saved a potentially awkward last-day rearguard action but their moderate form in the championship continues. They have not won in eight games since the opening round of the season and now prepare to face Lancashire at Trent Bridge on Sunday, after a home NatWestT20Blast tussle with Durham Jets on Friday.

“We have to be realistic and say we were on the wrong end of the game for what was played,” said director of cricket Mick Newell. “So from our perspective eight points from a draw is welcome at the moment.

“We weren’t in a position where we were winning the match at any stage but we would like to think we would have turned it round.”

Reinforcements are nigh, though, for Nottinghamshire. Veteran spinner Imran Tahir is due to arrive on Friday and make his debut in the Blast against the Jets and then also figure in the championship match against Lancashire for which Nottinghamshire also expect to have Stuart Broad available and Chris Read back from injury.