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Washout strands Worcestershire and Durham

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Worcestershire and Durham remain in the LV= County Championship Division One relegation positions after their game at New Road was abandoned without a ball bowled on the final day.

Relentless rain, from mid-afternoon yesterday through to the early hours today, saturated the ground and there was never a realistic chance that Durham would be able to resume their second innings.

In the absence of good drying conditions umpires Steve O’Shaugnessy and Martin Saggers made the inevitable decision at 1pm. In all 215 overs were lost over the four days.

Durham probably felt hardest done by, given that they had established a lead of 105 thanks to an unbroken opening partnership of 67 by Mark Stoneman and Will Smith.

New Road

An all-too-familiar scene at New Road where Division One's winless bottom two teams Worcestershire and Durham had to settle for a draw

With each team taking seven points, Worcestershire are still six ahead of Durham and they also have a game in hand.

Meanwhile, Worcestershire’s Vikram Solanki has confirmed that he has been given permission to talk to other counties after spending his 17-year first-team career at New Road.

Worcestershire have yet to offer their former captain a new contract and Solanki said: “I’d like to play at Worcester ideally, but if it’s a case that I need to consider other options, I owe it to myself and my family to explore those options.”

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