Warks without loss before rain arrives

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Ian Westwood

Warwickshire captain Ian Westwood takes a blow from Chris Tremlett after he had chosen to bat first

Rain prevented all but 13.4 overs being bowled on the first day of the LV= County Championship match between Hampshire and Warwickshire at the Rose Bowl.

The surprise was any play at all was possible but the rain held off long enough for Warwickshire captain Ian Westwood to win the toss and decide to bat first.

Hampshire left out former England all-rounder Dominic Cork in order to rest him for Saturday's Friends Provident Trophy final against Sussex at Lord's.

But as storm clouds gathered the players were off for the first time after 6.1 overs, with Warwickshire 19 without loss.

Umpires Peter Hartley and Nigel Llong called the players back onto the pitch after 21 overs had been lost to the weather but the return, in front of a tiny crowd, did not last long.

Warwickshire added a further 11 runs before rain washed out any chance of a resumption.

Warwickshire had one scare when Westwood appeared to fend a sharply-rising delivery from Chris Tremlett to gully but appeals for a catch were dismissed as the ball had struck the Warwickshire opener high on the arm and he needed treatment before continuing.

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