Notts kept waiting as rain rules

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A depressing sight at Old Trafford as groundstaff await the decision to abandon play for the day, which came at 3.15pm

Title favourites Nottinghamshire were left cursing the weather after the opening day of their LV= County Championship clash with Lancashire was decimated by rain.

A solitary over was possible on the sort of gloomy day for which Old Trafford is synonymous, during which Notts progressed to eight without loss.

Boasting a slender two-point lead over Somerset at the top of the table - and a seven-point cushion over third-placed Yorkshire - Nottinghamshire went into the game needing 22 points to be crowned champions.

A near washout today, which was confirmed by umpires Peter Hartley and Neil Bainton at 3.15pm, hardly helps matters, although of some succour for Notts was the fact that Somerset’s game against Durham at the Emirates Durham ICG was also blighted by the poor weather which affected large parts of the north of England.

A couple of Lancashire fielders slipping on the greasy outfield was about as interesting as the action got during the five minutes’ play permitted by the almost incessant rain.

Though far from heavy, it delayed the start by more than hour, and continued to fall steadily after lunch was taken early at 12.20pm. The players never returned.

Alex Hales will resume on seven not out tomorrow, with Paul Franks on one.

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