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The Twenty20 Cup quarter-final between Warwickshire and Kent at Edgbaston has been washed out.

The teams will hope for better luck when they meet tomorrow after today’s contest was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

The rearranged game will start at 5pm - earlier than today's scheduled start to take advantage of an extra hour's play if needed - and those holding tickets will be able to use them tomorrow.

Warwickshire director of cricket Ashley Giles said: “It is important to allow spectators the chance to see the match and we are thankful to Kent for agreeing to this time even though they have a championship match starting on Friday morning at Canterbury.

"At all our home games we have great support and we want to ensure that we have the best atmosphere possible in this important match for us.”

Graham Ford, the Kent coach, said: “There was no chance today. We'll have to come back tomorrow and just hope we get some decent weather.

“Twenty20 is all about playing in front of big crowds and by rescheduling for 5pm tomorrow we are giving the Bears and Kent fans the opportunity to see this key match in the calendar.

“We've got the championship game at Canterbury on Friday which will be another huge challenge because we won't get back from Birmingham until the early hours of the morning.

“But a lot of this happens on the county circuit and we just have to respond to it.

“It's going to be tough for the boys but there is no point complaining about it. Let's just hope we can get a good game of cricket in on Thursday.”

Essex and Middlesex have booked their places at finals day at the Rose Bowl on July 26 courtesy of victories over Northamptonshire and Lancashire respectively this week.

Yorkshire and Durham, whose quarter-final on Monday was postponed, await the outcome of Thursday’s discipline hearing into Yorkshire’s fielding of an ineligible player, Azeem Rafiq, in their final group game against Nottinghamshire.

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