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Rain ends Windies' tour opener

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West Indies' tour of England got off to a disappointing start as their match against Sussex was abandoned due to further rain at the PROBIZ County Ground.

There was only time for 16 more overs - 18 were possible yesterday - as the tourists moved from 46 for two to 90 for three, before the match was called off after the wet weather returned to ensure a draw.

The Windies, still waiting to be joined by three absentees in their 15-man squad who have been delayed in transit by visa and other travel issues, can only hope for respite from the weather for the four-day fixture with England Lions at Wantage Road from Thursday.

That will be their final chance of match preparation before the first Investec Test against England on May 17.

In the little cricket they have been permitted so far, their progress in decidedly unwelcoming conditions has been promising.

Kieran Powell

West Indies lost Kieran Powell to Naved Arif Gondal this morning, but rain saw their tour match against Sussex abandoned today

Opener Kieran Powell shaped well yesterday and again today, only to depart tamely when he played half-heartedly and needlessly at an innocuous outswinger and got a faint edge behind off Naved Arif Gondal.

Darren Bravo was, therefore, joined by Shivnarine Chanderpaul, an alliance between West Indies’ most reliable batsman of the past decade and the one on whom so much hope for the future rests.

Bravo’s body language has indicated an evident dislike for the chill he and his team-mates have encountered here, yet he brought a touch of the Caribbean to proceedings, with three crunching cover-driven boundaries hit on the rise.

Amjad Khan conceded one of them, and responded by trying to warm the Trinidadian up with a series of short balls; Bravo was none the worse after ducking into the first and being hit on the helmet.

Instead, it was Chanderpaul who needed treatment - strapping to his thumb and index finger on his left hand after apparently jarring the joint as he made defensive contact against Amjad.

Speaking about the lack of action, Bravo said: “It’s a little bit frustrating.

"The guys really wanted to get out there and get as much match practice as possible, with a Test match starting in a few days. But we can’t do anything about it.”

The weather, though, has not detracted from Bravo’s enthusiasm as he prepares for a Test at the home of cricket.

“It’s going to be a great feeling to go out there and play a Test match at Lord’s,” he said. “It’s the home of cricket, so playing there is something special.

“I’m really looking forward to it. My dad will be there as well, so it’s going to be a special occasion.”

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