It was a soggy Old Trafford on Friday as Lancashire's Friends Life t20 match against Notts fell victim to the weather
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Paul Edwards reports on the abandonment of Lancashire's Friends Life t20 match against Nottinghamshire
The weather had both the first and last words at Old Trafford on Friday evening when umpires Neil Mallender and Steve Garratt abandoned Lancashire's Friends Life t20 game against Nottinghamshire at 5.45p.m.
The decision came as no surprise to anyone. The only high-class athletes likely to prosper in the conditions obtaining in Manchester on Friday afternoon were Rebecca Adlington, Fran Halsall and their mates.
By five o'clock there were small puddles on the outfield and larger ones on the covers. The last occasion on which that amount of water was shifted in next to no time was when the Almighty did that number with the Red Sea for the Israelites. So, given the gloomy weather forecast, the officials' judgement was probably a triumph of commonsense.
The abandonment leaves Lancashire with five points from their four games in the 2012 t20 competition. Glen Chapple and his men are next in action on Monday when they entertain Durham at Old Trafford in a match which is due to start at 7.10pm.
At least the early decision to pull the plug - not the happiest of metaphors, I agree - gave players the opportunity to get home with comparatively little fuss on roads affected by the bad weather.
Radio Lancashire's ace newshound Scott Read was broadcasting flood warnings for Greater Manchester well before the game was called off at Old Trafford and one can only hope that this drought-cursed summer allowed Bruce Springsteen's gig at th'Etihad to take place in all its full-throated splendour. Apparently the Boss was due to perform all his classics: "Thunderstorm Road", "Drowned in the USA" and "Born To Rain".