Essex suffer Natwest T20 Blast washout

PUBLISHED: 11:28 30 July 2017

A cricket ball lies beyond the boundary (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

A cricket ball lies beyond the boundary (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Rain ruins any chance of play with Gloucestershire

Essex remain bottom of the south group in the Natwest T20 Blast after seeing their home match with Gloucestershire washed out last night.

Rain fell without much let-up from mid-afternoon onwards at Chelmsford, where play was due to start at 7pm, before play was abandoned to hit their hopes of progress.

Gloucestershire suffered their third no-result, and second complete wash-out, of the NatWest T20 Blast season after there had been five pitch inspections during an evening of intermittent rain.

With the Sky Sports TV cameras on standby, play was due to start in a five-overs-a-side game at 9.28pm, but further rain after Gloucestershire had won the toss and decided to field led to umpires Graham Lloyd O’Shaugnessy calling off the televised match.

Essex, with only six points from nine matches in the competition, are due to visit Hampshire on Friday.

Gloucestershire’s fourth one-point return – which includes a tie in the opening game – left them in seventh place, but within a point of Middlesex in the last of the four qualifying places for the knock-out stages.

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