off before a ball was bowled. They then reversed their decision barely 15 minutes later after many spectators and some members of the media had begun to leave the ground. It turned out that Warne, who was keen to play despite the wet conditions, had not been consulted properly. The umpires apologised. Hampshire, who were put in to bat just over three hours later, had raced to 56-2 when the rain returned. Zimbabwe’s Sean Ervine was 19 not out.
Two Australians, Corey Richards and Ian Moran, starred for Scotland in a shock 52-run win over Northants in Edinburgh. Richards blasted 73 off 71 balls, Moran took 5-28.
Sussex, early pacesetters in Division 1 of the County Championship, put out a much-weakened team in a four-day match against the Sri Lankan tourists at Hove. But Ollie Rayner, a 20-year-old all-rounder, seized the chance to hit 101 on his debut after coming in at 98-6 and inspiring Sussex to total 262. – John Hughes
LONDON - Shane Warne, Hampshire's charismatic Australian captain, was involved in a bizarre incident at rain-hit Taunton before the C&G Trophy match against Somerset was abandoned after just 6.1 overs.
Umpires John Holder, a former Hampshire pace bowler, and Richard Illingworth called it