RAIN claimed another victory in Herefordshire’s soggy season when a steady downpour washed out the annual showcase game against Glamorgan at Eastnor.

Although play was able to get underway on time in pleasant, sunny conditions, the clouds quickly arrived and no play was possible after the first ball of the 24th over in Herefordshire innings.

Glamorgan skipper James Harris won the toss and invited Herefordshire to bat first with his decision quickly paying off when opener Ben Chapman-Lilley was caught off the captain for just 5.
Chapman-Lilley’s opening partner Conor Smith launched a big six off Harry Podmore before the bowler gained his revenge by winning an lbw appeal.

Herefordshire found themselves at 28-2 following the two early dismissals and an uphill battle to stem the wickets.

However, Nick Hammond helped to boost the score to 56 with a knock of 27 from 55 balls including three fours.

Captain Matt Pardoe also contributed to the run total for the home side with 18 off 35 balls and his departure left Herefordshire placed at 87-4.

Wickets for Glamorgan came courtesy of Harry Podmore, Ben Morris and Ben Kellaway who claimed one victim each.

Ollie Walker (14 not out) looked in good touch and had smashed a massive six
over cover before the rains came.

He was just starting to build a partnership with Ollie Rogoff (1) who had only faced six balls before the wet weather arrived and the match abandoned.

Herefordshire will be hoping that the erratic weather will finally have settled down when their next fixture, a three-day championship game against Berkshire, gets underway at Eastnor on Sunday, August 20.