While records have been falling in the high-scoring England-India Test series like raindrops in a summer downpour, the rain gods have continued to smile on county cricketers with relatively little interference from the weather in the LV=County Championship. The four-day competition now enters its final month with the divisional titles up for grabs, as well as several ongoing promotion and relegation battles, with all concerned hoping that the meteorological conditions remain in their favour.
Somerset have been one of the counties hoping for a continuation of the fair weather as they press for their first-ever County Championship title. Indeed, up until mid-August, the West Country side had lost just 11 hours play out of a total of 288 hours since the start of their first-class season back in the second week of April.
But on the first two days of their game against Nottinghamshire, starting on August 17 at Taunton, there was just half an hour’s play out of a total of twelve, as in the space of two days they lost more playing time than they had for the previous four months. With two of their remaining three Championship games being also staged at Taunton in the coming three weeks, Marcus Trescothick’s side will be hoping for high pressure and clear skies over the West Country.
Nevertheless, Somerset’s total of 25 hours lost to the weather is still not the highest so far this summer in Division One, with Durham topping the list with 41.25 hours lost. Nottinghamshire, the reigning champions (or should that be raining champions?) are close behind with 41.00 hours lost, while in Division Two it is Gloucestershire who top the list with 31.75 hours lost.
The table below shows the total amount of playing time lost (in hours) by each county, as at August 21, 2011:
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