Rose Bowl must improve its covering, says Rhodes

Worcestershire’s director of cricket Steve Rhodes expects Hampshire to improve the covering at the Rose Bowl after a delayed start to the final day of their County Championship first division match denied his side the chance to push for victory.

Rain seeped under the covers on to the bowlers’ take-off and landing areas which led to a frustrating delay for Worcestershire and helped Hampshire to bat out for a draw.

“I’m not jumping up and down about it because we all make mistakes but if you make a mistake you need to learn from it,” Rhodes said.

“It was frustrating for us because it meant more time off the park and a disappointing thing to happen at a major ground.

“It is something that they will have to work to remedy for big games. It’s not something that has happened before and I’m sure that Hampshire will learn from it.

“They’ve never had this problem before but I’m sure that they will know a bit more about the way they cover their square as a result of this.”

The delay meant that only 45 minutes’ play was possible on the final day at the Rose Bowl which allowed Chris Wood and Dimitri Mascarenhas to steer Hampshire, who were just 59 ahead with four wickets remaining when play began, to safety.

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