Rain dampens supporters return at Bristol


Only 20.2 overs were possible on day one of this LV= Insurance County Championship match between Gloucestershire and Somerset at the Bristol County Ground.

Unfortunately, on a day that saw spectators return to the stands, it was the weather that dominated proceedings.

Those present were looking forward to a first Championship meeting between the sides in Bristol since 2007, but it wasn’t to be as only a little over an hours play was possible before rain set in and play was abandoned at approximately 4.25pm.

What cricket there was saw Somerset make a steady start after losing the toss.

Tom Lammonby was the only wicket to fall, run out for three after dabbing to the leg side and setting off for a single. He was sent back by Eddie Byrom and was run out by a direct hit by Ian Cockbain running to his left from midwicket.

After that, Tom Abell pulled Matt Taylor through midwicket and drove him down the ground for boundaries in reaching 19 not out. Byrom was unbeaten on 22 when the weather took hold and Somerset were left on 45 for one.

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