Chris Rushworth: The rain's not just a real pain but also a strain

Durham have had the rough end of fixtures so far, and the rain seems intent on stopping them turning things around

Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes
Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes

So another week has passed us by in this year’s County Championship and we’ve seen more rain.

Durham’s four-day game against Nottinghamshire was abandoned as a draw without a ball bowled on yesterday’s final day.

With all the interruptions we had for the weather, we weren’t even able to get enough overs in for either side to claim the full set of bonus points from our first innings.

The result apart, it was a pretty good game for us. Ben Stokes made his comeback from a broken wrist with wickets and runs, Gordon Muchall scored his first County Championship century for three years, making 158 not out, and 19-year-old fast bowler Gavin Main took three wickets on his First-Class debut.

But if my maths are correct we’ve lost around 450 overs to the weather this year already.

It’s starting to feel a bit like 2012, and that was a dreadful summer.

We are now six games down and without a win on the board, so we could really do without the rain turning up as often as it is. I think I’m almost as sick of the rain as I am of our team bus!

We’ve had three away games on the bounce, at Hove, Taunton and this week in Nottingham. It’s fair to say we’ve had the rough end of the fixtures so far and it doesn’t get any easier, or make any more sense come to think of it!

We have a home Twenty20 match tonight against Lancashire then for some bizarre reason we have to drive back to Trent Bridge to play Notts again tomorrow night. I don’t see why they couldn’t tie that fixture to the end of the Championship game.

I can’t speak for all the lads but being stuck on the coach for so long and so often isn’t really doing the body any good, and it’s coincided with a few injuries to our squad. I can’t say that’s the reasons they’ve picked up injuries but it’s certainly playing it’s part.
Thankfully after this week we have some time at home before we have to spend more hours on the bus.

There’s some fantastic cricket to come and see tonight against a very strong Lancashire side, and I’m pleased to see Durham are offering two-for-one tickets for adults, and £1 seats for children, so I hope we’ll have a big crowd there to cheer us on. If you are going, don’t forget to wear red!

Who knows, Lancashire’s already-formidable Twnety20 line-up could be strengthened by the inclusion of Andrew Flintoff.

The former all-rounder retired from the game after helping England to win the 2009 Ashes and although nothing’s been confirmed just yet, it seems like he could make a Lancashire comeback some time in the next few weeks – or maybe days!

From what I see and hear on the grapevine he’s been in training for most of the winter and early season and he’s hitting the ball quite

He was on the outfield at Headingley this week, bowling during the breaks in the Roses match there.

I’m sure Flintoff won’t play until he’s absolutely convinced he’s ready, so if he’s included then I’m sure it will boost the Lancashire side.

It can only be a good thing for the game as I’m sure his return will get everyone interested and it will bring some good coverage to the game.


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