It never rains but it pours for White & Co

Giles White. Picture: Neil Marshall
Giles White. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Giles White surveyed another day of rain frustration for his Hampshire troops and admitted: It’s the worst I’ve known it.

The Hampshire manager has seen a staggering 550 overs lost to the weather in just three-and-a-half games so far this campaign as day two of the Championship clash with Northamptonshire was abandoned without a ball bowled yesterday.

While White is still hopeful there is enough time left in the game for his men to chase a victory, the dismal early-campaign conditions have made for a fairly-miserable start to the cricket season with so many games affected by the rain.

White said: ‘It’s been another frustrating day for us but it’s been like that all season so far.

‘We’ve lost that number of overs already this season but we’re not alone.

‘Everyone has suffered and I haven’t known a season start like this one – it’s the worst I’ve known it.

‘It’s been relentless. You turn up thinking things have to change but it’s just grey and raining all the time.

‘But you can’t do anything about it. Hopefully, we get a nice, dry summer.’

Even though both sides will be playing catch-up on day three, White insisted there had been no discussions between the captains on declarations or setting targets to make a game of it as yet.

He said: ‘We feel there is still a lot of cricket to be played in this game and there are still plenty of overs left.

‘The weather needs to perk up a bit but we will be looking to build on what we’ve done so far.

‘We haven’t got to the stage of having any discussions to manufacture a result yet.

‘We’ve been spending a lot of time in the changing room and we’re desperate to play some cricket as I’m sure Northants are.’

White also believes the recent last-gasp win at Glamorgan is now looking even more important amid such a slow start to the county season.

He said: ‘I don’t think a spell like this affects how the season will pan out. A lot of sides are in the same boat.

‘But we’ve managed to get that win under our belt at a rainy Cardiff and I think that is gold dust.

‘Now we need to pick up as many points as we can from this one and try to force a result in this one.

‘We’ve done a bit of work in the nets, we’ve relaxed in the changing room and we’ve drunk a fair few cups of coffee!

‘But when we know we are going to get out there and play, we switch on.’