Snow joke for Hampshire ‘warm-up’

Jonny Bairstow, right, thanks skipper Eoin Morgan. Picture: Neil Marshall

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Hampshire’s pre-season match with Surrey was delayed today – because of snow.

The unusual freezing weather for this time of year hit the county’s preparations for the new season as a light flurry of snow in the afternoon forced players off at the Ageas Bowl, with the visitors 99 without loss.

The match eventually resumed a couple of hours later but players were forced to wear gloves and thermals in a bid to keep warm.

Hampshire, who ended 14 for one when they had a bat, are currently playing a two-day match against Surrey – consisting of two innings of 45 overs – as they close in on their County Championship opener at home to Leicestershire, which starts next Wednesday.

Fortunately, the weather is expected to warm up by then.

With the cricket season traditionally starting in April, matches being delayed because of snow is a rarity.

The last notorious game to be hit was way back in 1975 when snow stopped play at The Park in a County Championship match involving Derbyshire and Lancashire – despite the encounter being played in June.