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Rain wrecks England victory bid.

RAIN ruined England A's chances of victory in the first unofficial Test against Zimbabwe in Harare yesterday.

Glamorgan's Darren Thomas had bowled England into a strong position by taking a career best 8-50 in the first innings - the best return by an England bowler at this level.

He also took the only wicket to have fallen in the second innings, and was set to record the first 10-wicket match haul of his career, but rain made play impossible on the final day.

Tour manager Phil Neale said: "Having got some play on the fourth day we were hopeful of a full day when we could still produce some interesting cricket, but when we awoke to constant rain, we knew that it was a forlorn hope. It was a frustrating end to the match.

"We were delighted for Darren Thomas with his eight wickets but the amount of cricket being lost to the weather is a bit of a concern.

"We can't do anything about it, and it is frustrating, but hopefully by the time we get to South Africa it will all be a dim and distant memory."

Lancashire made a profit of pounds 277,000 last year when they completed the NatWest Trophy and Sunday League double and finished runners-up in the Championship.

Their 68-bedroom hotel complex and new media centre are on target to be completed by the start of the season.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Feb 7, 1999
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