Cricket
Rain halts Pears' run chase

By Tim Clarke 23/04 Updated: 27/04 10:07

THE WEATHER had the final say as heavy rain denied Worcestershire the chance of an exciting run chase in their drawn game against Surrey at the Kia Oval.

The players were forced off at 3.30pm on the final day with Worcestershire 94-1 chasing a target of 246 to secure their first LV=County Championship victory of the season.

The visitors looked well set with Michael Klinger 69 not out having notched up his first half century for the club during an opening stand of 94 with captain Daryl Mitchell (20).

But the players never emerged again after tea and the match was abandoned as a draw to add to the frustration of Day 1's washout and Day 2 when only 35 overs were possible.

The Pears had earlier set up the opportunity of an exciting run chase after bowling Surrey out for 224 in their second innings with Alan Richardson claiming the scalp of Rory Hamilton-Brown (76) to complete another ten wicket match haul.

Added to Surrey's 21 run first innings lead that left Worcestershire with the task of chasing 246 and the visitors looked well placed to achieve this thanks to Mitchell and Klinger's opening stand before the heavens opened.

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