Pakistan hopeful for play in Canterbury

Poor weather early this week affected cricket at the St Lawrence

Pakistan will be hoping for play today at Canterbury’s St Lawrence Ground after rain wiped out two days of cricket.

Less than a full day from three scheduled has been possible at the ground after as a result of atrocious weather.

Mickey Arthur’s young tourists had scored 168 all out in cool and windy conditions on Saturday.

Imam-ul-Haq, nephew of Pakistani great and international selector Inzamam, top scored with 61.

Will Gidman was the pick of the bowlers with 5-47.

Kent replied with 39-1 before an early finish that saw Daniel Bell-Drummond the sole batsman dismissed.

Light drizzle throughout the day cancelled any play on Sunday while torrential rain and wind meant none was possible yesterday either.

Pictures from the ground showed it covered and waterlogged.

But today is clear with only patchy cloud and no forecast of rain.

The tourists will be hoping for vital cricket ahead of their first Test against England at Lord’s starting on May 24.

From here Pakistan travel to Northamptonshire for another warm up match before crossing the Irish Sea for Ireland’s inaugural Test match on May 11 to 15.

Kent have so far won one and lost one of their 2018 County Championships matches.

Their next game begins against Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on Friday. Glamorgan lie third in Division 2 having won one and drawn one of their opening two matches.

The Welsh side have 30 points so far this season. Kent lie in seventh place with 22.

Warwickshire and Derbyshire are the early leaders while Durham prop up the table.


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