NatWest T20 Blast: Lancashire v Glamorgan rescheduled for Saturday
Last Updated: 02/08/14 11:27am
Emirates Old Trafford: Outfield not fit for play on Friday night
The NatWest T20 Blast quarter-final between Lancashire and Glamorgan has been postponed until Saturday due to heavy rain in Manchester.
A downpour left the outfield saturated at Emirates Old Trafford, forcing Friday night’s contest to be called off even before the scheduled start time of 6.30pm had passed.
The match has been re-scheduled for 2pm on Saturday at the same venue.
Lancashire are the favourites to make it to Finals Day even though they will have to face Glamorgan without big-hitting batsman Jos Buttler or star bowler Junaid Khan.
If the weather forecasters are correct and the rain continues to fall, a decision will be taken between the two counties and the England and Wales Cricket Board as to whether there is a bowl out on Saturday or they move it into a second reserve day on Sunday.
The ground will host the fourth Test between England and India, starting next Thursday, which could yet lead to further complication.
Of the chances of the match going into Sunday, umpire Peter Hartley said: "It is not set in concrete, there is still room for negotiation. But the club (Lancashire) would like to get it finished on Saturday.
"There are certain regulations about playing on the ground so close to the Test match beginning."
Lancashire cricket director Mike Watkinson added: "The ECB have been pretty flexible. We're doing everything we can to get the game through tomorrow, and they've given us a big window, looking to start at 2pm with a normal cut-off at 9.45pm.
"We've got as big a chance as possible to get the game done tomorrow, which we want.
"We've got a Test match here starting on Thursday, and the quality of the playing surface for that is crucial for us. We think we've got a good pitch out there. We're obviously mindful of protecting that.
"If we can avoid playing on Sunday, that would be fantastic."