RAIN prevented any play on day two of the Specsavers County Championship Division Two match between Worcestershire and Lancashire at Blackfinch New Road.

Only 38.1 overs were possible on the opening day and the picture was even bleaker weather-wise on Tuesday.

Torrential overnight and morning rain left puddles strewn across parts of the outfield.

Umpires Rob Bailey and Mark Newell called off play for the day at 1.25pm.

Yesterday saw Lancashire bowl out the home side for 98 after an uncontested toss.

England pacemen past and present in Jimmy Anderson and Graham Onions both picked up four wickets under leaden skies in helpful conditions.

Ed Barnard top-scored with 32 for Worcestershire but there was no time for Lancashire to launch their reply before the heavens opened Worcestershire will now look to strike back with the ball tomorrow if the weather relents.

Club captain Joe Leach said: “It is frustrating to have the weather intervene. You spend a lot of time sitting around in the dressing room.

“But it is something we can’t control. It was the perfect storm yesterday as well with the conditions and the high-quality attack.”