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    Derby experienced its first complete washout since 1981
Derby experienced its first complete washout since 1981
The weather refused to play ball at Derby. Source: Getty Images

Derby experienced its first complete washout since 1981

The start of the new season at Derby was disappointing as the Vitality County Championship match between Derbyshire and Gloucestershire was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Heavy rain in the weeks leading up to the match, followed by more bad weather over the four days, left the outfield at the County Ground saturated and unfit for first-class cricket. More rain fell on Sunday night. Following an inspection, umpires Ian Blackwell and Neil Pratt abandoned the match at 9.45 am on Monday.

It was the first time a County Championship match at Derby had been abandoned without a ball being bowled. The last time was against Nottinghamshire in May 1981.

Both teams have earned eight points and will now look forward to better weather in their upcoming fixtures. Gloucestershire will host Yorkshire at Bristol, while Derbyshire will face Glamorgan at Cardiff on Friday.

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