Washout ruins first day of second England v India Test

Lord's has suffered its first washout in 17 years as rain prevented any play between England and India on day one of the second Test.

Bad weather set in and never cleared, allowing no opportunity even for the toss and announcement of teams to take place.

It was hoped a forecast improvement would come in time to get under way after tea, but the rain continued - and umpires Marais Erasmus and Aleem Dar announced at 4.50pm that there would be no play.

It is the first time a whole Test match day has been lost to the weather at the home of cricket since May 2001, against Pakistan.

The last washout in England was across the capital at The Oval, on day four in the 2013 Ashes.

England lead the five-match series 1-0 after their thrilling 31-run win at Edgbaston last weekend.

Rain covers protect the pitch as rain delays the start of play on the first day of the second test match between England and India at Lord's
Rain covers protect the pitch as rain delays the start of play on the first day of the second test match between England and India at Lord's Source: Associated Press


NZ born England cricketer Ben Stokes tells court he joined fracas to protect duo who were being abused with homophobic slurs

England cricketer Ben Stokes has told a jury he joined a fracas after hearing two revellers shout homophobic abuse at two gay men in Bristol.

The allrounder, 27, is accused of knocking out two friends, Ryan Hale and Ryan Ali, during an alleged fight in Bristol on September 25.

Stokes, who plays for Durham, is standing trial at Bristol Crown Court jointly accused of affray alongside Ali.

Hale was found not guilty of the same charge by the jury on the direction of the judge.

The cricketer denied claims he mocked two gay men, Kai Barry and William O'Connor, outside the Mbargo nightclub and flicked a cigarette butt at them.

He insisted he had instead stepped in to protect Barry and O'Connor after hearing Hale and Ali, who had a glass beer bottle, shout homophobic abuse at them.

"Mr Hale and Mr Ali were shouting homophobic comments towards these two and in return Mr O'Connor and Mr Barry were going back to them," Stokes told the jury.

"They weren't obviously going to let them say what they were saying. I stepped in. [I said] 'You shouldn't take the piss because they are gay'.

"I was told by Mr Ali along the lines of 'Shut the f*** up or I will bottle you'.

The NZ-born all-rounder was accused of knocking two men unconscious in September last year. Source: Reuters

"As soon as I see Mr Ali swing the bottle at someone and physically hit them with it, that's when I took the decision that I needed to get involved.

The court heard Stokes was in Bristol at the time of the incident, having played a one-day international against the West Indies.

Under direction from his barrister, Gordon Cole QC, Stokes held up his hands and showed the jury injuries sustained from playing his sport.

The cricketer said he consumed about three or four pints of lager and five or six vodka and lemonades on the evening.

However, they were refused entry by door supervisor Andrew Cunningham as it was after 2am.

Stokes said the cricketers offered Cunningham around PS60 or PS70 ($104 or $120) to get them into the club, which was turned down.

"I said to him 'Come on mate, I've got shit tattoos as well, let us back in'," he told the court.

"I am constantly getting told by teammates and by who I play with that I have got shit tattoos."

He denied making a V-sign to Cunningham, calling him a c*** or mentioning his four gold front teeth.

The English all-rounder allegedly insulted, mocked and threw a cigarette at two gay men. Source: 1 NEWS



Watch: Colin Munro blasts four straight boundaries in CPL opener as stellar innings leads side to victory

Colin Munro has gotten his Caribbean Premier League campaign off to the perfect start, earning man of the match honours after his stellar innings guided the Trinbago Knight Riders to a big win over the St Lucia Stars.

The Black Caps batsman fired off a top score of 68 from 48 deliveries in the CPL curtain-raiser at Queens Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago this afternoon with nine boundaries and a six helping him build his innings.

Fellow Kiwi Brendon McCullum wasn't as dangerous, earning 13 runs off 11 balls before Kieron Pollard bowled him.

Munro was finally dismissed by Pollard as well in the 15th over but not before the damage was done as the Knight Riders went on to post 195/6 in the first innings.

In reply, the Stars struggled immensely, eventually getting bowled out for 95 in 17.3 overs.

David Warner was one of many in the St Lucia line up who failed to crack double digits with the banned Australian opener posting just nine runs before he was bowled by Javon Searles.

The next Kiwis in action in the Caribbean tournament are Luke Ronchi and Anton Devcich who will play for the Amazon Warriors and Patriots respectively tomorrow afternoon.