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Play abandoned on Day 1 of 4th Test

cricket Updated: Jun 16, 2007 12:03 IST

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The fourth and final Test between England and West Indies was abandoned without a ball being bowled because of rain at the Riverside in England on Friday.

Umpires Billy Bowden of New Zealand and Aleem Dar of Pakistan called the game off for the day following an inspection at 12.30 pm local time (1130GMT).

Heavy rain on Friday morning meant the pitch and square were all fully covered, with the toss not taking place as players waited in the pavilion.

A spokesman for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said the value of refunding what had been expected to be a sell-out 15,600 crowd was 640,000 pounds but that this would be met by their insurance policy.

The match is now set to resume on Saturday at 11.00 am (1000GMT).

England have already won the series, going 2-0 up with one to play after their 60-run win in the third Test at Old Trafford completed on Monday.

West Indies have won just two of their last 38 Tests.