Weather ruins Windies warm-up clash

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The West Indies will be hoping the rain stays away in the second tour match against the England Lions after only 34 overs were bowled during their clash against Sussex.

The West Indies will be hoping the rain stays away in the second tour match against the England Lions after only 34 overs were bowled during their clash against Sussex.

With only 18 overs sent down on day two following a complete washout on the opening day, the tourists were hoping for clear skies on Monday but the weather gods once again refused to play along.

Starting the day on 46 for two, opener Kieran Powell and Darren Bravo eased their side to 67 before the former edged an outswinger from Naved Arif to England wicketkeeper Matt Prior in the 25th over.

Bravo and new man Chanderpaul look comfortable out in the middle, but the bad weather returned and the umpire decided to call a halt to the day's play and the match with the score on 90 for three.

The Windies' second tour match against the Lions starts at Northampton on Thursday, which means the tourists will have just four more days' match practice before the first Test gets underway on May 17 at Lord's.

The visitors are confident that Assad Fudadin, Narsingh Deonarine and Marlon Samuels will be available for the warm-up game. The trio were forced to miss the Sussex clash due to visa problems.

"We are not concerned about it," a spokesperson for the Windies team said. "We are hopeful that they will be here in time for the (England) Lions match."

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