RAIN put pay to a fight back from Lancaster in their third of a string of three games at Lune Road.
Early on Darwen openers John Cordingley and promoted second teamer Danny Fradd made a positive start putting on 96 or the first wicket at almost five runs per over.
It was only when skipper Michael Stevens trapped his opposite number Cordingley that the game looked like being any sort of contest.
Ben Simm’s switch of ends in tandem with Alex Metcalfe heralded success as while Darwen continued to build their score, they were checked by the regular fall of wickets.
Metcalfe removed Fradd six short of his maiden first team 50 as he walked past a dipping leg-break, while Simm accounted for an out-of-touch Mohammed Zaman Khan with a classic arm ball.
The Darwen total could have been lower had it not been for some sloppy fielding from the home side.
Cameos from Mark Emery and Nathan Jackson ensured Darwen reached a sizable total on a pitch that was beginning to turn square.
Simm and Metcalfe bowled 33 of the innings overs claiming seven of the eight wickets to fall and ensured the visitors’ total wasn’t out of sight.
Unfortunately, as the 48th over was due to commence, steady light rain set in for the day spelling frustration for both sides.
The already high water table meant that the ground couldn’t take much more moisture and as a result the points were shared.
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