JOE Carrasco highlighted the positives as his opening game as Shropshire captain ultimately ended with frustration at the hands of the weather.

The Oswestry batsman was encouraged with his side’s performance as they emerged with 11 points, two more than visitors Dorset, from a drawn Unicorns Championship clash at Shrewsbury’s London Road ground.

No play was possible on the third and final day owing to heavy rain, but Carrasco saw enough from his team on the first two days to be optimistic moving forward.

“It was a positive experience,” said Carrasco, on stepping up to lead Shropshire for the first time.

"Midway through the second day when the sun came out, we had to grind through a few overs and that was the toughest period, but everyone responded very well, and we were on top for large portions of the game.

“Despite the weather, it was still a positive display for us and there are a lot of positives to take going forward.”

On the final day being washed out, Carrasco admitted: “It’s frustrating, but there’s nothing we can do about the weather.

“We were in a good position having managed to restrict them to under 325, which was a very good effort because the deck was very flat once the sun on the second day had come on to it.

“I felt we were on top throughout the game, which was a positive, but with the weather as it was, we obviously couldn’t try to force a result.

"We can look to go again next time and we’ve wrapped up nearly as many bonus points as we could.”

Shropshire are quickly back in action with their second championship match of the season, which starts on July 7, taking them to Banbury to face Oxfordshire.

Carrasco said: “It will be nice to get back into it and hopefully get a full game in this time.

“We want to keep the ball rolling with hopefully another very strong batting display and the bowlers to hit their areas consistently again as they did in the first innings here.”