GUELPH, Ont. -- It was the wettest game that Edmonton quarterback Mike Reilly has ever played in, and thats saying something for a guy who played his college football in the rainy state of Washington. "Ive never seen it come down like that, especially for the entire game," said the 28-year-old who led the Eskimos to a 30-20 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday night with two touchdown throws and a 12-yard TD rush in a torrential downpour. "Its tough. The ball gets heavy. Its getting slippery," he said, likening it to trying to catch a watermelon. Edmonton had already jumped out to a 16-0 lead before the rains came and the Ticats were forced to play catch up in awful conditions. That early lead was a "huge" advantage, according to Reilly. "When the weather hit, then it was just a chess match of back and forth and field position," he said. "And at that point in time, if you got a ball in the end zone, then you feel pretty lucky." Reilly completed 14-of-22 pass attempts for 130 yards. It was the Ticats home opener at Alumni Stadium, home to the University of Guelph Gryphons, which was temporarily expanded this season to seat a capacity 13,000 while a new stadium is built in Hamilton. Game attendance for the home opener was announced as 12,612, but most of those made a run for it when the rains came heavy in the second quarter. Hugh Charles had two touchdowns and Fred Stamps added one for Edmonton while CJ Gable and Ed Gant scored for Hamilton. Hamilton kicker Luca Congi made two of three field-goal attempts, from 39 and 26 yards and missed from 42. Edmonton improved to 1-1 after a 39-18 loss to Saskatchewan last week. After putting up 34 points in last weeks 39-34 loss to Toronto, the Ticats (0-2) could only muster 20 points in the weather. "They played with more energy than us," said Hamilton QB Henry Burris, who completed 18-of-35 pass attempts for 229 yards, one TD and two interceptions. "Weve got to do a better job of seizing momentum when we get some momentum. We killed ourselves with penalties. I had the turnover when we were backed up. "Regardless of what conditions we play in, this is football and youre going to have days like this when theres going to be rain. But weve got to be able to respond better than that." Twice, early in the first quarter, Hamilton first downs were called back by offside penalties to receiver Simon Charbonneau-Campeau. Coach Kent Austin was quick to point out, however, that those two penalties werent specifically what cost the Ticats. But they were an example. "Thats the perfect example of two mistakes where we (could) stay on the football field (but) where they get us off the football field," he said. Hamilton had five fumbles on the night -- four of them by Lindsey Lamar on returns, of which he lost one -- and two interceptions. Edmonton fumbled three times and lost it once. 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Just as you shouldnt expect a dentist to turn up to work with a spanner and sledgehammer, so you shouldnt turn up in Mumbai with a pack of seamers and think you have the tools for the job.On a surface on which Indias spinners claimed all 10 of Englands first innings wickets, England found themselves attempting to bounce out the Indian batsman for a while. They didnt take the second new ball until the 130th over and, when they did, they initially placed a field which included one slip and four men on the boundary. There really wasnt anything in the surface or the conditions to help their four seamers.It might be simplistic to conclude that England just misread the surface. While it is true that there was little of the swing, reverse or conventional, for which they might have hoped, they also argued that they have picked a side that plays to their strengths. And it is true that, by most criteria, England have a much deeper and stronger selection of seamers than spinners.But, in these conditions, it left England with an unbalanced attack and some players all but redundant. Really, theyve called for a plumber when they needed an electrician.Not for the first time, either. In the second-innings in Rajkot, Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes contributed nine overs between them. In the second innings in Visakhapatnam, Moeen only bowled 19 deliveries despite the absence of Zafar Ansari due to injury. And, in Mohali, Gareth Batty could have been used as a scarecrow for all the use he was with the ball.It was similar for Woakes here. By the time he took the second new ball, somewhere around 3pm on Saturday, it had been 78 overs and about 23 hours since he had last been required to bowl. He and Ben Stokes have only contributed eight overs each in the first 142 of the India innings; thats the same amount as part-time spinner, Joe Root. It is hard to see how England required both of them as well as James Anderson and Jake Ball.Leading into the game, we thought there might be a bit more in it for the seamers, Joe Root admitted afterwards. But its not quite worked out that way so far.In hindsight, I think we would have liked to play an extra spinner. But it would be silly to think about things that are out of our hands now. Weve just got to make the best of what weve got.But do they need six bowlers? Why, when their batting has been a consistent weakness, do they not pick the extra batsman and put their trust in five bowlers? After all, four bowlers was enough when they won here in 2012 - all but three overs in Indias second innings were bowled by Englands two spinners - and they do have, in Root and Keaton Jennings, respectable support bowlers as required. It was Root, the seventh bowler in Indias innings here, who made the long-awaited double-breakthrough.Part of the problem is the lack of faith England would appear to have in the form of their support batsmen at present. So while they could have picked Gary Ballance or Ben Duckett, they seem to have concluded that neither will make much of a difference. In which case, you wonder why the selectors didnt act after the Bangladesh part of this tour and replace Ballance with a batsman they felt they could trust.Equally, they appear to lack faith in the support spinners. But while Batty was largely redundant in Mohali, he would, at least, have helped carry the bburden for the frontline spinners here.dddddddddddd At one stage, Adil Rashid bowled a 28-over spell (from the 74th to the 128th over) which conceded 88 runs, while Moeen has only once (in Cape Town, when he bowled 52) delivered more than the 45 overs he has so far in this innings. And while both bowled reasonably well - Rashid sometimes finding sharp turn to beat the bat of even Kohli - there were, as expected, too many release deliveries to allow any pressure to build on the batsmen. The smart money suggests Liam Dawson - a left-arm spinner and decent batsman - will make his Test debut in Chennai in place of a seamer.And that is the nub of the problem. For it may well be that there is no combination of players available to England to prevail against India in these conditions. There may well be no left-arm spinner in England that could exploited these conditions to the extent that India could have been kept to under 400 for the first time in their first innings in this series. Virat Kohli and Ravi Ashwin really might be too good for them. It is hard to be wildly optimistic for the future, either. There would be fewer opportunities for red-ball spinners in the brave new world the ECB is planning. There would be no domestic first-class cricket in August (a List A competition would occupy those players not involved in the new T20 competition) and fewer reasons for counties to invest in young spin talents.But England cannot take such a defeatist attitude. And the further this tour progresses, the more it seems they have erred in their selection. It is not so much that the decision not to bring Jack Leach is puzzling, it is that they have chosen not to pick him while persisting with several players - notably Ballance, Steven Finn and, to a lesser extent Duckett - who they clearly have no intention of picking. Leachs reputation, like others before him, may have grown in his absence from the side, but, even if he had batted at No. 11 here and not bowled an over, England would scarcely have been any worse off.Maybe things would not have appeared so bleak had England taken the chances that came their way? Jonny Bairstow missed a stumping opportunity off Murali Vijay when he had 45, Kohli was put down by Rashid - a tough caught and bowled chance - on 68, and Root put down Jayant Yadav on 8. When India were 307 for 6, it looked as if England might take a significant first-innings advantage. Kohli played magnificently, but England will know they had chances and they were unable to take them.Its bitterly disappointing, Root agreed. It just proves that when you create those half-chances, you have to make sure you take them.It wont be any consolation to England, but their supporters might reflect they were fortunate to be part of a perfect Mumbai Saturday. With 20,000 spectators lapping up every run and the red soil and magnificent stadium helping create a unique atmosphere, it was the sort of occasion most present will remember long after the memory of other games fades. England probably didnt give themselves absolutely the best chance of success, but its hard to avoid the conclusion that, whatever they do, this series is going to be defined by Kohlis excellence. He is the difference. ' ' '