Rain ruined most of today’s Clydesdale Bank 40 action, with the Unicorns’ match against Sussex; Middlesex’s against the Netherlands; and Yorkshire’s against Northamptonshire all abandoned without a ball bowled. Meanwhile, only eight overs were possible at The Oval, where Surrey, courtesy of cameos from Rory Hamilton-Brown (38 not out from 26 balls) and Steve Davies (25 from 14), reached 76 for one before the rain returned to wipe out their match against Hampshire.
Only up at Durham, was a result possible, with the home side trouncing Nottinghamshire by 91 runs. Durham posted an imposing 310 for four from their 40 overs, mainly thanks to the start given to them by openers Mark Stoneman and Phil Mustard, who added 183 for the first wicket. Stoneman eventually fell to Samit Patel (two for 49) for a run a ball 72, with Mustard falling shortly afterwards for 100 from just 67 balls. The rest of the Durham batsmen all contributed cameos, with returning captain Dale Benkenstein’s 39 not out from 19 balls the pick of them.
Chris Rushworth struck five times with the new ball to render the Outlaws’ run chase over almost before it had begun, as he reduced them to 43 for five, finding enough movement from the pitch to exploit some glaring technical deficiencies in the Nottinghamshire upper order. Adam Voges and Paul Franks both hit half centuries to avoid total embarrassment for the visitors, but they were finally all out for 219 in the 38th over.
Group A, CB40, Essex v Gloucestershire at Chelmsford (all matches start at 1245 GMT)
Ryan ten Doeschate finally returns from his spell in the IPL to take his place in the home side’s 14-man squad. He is joined by Ravi Bopara, Tymal Mills and David Masters among others. Gloucestershire have named two spinners, Jack Taylor and Ed Young, in their 12-man squad, with Jonathan Batty again preferred to Richard Coughtrie.
Group A, CB40, Leicestershire v Netherlands at Grace Road
Group B, CB40, Hampshire v Scotland at Southampton
The Royals have named the same 12-man squad that were unable to get any play today at The Oval, while Scotland have replaced Fraser Watts with Freddie Coleman from the squad that lost to Durham last weekend.
Group B, CB40, Nottinghamshire v Somerset at Trent Bridge
Group C, CB40, Derbyshire v Warwickshire at Derby
Weather Forecast: The forecast for tomorrow is markedly better, with widespread sunshine expected with only the occasional shower. It will, however, still be cool, with highs of around 15 degrees Celsius.
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