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Rain plays havoc with CB40 schedule

ESPN staff
June 3, 2012
Rory Hamilton-Brown was going along nicely before the rain intervened © Getty Images

Phil Mustard and his cousin Chris Rushworth were the stars of Durham's 91-run win against Nottinghamshire in their Clydesdale Bank 40 clash.

Mustard thrashed a century off 66 balls as Durham amassed 310 for 4 after being put in, then Rushworth took all the wickets in reducing the visitors to 43 for 5. The 25-year-old seamer had 5 for 13 at that point, but finished with 5 for 31 as Nottinghamshire were eventually bowled out for 219 after Adam Voges and Paul Franks had fought back.

Surrey captain Rory Hamilton-Brown hit 38 off 26 balls but it was all in vain after the clash with Hampshire was abandoned because of rain at the Oval.

The match had already been reduced to 29 overs when Hamilton-Brown and Steve Davies mocked Hampshire's decision to put Surrey in by racing to 61 in six overs.

Hamilton-Brown made his intentions plain by hitting the third ball of the match from Dmitri Mascarenhas straight back over his head for four and handed out similar treatment to Kabir Ali at the other end. Davies was also going well with 25 off 14 balls including five fours when he was superbly caught by Liam Dawson at slip off Danny Briggs' third ball but the rain then came after eight overs.

Rain at Lord's today prevented Holland, the shock Group A leaders, from having the chance to add Middlesex to their impressive list of conquests in this season's competition.

No play at all was possible, despite a break in the weather in mid-afternoon which encouraged the teams to warm up on the outfield and the MCC groundstaff to peel back the covers and start to finish their pitch preparations. But, before the two sides could toss up and name their line-ups, rain began to fall again and, at just before 5pm, the match was abandoned.

Both Middlesex and Holland take one point apiece, giving the Dutch a total of nine points this season as they sit atop Group A table having won four of their previous five games. Middlesex, who are the only team to beat Holland in this year's CB40 so far after winning the first meeting between the two in Voorburg a fortnight ago, now have five points from their five group matches.

Persistent rain throughout the morning and into the afternoon caused Yorkshire's match against Northamptonshire at Headingley to be called off less than half-an-hour after the scheduled starting time.

It took only a brief visit to the middle by umpires Peter Hartley and Martin Saggers to ascertain that there was no chance of the ground drying out in time for a contest, even if the rain were to stop. The two sides played out a draw in an LV= County Championship Division Two match which ended on Saturday.

No play was possible due to rain in Group C leaders Sussex's scheduled away game against the Unicorns at Southend-on-Sea.Both teams pick up one point for a 'no result', ending Sussex's 100% start from their first three matches but leaving them a point ahead of Warwickshire at the summit. The Unicorns have four points from six games and are one behind Yorkshire.

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