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Chelmsford clash abandoned

Only 13 balls were possible at Chelmsford where rain forced the Friends Life t20 South Group fixture between Essex Eagles and Hampshire Royals to be abandoned when Essex were 18 for one.

The weather had already delayed the start from the scheduled 7pm start time until 8.40pm with the match reduced to 11 overs per side and the home side put into bat by the current Twenty20 champions.

Hamish Rutherford soon rewarded the home crowd’s patience when he flicked away the second delivery of the match over fine-leg for six and off the last ball of the same over from Dimitri Mascarenhas, the New Zealand opener and left-hander again cleared the ropes, this time hoisting the ball over the midwicket boundary.

Fourteen runs were collected from the first over but then Sohail Tanvir struck with his second delivery when Tom Westley, still to get off the mark, edged to Sean Ervine at slip.

Mark Pettini got his score moving when he dispatched the last ball of the over to the long-leg boundary but a sharp shower sent the players scurrying from the field.

They returned after 10 minutes with the match now reduced to a 10 overs per side affair, but only one more delivery was possible before heavy rain descended.

This time there was no improvement in the weather and umpires Neil Bainton and Steve O’Shaughnessy had little option but to abandon the match.

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