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Mullaney shines before showers

See the highlights from Trent Bridge before the rain arrived

Notts Outlaws and Kent Spitfires were both able to maintain their unbeaten starts to the Royal London One-Day Cup after heavy rain prevented a finish in their clash at Trent Bridge.

After earlier interruptions had reduced the contest to 38 overs per side, Notts won the toss and made 228 for seven.

Kent, set 232 under the Duckworth/Lewis method, had reached 48 for two when the wet weather returned, with only eight overs having been bowled by the hosts.

Steven Mullaney had top-scored with 62 from 60 balls for Notts.

The all-rounder, moved up to number three in the order with both Alex Hales and James Taylor away on England Lions duty, had arrived at the wicket in the fourth over, after the early departure of Sam Kelsall.

He was put down on 28, in the covers by Sam Northeast, and was then caught at deep midwicket by Alex Blake but the fielder had to release the ball back into play as he stepped over the ropes.

Within one run of the career-best 63 not out he made against Glamorgan last week, Mullaney hit Mitchell Claydon out to Darren Stevens at long-on. 

Michael Lumb had earlier fallen for 37 but the tempo was maintained by the middle order.

Samit Patel made 33 and both Riki Wessels, 29 from just 18 deliveries, and James Franklin, 30 from 20, twice cleared the ropes in the quest for late runs.

Claydon emerged with the best figures for the Spitfires, taking 3-37, whilst Doug Bollinger claimed 2-69.

Kent lost Daniel Bell-Drummond in the first over of the chase, edging Jake Ball behind.

Northeast should have followed to the same bowler, but was spilled by Patel at second slip.

Ben Harmison crashed 19 from 15 balls, with three fours and a huge six over long-on, off Ball, but he lost his partner just as Kent had moved ahead on D/L.

Northeast's vigorous pull off Ajmal Shahzad was mistimed high into the air and as the bowler took the return catch the conditions deteriorated rapidly, leaving each side to contend themselves with a point.  

Kent move to the top of Group B, with eight points from five matches, whilst the Outlaws sit third in the table, on six points from four matches.

Notts director of cricket Mick Newell said: "It would have been interesting to see how it would have panned out, had we been able to get a full match in.

“I think the wicket of Sam Northeast put us in a very strong position but the umpires had no choice but to come off when they did.

"Ultimately it's a fair result, so we'll take the point and move on."

Kent captain Northeast added: "I think we matched them for most of the game but it's never easy when you have to keep going on and off for the weather.

"I probably didn't help the team's cause by getting out at the end there, but we're still unbeaten, so that doesn't do us any harm and we'll take the point and move on to Sunday.

"We probably just need one more win now to make sure we qualify."

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