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Weather the winner at Derby

Ricky Ponting watched the runs flow and the rain fall as his Surrey debut ended in a soggy anti-climax when the Yorkshire Bank 40 match against Derbyshire Falcons at Derby fell victim to the weather.

After a lengthy delay had resulted in the game being reduced to 19 overs a side, Surrey dashed to 100 for one from nine overs on the back of a stunning 50 from Steven Davies and Jason Roy’s unbeaten 42.

However, the rain then returned to prevent any further action and deny Ponting the opportunity to take the field.

In the brief passage of play that was possible, Davies and Roy made hay against some wayward bowling.

The tone was set when Wes Durston’s opening over of off-spin was taken for 10 and Surrey continued to score freely thereafter as Derbyshire’s seamers struggled badly for consistency.

While the aggressive Roy played a number of eye-catching shots, particularly in an Alex Hughes over that brought 23 runs, it was opening partner Davies who demonstrated the greater fluency.

The left-handed wicketkeeper exuded class and appeared equally comfortable against spin and seam during an effortless knock that featured nine fours.

Immediately after bringing up a 21-ball half-century, Davies played his first false stroke facing Peter Burgoyne and was well caught by Wayne Madsen, running back from mid-off.

That ended an opening stand of 97 in eight overs, but only six more balls were possible - with Azhar Mahmood joining Roy - before a heavy shower forced the teams off.

The weather improved enough for umpires Michael Gough and Neil Bainton to decide the match could resume at 9.30pm - but another burst of rain ensured that was not possible.

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