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Headingley Carnegie rain

Heavy rain at Headingley Carnegie denies the possibility of play between Yorkshire and Northamptonshire in the Friends Life t20

Rain prevented play in four of today’s five Friends Life t20 matches and the one that had action - Durham at home to Derbyshire - was ultimately abandoned.

The visitors made 169 for five from 20 overs before rain stopped play. Following the early loss of Wes Durston to Graham Onions, Martin Guptill and Chesney Hughes struck 44 and 48 respectively.

Wayne Madsen top-scored with 54 from 27 balls, featuring seven fours and a six, before becoming the first of two wickets for Paul Collingwood. However, Durham were unable to reply.

Somerset’s clash with Hampshire at Taunton, a repeat of last year’s final and today’s only South Group match, was the first to be called off.

Worcestershire against Lancashire at New Road, Yorkshire versus Northamptonshire at Headingley Carnegie and Leicestershire against Warwickshire at Grace Road soon followed.

Lancashire’s washout delayed England seamer James Anderson’s return from the side strain he sustained in the first npower Test versus Sri Lanka at Cardiff last month.

That is now likely to be in the third Test at the Rose Bowl, starting on Thursday, after Anderson was this morning named in England’s squad.