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Rain ends Surrey's perfect start

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Surrey dropped their first points of this season’s Clydesdale Bank 40 despite an impressive start with the bat from captain Rory Hamilton-Brown as rain forced their Group B game with Hampshire to be abandoned.

After the match was reduced to 29 overs and Surrey were put in, Hamilton-Brown bludgeoned 38 off 26 balls before the weather called a halt to proceedings with the score on 76 for one.

Fellow opener Steven Davies had made 25 when Liam Dawson took a smart catch at slip off Danny Briggs.

Elsewhere in Group B, Chris Rushworth took a List A-best 5-31 as Durham demolished Nottinghamshire, securing a 91-run victory at the Emirates Durham ICG in the only game not to be disrupted by the elements.

After putting on a first-wicket stand of 207 in the Dynamos’ last 40-over clash with Scotland, opening pair Mark Stoneman and Phil Mustard picked up where they left off.

Rory Hamilton-Brown

Rory Hamilton-Brown makes hay en route to 38 not out until rain ended Surrey's hopes of gaining victory against Hampshire

They added 183 before Stoneman fell to Samit Patel for 72 and in the next over Mustard was bowled by Andy Carter straight after reaching 100 in just 66 deliveries.

Some astute batting at the end of the innings from wise heads Paul Collingwood and Dale Benkenstein, who were unbeaten on 25 and 39 respectively, saw Durham finish with 310 for four.

Rushworth wasted no time setting about the big names at the top of the order, taking Michael Lumb’s wicket for one with his first ball before bowling the scoreless Alex Hales in the next over.

Riki Wessels, Patel and James Taylor completed Rushworth’s list of victims before Adam Voges and Paul Franks restored some credibility for Notts with half-centuries.

Voges’ fine knock concluded on 74 when Will Smith caught him on the rope and Ben Stokes uprooted Franks’ off stump three balls later after he had made 57.

Mustard completed his memorable afternoon by stumping Carter for the final wicket as the Outlaws were dismissed with 13 balls unused.

The weather scuppered the Netherlands’ chances of gaining revenge on Middlesex at Lord’s.

The Group A leaders had won four of their opening five matches, with an eight-wicket defeat to the Panthers their only loss to date.

But their hopes of vengeance in London were dashed as, despite the players warming up on the outfield, the match was abandoned late in the afternoon without ever starting.

It was a familiar story at Southend-On-Sea where Group C leaders Sussex also lost their perfect record as the contest with the Unicorns was washed out following a series of pitch inspections.

Northamptonshire’s hopes of gaining their first victory in the competition were put on hold after rain ensured their clash with Yorkshire at Headingley Carnegie was called off less than half an hour after it was due to start.

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