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Symes stars before rain arrives

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Defending champions Surrey were forced to share the points with Scotland after rain ruined their Clydesdale Bank 40 encounter at the Kia Oval.

Only 23 overs were possible before the weather closed in with the visitors having recovered to be 124 for four.

Surrey’s new-ball pairing of Jade Dernbach and Stuart Meaker had threatened to blow the Scots away as they were reduced to 46 for four.

An unbroken stand of 78 between Jean Symes and Preston Mommsen slowed Surrey’s progress before the rain halted it completely.

Jean Symes & Steven Davies

Jean Symes strikes 58 from 50 balls, but his efforts proved in vain as rain ruined Scotland's CB40 clash with defending champions Surrey

Scotland’s South African overseas signing Symes batted particularly well for his 58 not out, reaching his half-century from just 46 balls, while Mommsen - who has played in the LV= County Championship for Leicestershire this summer - was 30 not out from 33 deliveries when the weather closed in.

The point was enough to give Surrey sole ownership of the top position in Group B, while Scotland collected a fourth point of the campaign to stay fifth.

The visitors had been in immediate trouble when Meaker made the initial strike, forcing Calum MacLeod to glove a ferocious lifter straight up into the air and into the gloves of wicketkeeper Steven Davies.

Dernbach then made a double strike in the seventh over of the innings.

Josh Davey, on seven and attempting to pull, spliced a simple catch to mid-on, before Dernbach seamed one back into Craig Wallace's pads to have him lbw for a duck.

But left-hander Symes, in at number five, then pulled Dernbach for four and lofted and cut Murali Kartik's left-arm spin for further fours as he led the Scotland fightback.

Ewan Chalmers, who made 10 as the total was doubled, fell to Kartik when he presented the former India Test bowler with a straightforward return catch, but Mommsen then came in to join Symes in a spirited partnership.

Symes included seven fours in his fifty, and had just scythed the recalled Meaker for six over the short third man boundary when a fine drizzle turned to heavier rain and the players were forced from the field, never to return

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