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The rain blight returned to the Nottinghamshire Premier League on Saturday with only two games getting underway and neither of them reaching a conclusion.

But the completion of the first innings in both games gave the four competing sides the opportunity to grab some additional bonus points over those sides sat watching the rain fall.

Papplewick welcomed Mansfield Hosiery Mills and they managed to get the game underway only 30 minutes after the scheduled start time of 12.30 pm.

The home side won the toss and elected to field first in a game that was reduced to 46 overs per side.

The Millers closed on 190 for six with the New brothers yet again to the fore. Tom top-scored with 93 and Matt chipped in with an unbeaten 36.

Papplewick’s response was into the 12th over when the heavens opened for the final time bringing the game to a close with the home side standing at 44 for two, Mark Nelson having scored the majority of the runs with an innings of 30.

Mansfield took nine points and Papplewick eight from this curtailed encounter.

At Kimberley, they had to wait until 3.20 pm to get underway with a 35 over per side match.

Again, the home side won the toss and chose to field and Clifton went to the break on 192 for nine with Scott McNeill starring with 53, supported by Tom Lungley (48) and Dom Harvey (33).

Chris Glover was the leading home bowler with figures of 3-40. The Kimberley response was motoring well after 10 overs on 88 for no loss when the rain returned to end the game.

Dan Birch (36 not out) and Akhil Patel (48 not out) were the not out batsmen. Both sides pocketed 10 points.

The league season will be 50% over after next weekend’s round of matches after one third of the games scheduled to take place this year so far have been cancelled or abandoned.