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Rain rules at Trent Bridge

Trent Bridge rain

The elements eventually prevailed at Trent Bridge, after Kent had raced to 78 for two from 6.1 overs in a 10-over game

Kent were denied the chance to claim their first win in the Clydesdale Bank 40 as heavy rain forced the abandonment of their match with Nottinghamshire.

Valiant efforts by the Trent Bridge groundstaff to get the outfield fit for a game finally resulted in a 10-over thrash beginning at 6pm, with home captain Chris Read opting to field after winning the toss.

Spitfires’ openers Joe Denly and Rob Key smashed 73 runs off the first five overs to put the visitors firmly in charge, only for more rain to intervene seven balls later and leave the sides to take a point each.

Key hit 44 from just 18 balls, with three sixes and five fours, while Denly made 28 from 14 deliveries, with both batsmen outfoxed by slower balls in the same over from Notts all-rounder Steven Mullaney.

Notts spinners Graeme White and Samit Patel suffered the most in the onslaught, conceding 20 and 18 runs respectively from their solitary overs.

Mullaney pegged back Kent’s momentum but, once the rain returned and with dark skies surrounding Trent Bridge, there was no choice but to abandon the game.

Notts have three points from their opening three matches, while Kent are one point worse off having seen two of their three Group C fixtures lost to the weather.