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Rain rules after Hales storm

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Nottinghamshire and the Welsh Dragons shared the points as rain ensured their final Clydesdale Bank 40 Group B match was abandoned with no result at Trent Bridge.

Notts had scored a hefty 264 for six, with England Twenty20 opener Alex Hales falling six short of a well-deserved century after hitting seven fours and three sixes.

The 23-year-old shared a first-wicket partnership of 114 with Neil Edwards, who contributed 58 - his first half-century in one-day cricket for the hosts.

All of Glamorgan's bowlers came in for punishment, with England Lions seamer James Harris conceding 60 from eight overs and dropping two catches.

Mark Wallace & Alex Hales

Alex Hales goes on the attack as Nottinghamshire piled up 264 for six of which the opener struck 94 from 87 balls at Trent Bridge

Rain delayed the start of the Welsh Dragons’ innings, leaving a revised target of 257 off 38 overs to chase. But another heavy downpour in the sixth over saw the game abandoned with the visitors on 20 for none.

The Dragons had only won five games in one-day cricket this season going into the match, and it was easy to see why in the first half of Notts' innings as Hales and Edwards were offered easy pickings to keep the scoreboard moving at more than a run a ball.

Edwards had just hit John Glover over long-off for six when he was dismissed, caught by Harris attempting to repeat the stroke.

The wicket did not slow Hales, who hit two straight maximums - one into a hospitality box and the second bouncing back off the press facility window - before sweeping Andrew Salter over square-leg and cutting the off-spinner for four.

Just when a hundred looked on the cards, however, Hales missed a full-toss and was bowled by Salter, who then also castled Adam Voges through the gate first ball.

James Taylor added 40 before miscuing to midwicket, with Scott Elstone and Riki Wessels falling.

Glamorgan openers Gareth Rees and Mark Wallace were kept largely in check by Nottinghamshire’s opening bowlers, Harry Gurney and Darren Pattinson, before the rain had the final say.

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