Royal London One-Day Cup: Rain hits Sunday's fixtures; Sussex beat Somerset in only completed game
Last Updated: 10/08/14 6:46pm
Rain wiped out nearly all of Sunday’s Royal London One-Day Cup action, with four games abandoned before a ball had even been bowled.
Only one of the six fixtures ended up being completed, with Sussex making it three wins on the spin with a seven-wicket triumph over Group B rivals Somerset at Taunton.
With the match reduced to 33 overs-per-side, Somerset made 193-8 despite former player Yasir Arafat claiming 5-36. Colin Ingram top-scored with 72, while Nick Compton and James Hildreth made 42 apiece.
The Sharks - who should perhaps be suited to such wet conditions - then cruised to a revised target of 189 with four overs to spare, Ed Joyce (46 not out) and Matt Machan (47no) sharing an unbroken stand of 94 for the fourth wicket.
They did also make a start at Chester-le-Street, Durham reaching 56-3 from 14 overs against Middlesex before the heavens opened at Chester-le-Street, making no further action possible.
Home skipper Mark Stoneman dominated the Durham innings with an unbeaten 46, with Paul Collingwood alongside him on seven not out when play was eventually halted.
Toby Roland-Jones had picked up two wickets for Middlesex, combining with fielder Ollie Rayner to see off Phil Mustard and Ben Stokes, who failed to trouble the scorers. Calum MacLeod also fell for a duck, bowled by Tim Murtagh.
At Trent Bridge, umpires Jeff Evans and George Sharp had little option but to call off the contest between Nottinghamshire, who remain unbeaten in the tournament so far, and Surrey just after midday.
Warwickshire and Group B leaders Kent also failed to get started at Rugby School, not only disappointing the two teams but also a potential crowd of around 3,000 that had been expected to attend.
There was no play at all in either of the two Group A fixtures, Derbyshire's clash with Essex and Leicestershire against Northamptonshire both falling early.
Heavy rain throughout the morning in Derby left the outfield saturated, with umpires Nigel Cowley and Peter Willey calling off the match at 10.10am, 20 minutes before the scheduled start.
It means Essex have now suffered successive washouts in the competition, though they remain in the top four positions. Derbyshire, meanwhile, sit in sixth place, still firmly in the race to qualify.