Cricket latest: Bad weather again has upper hand

Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire, joint leaders of the Friends Life t20 North Group, were forced to share the points when bad weather had the final say on a damp afternoon at Scarborough.

Although the match began promptly on the sodden North Marine Road ground, there were two stoppages to the Nottinghamshire innings before the game was finally called off with the visitors on 105 for three after 14 overs.

With Andrew Gale still out with a hip injury, Yorkshire were again captained by 21-year-old Azeem Rafiq, who decided to field first on winning the toss.

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It paid immediate dividends when Ryan Sidebottom struck with his third ball, bowling Michael Lumb as he attempted to drive.

Sidebottom was punished in his next over off which Riki Wessels and Adam Voges helped themselves to 17 runs but Wessels was then caught by Phil Jacques at midwicket off Mitchell Starc, for 12.

Voges and James Taylor put on 45 for the third wicket in seven overs but Moin Ashraf had the former coolly caught at long-on by Joe Root for 29 off 30 balls.

After the first stoppage for rain at 76 for three in 11.1 overs, Chris Read smacked Ashraf over the top of the covers for six and he and Taylor each scored fours in the same over from Ashraf which cost him 17 runs.

Nottinghamshire were getting on top when the rain returned again with Taylor on 41 and Read 15 but umpires Nigel Cowley and Michael Gough had no option but to call the game off at 5pm when the rain returned.