Rain spoils Old Trafford clash

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Somerset remain unbeaten in this year's Clydesdale Bank 40, but they were forced to settle for a point against Lancashire after the weather ruined their clash.

Somerset remain unbeaten in this year's Clydesdale Bank 40, but they were forced to settle for a point against Lancashire Lightning after the weather ruined their clash at Old Trafford.

The action only got underway at 8.15pm following downpours throughout the day in Manchester and the match was reduced to 15 overs per side.

The hosts stuttered to 15 for two inside three overs with openers Stephen Moore and Karl Brown both departing for single figures as Somerset's decision to open the bowling with spinners Murali Karthik and Max Waller paid off. Moore lasted only six balls before hitting Karthik straight to point while his partner was out lbw to Alfonso Thomas.

Captain Steven Croft hit back with four fours in an innings of 26 from 18 balls before leg-spinner Waller trapped him lbw as the Lightning slumped to 39 for three. The fall of Croft's wicket on 7.4 overs was the last of the action as the heavens opened up again, forcing officials to call off the game.

The result means Somerset lose their 100 per cent record in Group C, but point take them to 11 points in Group C after six matches, one ahead of Essex. Lancashire are fifth with five points.

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