Rain ruins Norfolk’s hopes of winning finish

Norfolk's final Minor Counties Championship match of the season ended in a draw after the final day was wiped out by rain today.

The match had been delicately poised with Norfolk 44 ahead of hosts Buckinghamshire at Slough, with Sam Arthurton (61no) and Trevor Ward (15no) at the crease and eight second innings wickets standing. But heavy rain saw the match abandoned at 1pm.

Norfolk received eight points, with Bucks awarded nine after having two points deducted for a slow over rate. The result saw Norfolk slip down to finish seventh in the table, with Cambridgeshire winning the Eastern Division after their victory over Staffordshire.

• SCOREBOARD

Overnight: Norfolk 196 (J Spelman 64, J Benning 7-51); Buckinghamshire 67-1.

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• Buckinghamshire 1st innings continued

S Khan c Rogers b Brown 83

M J Payne b Brown 107

J G E Benning c Rogers b Walker 19

W B Miller c Bunting b Brown 29

J I Pope c Arthurton b Eccles 7

J C Harrison c Brown b Walker 10

T G Helm lbw b Walker 0

S Khalid not out 10

U Arif not out 14

Extras b 7 lb4 w1 12

Total (8 wkts, 90 overs) 291

Fall: 1-6 2-165 3-192 4-234 5-241 6-266 7-266 8-272

Bowling: Eccles 19-3-75-1, Bunting 9-2-30-1, Walker 23-2-72-2, Spelman 2-0--6-0, Brown 33-5-86-4, Caswell 4-1-11-0.

• Norfolk 2nd innings

J M Spelman b Khalid 36

C J Rogers c Taj b Helm 10

S S Arthurton not out 61

T R Ward not out 15

Extras b 8 lb8 w1 17

Total (2 wkts, 46 overs) 139

Fall: 1-27 2-96

Bowling: Helm 7-0-21-1, Arif 7-3-17-0, Khalid 20-3-46-1, Benning 12-0-39-0.