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Durham clash washed out

Durham's Royal London Cup tie against Middlesex at Chester-le-Street was washed out after 14 overs to leave both sides with a point on Sunday.

In the battle for fourth place in the group, Durham went into the match ahead on run-rate of four other teams on four points, including Middlesex.

Both teams have to play Nottinghamshire this week, and while the Outlaws will still be without their three England Lions players for Tuesday's visit to Durham they will have them back for Thursday's match at Lord's.

Although he is retained in the squad for the fifth Test at the Oval on Friday, Ben Stokes did his chances of an England recall no favours by recording a duck as Durham struggled to 56 for three, of which one-day captain Mark Stoneman made 46 not out.

After losing the toss for the first time in six games in this competition, Stoneman began by playing out a maiden from Tim Murtagh, then Phil Mustard took a single off the first ball of the second over and the Durham batsman pulled the next three balls for six.

Taking advantage of a short boundary on the Lumley Castle side, he dished out the treatment to Toby Roland-Jones.

When Mustard also tried to get after the same bowler two overs later he edged a drive to second slip, then in the next over Calum MacLeod played round a full-length ball from Murtagh and was lbw.

Stokes pushed at a ball from Roland-Jones which was leaving him and gave Ollie Raynor his second slip catch.

Murtagh conceded only 13 runs in seven overs, while 20-year-old seamer Harry Podmore also sent down two tidy overs before the rain arrived. Of the six runs he conceded, four resulted from a misfield by Eoin Morgan at mid-off, giving Paul Collingwood four of his seven runs.

The rain stopped in early afternoon but returned around 3pm. The latest possible time for a resumption was 5.30pm, when Middlesex would have required 58 in 10 overs under the Duckworth/Lewis method. Having won in similar circumstances at Hove on Friday, they would have fancied their chances.