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Only 14.4 overs were possible at Wantage Road as Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire shared a point each in the final round of Royal London Cup north group matches.

Play began on time with Ben Duckett finding some much-needed form after Northants were sent into bat but his 56 not out was the only thing to take form a wet Northampton day. 

The rain arrived just before 3pm and, but for an hour after tea that revived some hope of a Notts chase, did not relent.

The play that was possible allowed Duckett to make just his second half-century of the season in his 10th innings. 

Duckett , looked in good order from the start, getting his favoured cut stroke away successfully, twice in James Pattinson’s first over. He also pulled Harry Gurney over midwicket and mid-on and his eighth four, a delicate flick off Steven Mullaney, brought him fifty in 43 balls.

Max Holden made an unbeaten 23 at the other end, in his first List A innings. He opened with a pleasant punch past point for four and was composed enough to suggest his talent is not limited to one format.

James Taylor, Northants one-day cup batting coach said:

“It’s been brilliant to work with the guys but it hasn’t gone to plan. Injuries have hampered the squad - we’ve had some major players missing - and that’s made it extremely hard.

“Individuals have played well in phases but ultimately we haven’t played consistently well enough.”

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