Croughton's first wicket fell with the score on eight but the batsmen held firm for 41 runs before the fall of the next wicket, seeing off the opening bowlers, Ali and Syed. Once the second wicket fell, to Russell in his first over, he and Garry saw off the remainder of nine man Croughton for the addition of just 28 more runs with the innings lasting just 15.3 overs.
Castlethorpe went out to bat immediately under increasingly darkening skies. In the first over, both Garry and Russell lost their wickets. In the fourth over, Syed lost his wicket and as Adesh joined Ali in the middle the steady drizzle gained momentum and at the end of the fourth over, the players left the pitch with tea declared early.
After almost two hours of waiting for the rain to stop and the pitch to dry, the rain eased to spitting, the pitch was inspected and a start time of 17:35 was agreed. Castlethorpe were on 30-3 and keen for a chance to get the remaining 48 runs for victory. Unfortunately the forecast weather arrived as players took to the pitch and the match had to be abandoned with both sides taking 10 points plus their bonus points.
Match report by Sharron Jones