Storm forces an early finish

GODMANCHESTER S match against Vauxhall Mallards was abandoned on Saturday afternoon after a violent thunderstorm hit the ground. This was Goddy s fourth abandonment of the season including the reverse fixture against Mallards. The visiting side won the to

GODMANCHESTER'S match against Vauxhall Mallards was abandoned on Saturday afternoon after a violent thunderstorm hit the ground.

This was Goddy's fourth abandonment of the season including the reverse fixture against Mallards.

The visiting side won the toss and elected to field. This proved to be a good decision as the opening attack bowlers exploited the damp track to reduce the home side to 17 for two. Matt Durrant and Ghaffer Kazmi (27) steadied the ship with a 53 partnership for the third wicket but spinner Mike Pederson dismissed Kazmi and Craig Park (11) in quick succession.

Goddy were struggling a little at 104 for four and, with Durrant falling for 74, it was left to Paul Swannell to rescue the innings with a steady 35 not out.

Mallards bowler Martin Addison claimed three for 43 while Pedersen took his two wicket for the cost of 19 runs.

A close contest looked in order but with Goddy on 187 for seven the weather closed in to leave players and spectators frustrated.

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