Derbyshire v Surrey, YB40 Group B, Derby May 29, 2013

Ponting's debut is washed out

Surrey 100 for 1 (Davies 50) v Derbyshire - Match Abandoned

Ricky Ponting watched the runs flow and the rain fall as his Surrey debut ended in a soggy anti-climax when the the Yorkshire Bank 40 match against Derbyshire at Derby fell victim to the weather.

The former Australian captain did not get the chance to get on the field after Surrey raced to 100 for 1 from nine overs under the floodlights before the Group B game was abandoned just before 9.30pm.

Steady rain throughout the day had already reduced the contest to 19 overs a side and delayed the start by three hours but despite the best efforts of the umpires and groundstaff, the weather had the final word.

At least there was time for Surrey's openers to entertain the few spectators in the ground after Derbyshire put them in with Steve Davies and Jason Roy racing along at more than 12 an over against some wayward bowling.

Mark Footitt pitched too short and was punished by Davies and Roy, who plundered 27 from his two overs. Mark Turner was also expensive as 49 came off the first four overs.

The scoring rate soared when Alex Hughes came into the attack with Roy driving and pulling his first two balls for four and six with 23 coming from the over.

Davies hit nine fours in his half-century, which came off only 21 balls - but he was out immediately when he failed to get hold of a lofted drive at spinner Peter Burgoyne and was well caught by Wayne Madsen, running back from mid-off.

Ponting had been expected to come in next but Azhar Mahmood was promoted in the order, although he faced only four balls before the rain returned and forced the umpires to take the players off with Roy 42 not out from 29 balls.

The weather improved enough for umpires Michael Gough and Neil Bainton to decide the match could resume at 9.30pm - but another heavy shower condemned Derbyshire to their second no result at home this season.