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3.45pm The match has been abandoned. The heavy burst of rain that has come across the ground has put paid to everyone's best efforts. It has always looked it would end this way today.

So after this false the start the series moves to Southampton on Tuesday. At this stage the forecast is a little more promising. Before then, however, is Friends Life t20 Finals Day tomorrow. Yorkshire, Sussex, Hampshire and Somerset are all chasing the title. We'll have ball-by-ball commentary for you from both semis and the final starting from 11am on Saturday. If you can, please join us. Until then, From Andrew McGlashan and Alan Gardner, it's goodbye.

3.35pm Not exactly sure how much time is left to work with, but it's probably about 25 minutes or so.

"What are the England selectors on!" starts MayurRao "Not having Prior and Bell in the T20 squad? They are proper stroke makers, clean hitters! No sloggers!" Point is, without those two the Twenty20 team has done pretty well.

Gah! The rain is back. Off the players troop. What a miserable day, and just when Ian Bell was starting to motor.

"Morkel without the self-confident Steyn goes into a Harmison/Mitch Johnson pie-throwing routine," suggest David. "The difference between the two sides is on the bench."

Tsotsobe to Bell, no run

well-timed again, on off stump and driven but straight to the man at cover

"Oh boy! I am ready to pay double to see those 2 sixes of Bell again!" says Altaf

Tsotsobe to Bell, FOUR runs

lovely placement from Bell, he walks across the crease then flicks a back-of-a-length delivery over short fine-leg

One wide slip in place

Tsotsobe to Cook, 1 run

dragged down short outside off stump and pulled to deep square-leg

end of over 516 runs
ENG: 32/0CRR: 6.40 
Ian Bell22 (16b 1x4 2x6)
Alastair Cook9 (14b 1x4)
Morne Morkel 3-0-19-0
Lonwabo Tsotsobe 2-0-13-0
Morkel to Bell, no run

full on off stump, opens the face to try and place into a gap at cover but picks out a fielder

Morkel to Bell, no run

tries to glide this through the off side and is beat by ball that is a touch shorter

Morkel to Bell, SIX runs

shot! Bell's flying. Opens his stance to free up the off side then drives him with a straight bat high over mid-off...he isn't in the Twenty20 squad

Morkel to Cook, 1 run

full on off stump, opens the face and sends it fine of backward point down to third man

Morkel to Bell, 3 runs

now he goes inside out through the off side, gave himself a touch of room and drove this from around middle and leg stump through the covers

Morkel to Bell, SIX runs

huge blow! Clean strike from Bell. Uses his feet to Morkel - which is no mean feat - then picks up over the leg side and the ball comfortably clears the boundary

end of over 412 runs
ENG: 16/0CRR: 4.00 
Alastair Cook8 (13b 1x4)
Ian Bell7 (11b 1x4)
Lonwabo Tsotsobe 2-0-13-0
Morne Morkel 2-0-3-0
Tsotsobe to Cook, no run

outside off, driven without much timing into the covers

Tsotsobe to Bell, 1 run

coming at the bowler again, doesn't connect cleanly with this drive and it runs along the ground to mid-on who is on the edge of the circle

Tsotsobe to Bell, FOUR runs

cracking shot, down the pitch to a fullish ball on off stump and handsomely driven up and over bounce over the boundary

Tsotsobe to Cook, 3 runs

takes a stride down the pitch and lofts this over cover, not timed as well as earlier in the over and it pulls up short of the rope

Tsotsobe to Cook, no run

short of a length outside off, Cook shapes to cut and is beaten on the top edge

Tsotsobe to Cook, FOUR runs

good shot, full outside off, Cook leans into a powerful cover drive and even across the slow outfield the ball beats the fielder

end of over 32 runs
ENG: 4/0CRR: 1.33 
Ian Bell2 (9b)
Alastair Cook1 (9b)
Morne Morkel 2-0-3-0
Lonwabo Tsotsobe 1-0-1-0
Morkel to Bell, no run

an ugly heave into the leg side but he can only pick out mid-on

Morkel to Bell, no run

play and a miss...back of a length, Bell tries to go through the off side and moves slightly to leg and the ball ends up missing leg stump

Morkel to Cook, 1 run

run out chance! Full delivery pushed towards mid-off and Cook would have been miles short if Parnell had hit but he missed the stumps by a huge distance

Morkel to Bell, 1 run

angled into Bell who works it into the leg side short of mid-on and scampers the run

Morkel to Bell, no run

tries something more aggressive, just gives himself a touch of room to drive but can only clump the delivery back to Morkel

Morkel to Bell, no run

back of a length on off stump, Bell defends square into the off side