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Rain disrupts play between Derbyshire and Middlesex at Lord's

Only half an hour of play took place throughout the second day of action.

Luis Reece claimed a 50th Championship wicket of the season on a day when only 52 balls were possible in the Specsavers County Championship fixture between Middlesex and Derbyshire at Lord’s.

Persistent rain squalls throughout the day allowed for little more than half an hour’s play, but all-rounder Reece picked up the one victim he needed to reach the landmark.

By contrast, the bad weather left Middlesex skipper Dawid Malan stranded on 66 not out, leaving him one short of reaching 1000 Championship runs for the season.

The whole of the morning session was lost after heavy overnight rain relented at 10am, only to return shortly before the rescheduled start of play at 11:30am.

It was 1:50 before the players could emerge from the Pavilion and the two not out batsmen Malan and Martin Andersson began confidently.

Malan struck a sweet four square of the wicket, while Andersson, looking to follow up his 83 at Old Trafford against Lancashire last week with another sizeable contribution stroked one from Anuj Dal to the cover boundary.

Sadly, for Andersson it would prove his only scoring shot of the day as Reece reached his wicket milestone soon afterwards, finding the edge of the all-rounder’s bat to give wicketkeeper Harvey Hosein a straightforward catch.

John Simpson replaced Andersson at the crease, but couldn’t follow up his century against Lancashire last week. The Seaxes’ wicketkeeper had made only four when he played across a straight one from Anuj Dal to be trapped LBW.

Frustratingly for the hosts it proved to be the last delivery of the session as before James Harris could even take guard the rain returned once more to drive the players from the field for an early tea.

Hopes were raised when the skies briefly cleared, but plans to restart at 3:35pm had to be shelved when the heavens opened yet again.

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