THE local derby between Frampton and Cam was brought to a premature end by the weather.

With the threat of rain looming Frampton won the toss and decided to bowl on a green wicket.

Gareth Udal and Stuart Newman opened the batting against Dan Huxstep, who was beating the bat with regularity, but Craig Barnfield at the other end was suffering at the hands of Newman, who had found a rich vein of form.

Udal fell to a super ball from Huxstep, before Ben Williams’ stumps were demolished in Dan Halsey’s first over for one and Michael Glover didn’t fare any better, walking back to the pavilion in the next.

All the while Newman was finding the boundaries with straight sixes. Peter Hall was also in good touch and between them they added 74 for the fourth wicket before Hall (30) was bowled by Halsey in the 29th over with the score on 164.

Newman reached a well-deserved 50 and looked to push on to a decent total with the help of Adam Holloway and Tom Deakin.

Newman had some good fortune when he was dropped twice but went on to make an excellent 96, including four sixes and 11 fours, before perishing to a good catch from Tom Warren off Matty Cook.

Ryan Western supported Deakin (42*) well and between them took the total to a substantial 242-7 after 45 overs. The pick of the Frampton bowlers was Halsey with 9-1-43-3.

After tea Jason Huxstep and Paul Groves set about reducing the massive deficit.

The rain then started and the players left the field for a short while before Cam returned to claim the wicket of Groves, caught George Dolling off Udal for six.

With heavy persistent drizzle falling, Warren looked to play positive cricket but lost partner Huxstep to a run out in the eighth over for nine and Dan Huxstep three overs later for 11.

Chris Dimery, playing his first innings of the season, and Warren found running between the wickets extremely difficult due to the slippery conditions.

After an hour of playing in the terrible conditions the umpires decided it was unsafe to continue and the game was with Warren unbeaten on 47. Udal finished with 9-3-22-2.