Natwest T20 Blast

Glamorgan 171-5 v Somerset (no result)

SOMERSET picked up their first point in this year's Natwest T20 Blast after persistent rain in Cardiff saw the match abandoned after just 17.2 overs of Glamorgan's innings.

Jim Allenby, returning to the home of his former club, won the toss and chose to bowl first under the gloomy skies, a decision that looked a wise one initially as David Lloyd edged a Lewis Gregory delivery to Steve Davies behind the stumps in the second over.

Gregory then received some punishment from Aneurin Donald and Colin Ingram, but picked up his and Somerset's second wicket when Donald skied one to Jim Allenby to depart for 24.

Jacques Rudolph joined Ingram in the middle, and the pair proceeded to take advantage of some indifferent Somerset bowling as the score rocketed to 73-2 after six overs.

Tim Groenewald made the required breakthrough as Ingram picked out Michael Leask, selected ahead of Johann Myburgh, and Somerset then briefly slowed the hosts' scoring rate by taking pace off the ball courtesy of Roelof van der Merwe and Max Waller.

Waller took the next wicket to fall in stunning fashion, somehow holding on to a return catch that was fizzed back at him by Andrew Salter to leave Glamorgan 92-4.

Chris Cooke was next to go, Waller taking another catch - this time in the deep off the bowling of Groenewald - to see the back of the wicketkeeper for 18, but Rudolph carried on in explosive form and brought up his half century from just 28 balls.

The former South African international had reached 65 by the time the rain came and, despite hopes that it would clear, the poor weather caused an early end to proceedings.

Given Glamorgan looked set for at least 200, Somerset's struggles with the bat this season and the difficult conditions, the visitors may reflect on this as a point gained ahead of tomorrow's clash with Middlesex at Uxbridge (2.30pm).