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Rain meant Surrey Women were denied the opportunity to seal the London Championship title against Middlesex at Guildford CC on Thursday.

They will now face a nervous wait to see if Middlesex can beat Kent on the 19th August before the fate of the inaugural title is confirmed.

Surrey had bowled their visitors out for 181 before reaching 30/2 nine overs into their response before the rain set in for the day.

After winning the toss and electing to field, Surrey saw the first few overs get away from them with openers Cordelia Griffith and Naomi Dattani taking the visitors to 32 from five.

However, the best possible response came at the start of the sixth as Hannah Jones beat Griffith’s sweep and saw her out LBW for 12.

Dattani continued for a while yet but was next to go – for 29 – when a leading edge off seamer Beth Kerins looped up to Alice Capsey at cover.

At the other end, Amara Carr’s charmed life came to an end when Kerins invited her into the drive, only for the Middlesex wicket keeper to be caught at backward point.

Each Middlesex partnership continued to last around five overs, with batters struggling to feel entirely comfortable at the crease. Natasha Miles was next to fall, for 11, before Iqraa Hussain followed, for nine.

Both succumbed to 16-year-old Alice Capsey, who has shone with both bat and ball throughout this tournament for Surrey. It was a seven over wait for Surrey’s next wicket then as Lucy Porter became Amy Gordon’s first wicket of the day.

Although she’d seen three partners go, number five batter Olivia Rae continued steadfastly reaching 49 before the heavens opened on to the Woodbridge Road outfield.

An early lunch was called to save the overs that would otherwise have been lost and Middlesex were able to complete their innings. Rae got to raise the bat but was out soon afterwards with Cooper & Capsey again working in tandem. This time though, Cooper was the bowler and Capsey the fielder.

The tail was wiped away quickly by Cooper with another two catches in the outfield. That left Middlesex are 181 all out with four balls of the 50 overs surrendered.

Kirstie White and Capsey came to the middle knowing 182 runs would win them the inaugural London Championship but that the weather may have something to say about that.

After three boundaries, White was out for 14 in the sixth over. Aylish Cranstone replaced her in the middle but not for long, as she was bowled first ball.

Capsey and skipper Jones came together and took Surrey to 30/2 after nine overs before the rain returned, one over before the cut off point that would constitute a full match.

With heavy rain now in place, the match was called off without another ball bowled and both sides took one point.

You can find the full scorecard from the match here.