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Billings down on the field after injuring himself

Glamorgan vs Kent, Cardiff

After three successive defeats to start off, Glamorgan finally got to open their points tally for the season, but that came through an abandoned fixture against Kent in Cardiff.

Glamorgan opted to bat first and limped to an unconvincing 68 for 2 in 15 overs when persistent showers first truncated the game to a 40-overs-a-side affair and then brought about complete abandonment.

Sam Billings dislocated a shoulder while fielding and was taken off the field for scans. The batsman was named England's squad to face Ireland in an one-day international and Pakistan in a Twenty20 international in Cardiff, but the injury could put that at risk. He also has a chance for pushing himself into contention for a World Cup slot, even if he wasn't named in the preliminary squad.

Billings injured himself in the very first over of the game, while attempting to field the ball. He was taken to a hospital soon after, and his shoulder dislocation was confirmed.

"Without a doubt, it's the most painful thing I've ever experienced," he told BBC Radio Kent. "Thankfully I've never been injured seriously before, but one hour and 20 minutes with your shoulder not back in its right place isn't a great time for anyone. But there are worse things going on, it's not ideal but I'll rehab it when I can, I'm seeing a specialist tomorrow with different scans and tests, and I'll get fit and firing as soon as possible since I've been starved of cricket."

Brief Scores: Glamorgan 68/2 in 15 overs (Chris Cooke 29, Marnus Labuschange 27; Fred Klaasen 1-9) vs Kent. Match abandoned due to rain.

Surrey vs Middlesex, London

Despite Ben Foakes's fighting 71 off 80 balls and Rory Burns's 49, Surrey fell short in a gettable chase against Middlesex as bowlers reigned supreme at the Oval in London.

First up, a Gareth Batty-inspired Surrey restricted Middlesex to 277 as the off-break bowler finished with a splendid spell of 4 for 29 in his 10 overs. He was ably supported by the troika of Morne Morkel, World Cup-bound Liam Plunkett and Will Jacks - who picked two wickets apiece. The in-form Ross Taylor peeled off another half-century - 64 off 78 - to hold the Middlesex innings together. Toby Roland-Jones chipped in with a valuable 45 down the order to drag the innings a little longer after they had been restricted to 185 for 8.

The extra runs at the end cost Surrey dearly as Middlesex bowlers outperformed the opposition, with medium pacer Tom Helm and right-arm leg break bowler Nathan Sowter picking up four wickets each. At one point Surrey were cruising via the efforts of a strong middle-order, with Dean Elgar (43), Burns and Foakes. But once Elgar and Burns were sent packing, a collapse ensued. From 147 for 4, Surrey fell to 178 for 6. The mini-resurgence from the lower-order also wasn't enough as they fell 37 runs short.

Brief Scores: Middlesex 277 in 49.2 overs (Ross Taylor 64, Toby Roland-Jones 45; Gareth Batty 4-29, Will Jacks 2-32) beat Surrey 240 in 48 overs (Ben Foakes 71, Rory Burns 49; Tom Helm 4-40, Nathan Sowter 4-37) by 37 runs

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