THE weather had the biggest role to play in this top four clash which was eventually reduced to a 28 overs a side game and that was ultimately abandoned at 7.45pm, rain stopping play.
Earlier in the day Torrisholme skipper Matt Jackson won the toss and decided to bat on what looked like a good deck considering the rain through the week.
Clarke (13) and the returning Butler (1) made a steady start against indifferent Hoghton bowling. Taylor (1-24) and Bolton (1-24) made use of the conditions and were both rewarded in quick succession with Bolton having Clarke caught well by Aldridge, Taylor trapping Butler leg before to one Butler should have been forward to.
Hansson (44no) and Miller (26) rallied and started to come to terms with the conditions, punishing Monk (1-16), Holland (0-12) and Brown (0-12).
Miller tried one to many and fell to Monk, caught in the deep by Bolton.
Hansson never looked in danger and was well set to go on to make a big score, but then the rain came.
A long delay and an early tea was still not enough to see Torrisholme resume their innings and they eventually found themselves stranded at 89-3 from 28.
Hoghton 50-2 rsp
Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Division One
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