Notts Outlaws qualified for the Royal London One Day Cup knockout rounds following the abandoned match at Northampton after results elsewhere went in their favour.

Only 14.4 overs were possible against the Steelbacks, but victories for Lancashire over Durham – and Yorkshire over Leicestershire – secured third place in the table for Peter Moores' men.

Around an hour of cricket was possible, during which time the Northants Steelbacks made 79 without loss after being put in, denying the Outlaws the possibility of securing the two points they needed to guarantee a spot in the knock out phase.

However, a point was enough to see the Outlaws through.

Despite an indifferent weather forecast, play did begin on time, in dry, cloudy conditions. The Notts side showed two changes, with Brendan Taylor and Luke Wood coming in for Alex Hales and Jake Ball, who were both away on England duty.

Wood shared the initial bowling duties with Harry Gurney but neither of the two left-armers had much success against two left-handed batsmen.

Ben Duckett, who ended the Outlaws’ interest in last season’s T20 blast competition with 84 in the Edgbaston semi-final, got away to a fast start and had stroked eight boundaries in his undefeated 56.

Max Holden, on loan from Middlesex and playing the first List A match of his career, rotated the strike nicely and was untroubled in reaching 23 when the rains came.

Notts had introduced both James Pattinson and Steven Mullaney in a failed bid to make a breakthrough and Mullaney was into his second over when play was halted after just 14.4 overs.

The Outlaws will find out tomorrow who they face in the quarter finals, which will take place on Tuesday June 13th.