RAIN has been rare this summer but it wrecked virtually the entire programme in the Thomas, Carroll Glamorgan and Monmouthshire League on Saturday and only two matches managed to escape.
In Division Two Second XI, Vale lost to visitors Lisvane at Corntown and Malpas shared a dramatic tie with Brecon at Bettws Lane.
Malpas made 215-3 with Leighton Watts getting 65, with good support from Johnny Gallinagh (57) and Josh Hall (49no) at the end.
Tom Davies scored 77, Jason Cooke 58 and Vakil 25 when Brecon batted.
But with one wicket left and still one run needed for victory, it ended all square with Brecon finishing on 215-9.
Fourteen-year-old Ben Carnevale took 3-44 for Malpas, with good support from Dan Pritchard 2-34 and Gallinagh 2-35.
At Corntown, Vale decided to bat first but were dismissed for just 104 with Carl Brooks once again top-scoring on 30.
For Lisvane, Naeem Ullah took 3-14 and Gwyn Bowen 3-26.
Emerging batting prospect Nye Brown then led Lisvane to a seven-wicket win with an unbeaten 50 while John Humphreys took 2-15 for Vale.
Lloyd Smith was in fantastic form for Division One leaders Panteg at home to Usk.
The former Sully star made a magnificent 158 not out off 119 balls with four sixes and 16 fours.
But he was denied any chance of breaking records by the rain as it arrived with the Panteg score on 271-6 from 47 overs against visitors Usk.
There are still eight rounds of matches to play for Divisions One and Two and five for Division Three before the season ends on September 14.
Gwent clubs Panteg, Croesyceiliog and Pontymister are currently standing top of Divisions One, Two and Three respectively so it looks like it may be a good season for clubs east of Cardiff.