BERKSHIRE batsman Billy Rogers made his maiden half century for new club Reading, but their Thames Valley League Division One game at home to Boyne Hill was abandoned due to rain.

After winning the toss, the visitors made a trio of early breakthroughs as Curran Gaur was trapped lbw for six by Alex Bartlett and Firaz Amjad followed for just two, caught off the bowling of Will Neal.

Pav Chima was then run out for 11 before Rogers (50no) and Tariq Khan (24) steadied the ship, the latter dismissed when he was ruled lbw to Hamid Riaz.

Sukhi Kang then faced four balls without scoring before the rain arrived, with Reading leaving the field on 109-4 from 32.5 overs.

Reading travel to Cove this coming Saturday, with the Hampshire-based side tipped as strong contenders for the title.

In Division 4a, Boyne Hill 2nds were 182-4 at home to Reading 2nds when the rain arrived to end the contest.

Shreyas Narayanasamy (2-38), Rahul Bharti (1-23) and Azeem Qayyum (1-30) were the Reading wicket-takers, with opening batsman Don Pike top scoring with 55 for the hosts.

Having been 108-4, Bilal Ashgar (37no) and Akash Vasa (32no) had put on an unbroken 74 before the game was called off.

In Division 6b, Burnham 4ths were 71-3 from 18 overs at home to Reading 3rds.

However, as with every other game in the division, bad weather forced the contest to be halted prematurely.