David Payne was left frustrated as Glamorgan slumped to 47 for six on the first day of their LV= County Championship Division Two game with Gloucestershire at the SWALEC Stadium before rain washed out more than two whole sessions.
Gloucestershire seamer Payne was left waiting to bowl his hat-trick ball after he claimed the scalps of Murray Goodwin and Mark Wallace with the final two deliveries before the weather brought a halt to proceedings in the 20th over.
Payne, who left the pitch with figures of 3-14 from 4.4 overs, also claimed the wicket of South African batsman Jacques Rudolph for four as the home side collapsed.
— Gloucestershire CCC (@Gloscricket) April 20, 2014
Having lost the toss, Glamorgan's innings got off to the worst possible start when Gareth Rees was caught behind by Cameron Herring off Will Gidman with the first ball of the day.
Gidman then trapped Stewart Walters lbw for four as the home side fell to 18 for two in the fifth over.
Things then went from bad to worse as a diving catch by Gloucestershire captain Michael Klinger off Matt Taylor sent opener Will Bragg back to the pavilion for 25 to leave Glamorgan reeling on 33 for three.
Rudolph followed with only three more runs added to the board when Payne bowled him for a painstaking contribution of four from 37 balls to leave the hosts four down after 16 overs.
That left Goodwin and Jim Allenby at the crease, but not for long, as the former was caught at slip by Alex Gidman off Payne for just eight with the score on 47.
Payne struck immediately again with his next ball to send Glamorgan captain Wallace packing, but before he could bowl his hat-trick ball the players were taken off for rain.
Payne on a hat-trick as Wally goes lbw 47/6 #lvcc
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The break could not have come sooner for the Welsh side, who were glad to get back to the safety of the pavilion.
A pitch inspection was set for 2pm but the rain continued to fall, with an early tea then taken and a further inspection scheduled for 3.15.
Play was then set to resume at 4.10 with 43 overs scheduled to be played, but bad light and rain just before the resumption caused a further delay with another inspection set for 5.45.
The umpires took to the field and finally decided there would be no more play today.