Surrey's hopes of pulling out of their relegation plight in the LV= County Championship took a double hit in their meeting with outgoing Division One champions Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
Keith Barker dismissed the openers in his first 31 deliveries and, after making a partial recovery to 59 for two, the bottom-of-the-table strugglers were kept in the pavilion for the rest of the opening day.
Only 17.5 overs were bowled in 75 minutes before the expected rain held up Hashim Amla and Vikram Solanki when they were developing a useful partnership.
Scoring at five runs an over, they added 41 in rebuffing Warwickshire after Barker had removed Dominic Sibley and Rory Burns at a personal cost of five runs.
There was an improvement in the weather early in the afternoon but play was abandoned for the day after a secondary downpour.
The time lost already - and there is more rain in the forecast for Thursday - is serious for Surrey in a match they need to win to have a chance of staying in the top division.
Executive director Alec Stewart put the blame on the batsmen for last week's defeat by Somerset.
Having failed to reach 200 in either innings against their relegation rivals - the result leaving them 29 points short of safety - they desperately needed a good start after being put into bat by Warwickshire.
However, with the floodlights on, conditions looked good for bowling and Surrey were quickly in trouble when Burns and Sibley were both out lbw.
For Sibley, it has been a difficult introduction to county cricket so soon after his 18th birthday earlier in the month. After breaking into double figures in both innings on his debut at Taunton, he was out for a duck from the seventh ball he faced in Birmingham.
The early wickets put some pressure on Amla but, as would be expected of a world-class batsman, he looked unfazed by his pair in the last match.
The South Africa batsman finished Chris Woakes' opening spell with successive boundaries and was going well, unbeaten with 30 from 46 balls, when the rain set in shortly before midday. Solanki was 20 not out.