Rain rules at Chelmsford

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Chelmsford rain

Rain washed out the final day of Essex's LV= County Championship clash with Derbyshire, taking the total number of overs lost to 233

Rain was the winner as Essex and Derbyshire had to settle for a draw in their LV= County Championship Division Two match at Chelmsford.

As on the opening day, not a ball was bowled and in all, a total of 233 overs were lost to the weather.

Derbyshire were due to resume their second innings on 187 for four - holding a lead of 112 - but the weather forced the game to be called off at 1.50pm.

On a couple of occasions the rain stopped long enough for the covers to be removed, only for it to return as umpires Nigel Cowley and George Sharp were due to make an inspection.

It all added up to bitter disappointment for both counties, each of whom had gone into the match needing victory to keep alive their slender promotion hopes.

A draw leaves them all but resigned to meeting again in this division next season.

In a match in which Essex claimed seven points and Derbyshire six, Wes Durston will look back on it with more satisfaction than most.

The Derbyshire batsman followed up his 48 in the first innings with an unbeaten 62 in the second, during which he passed 1,000 championship runs in a season for the first time.

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