Rain hampers county action
Rain frustrated Warwickshire after they launched a defiant fightback with the ball in the LV= County Championship match with struggling Durham.
Unbeaten in four-day cricket so far this summer, Warwickshire conceded a first-innings lead of 80 at the Emirates Durham ICG yesterday when they were bowled out for 197.
However, after resuming on 28 for two, winless Durham duly stumbled to 116 for seven with Chris Woakes picking up two wickets to take his tally to three in the innings and seven in the match.
However, Paul Collingwood and Scott Borthwick made 29 and 15 in an unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 31 that left Durham 147 for seven when the elements washed out the rest of the day.
Andre Adams completed a five-wicket haul for Division One leaders Nottinghamshire with the key dismissal of Ashwell Prince as Lancashire were stranded on 272 for nine when the elements set in at Trent Bridge.
Prince, unbeaten on 63 overnight, was caught at first slip by Alex Hales for 80, and there were also wickets for Paul Franks and Harry Gurney after Lancashire had resumed on 203 for six.
Rain also dominated proceedings at Horsham, but there was enough time for Surrey's attack to make significant inroads.
In six overs of play possible today, Sussex, who skittled their opponents for just 124 yesterday, slumped from 81 for two to 90 for six.
Stuart Meaker was chiefly responsible as he ousted Michael Yardy, Joe Gatting and Ben Brown in successive overs, while Murali Kartik had Luke Wright caught behind by Steven Davies, back in Surrey's team after joining the England squad as cover for Matt Prior.
Only 17.2 overs were possible at Lord's, where Middlesex moved on to 364 for three - and a lead of 191 - against Somerset.
Joe Denly progressed to 116 not out, while Dawid Malan reached 51 before falling to Craig Overton, bringing Eoin Morgan to the crease.
Rain also ensured all four Division Two matches were abandoned by mid-afternoon.
Leaders Derbyshire extended their first-innings lead to 82 over Leicestershire in the 18.1 overs that were possible at Grace Road.
Dan Redfern and David Wainwright stretched their unbroken sixth-wicket stand to 109 with 81 and 45 respectively as Derbyshire reached 259 for five before the rain came down.
Ravi Bopara needs 13 runs to complete his second consecutive century as Essex continued their impressive fightback against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.
Bopara, who passed three figures in Monday’s Clydesdale Bank 40 victory over Gloucestershire, and Foster took the score to 138 last night after joining forces with their side in trouble at 57 for four.
They added another 57 in the 13 overs that were possible today, with Bopara unbeaten on 87 and Foster 60 not out.
Simon Katich and Liam Dawson ensured Hampshire got through the 18 overs played at Tunbridge Wells unharmed.
Kent seamer Mark Davies struck twice in quick succession on the opening day, but Katich and Dawson, with 43 and 22, kept him at bay today as Hampshire added 40 to their overnight 50 for three before rain ended the day’s play.
Rain washed out the second day at Colwyn Bay, with Glamorgan 117 for three versus Yorkshire.