Rain rules at Wantage Road

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More awful weather ensured that the third day of the LV= County Championship Division Two match between Northamptonshire and Essex was washed out without a ball being bowled.

Persistent rain at Wantage Road dictated that the covers never left the field before umpires Trevor Jesty and Tim Robinson decided to abandon the day's play at 12:20pm.

That meant England international Ravi Bopara will have to wait until tomorrow to try and make his second century in a week when he resumes on 87 tomorrow with his team on 195 for four.

Essex captain and wicketkeeper James Foster will look to build on his overnight total of 60, but the continued disruption means a non-contrived result is improbable.

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