Rain puts Nottinghamshire top
Nottinghamshire took over from Yorkshire at the top of the LV= County Championship as rain restricted both to draws without a ball bowled today.
Notts, who hosted Essex at Trent Bridge, drew level on points with Yorkshire but went top of Division One courtesy of an extra win. They have also played two games fewer.
That was particularly frustrating for Andrew Gale’s side, who required just one more run in their first innings to pick up an extra batting bonus point.
However, they were left on 199 for eight from 63 overs in the Roses clash with Lancashire at Headingley Carnegie. Yorkshire took five points to Lancashire’s eight.
Neither captain was keen to call it a day but, with no improvement in sight at 4pm, umpires Barry Dudleston and Nigel Cowley decided the ground could not dry out in time even if the rain stopped.
Notts’ game was called off shortly before then, as Chris Read’s team picked up seven points and Essex took nine.
Warwickshire were grateful no play was possible today at Edgbaston given they were 50 runs behind Durham with six second-innings wickets in hand after being asked to follow on.
Durham collected 10 points to the hosts’ six, which moved Warwickshire off the foot of the table at Hampshire's expense.
Umpires Peter Willey and Rob Bailey initially planned a re-start at 3.45pm, which would have given Durham 36 overs to press for victory, but further downpours resulted in the match being called off at 4.30pm.
There was the same scenario earlier in the day at two of the three Division Two encounters, as Glamorgan against Surrey and Leicestershire versus Middlesex fell victim to the weather.
At the SWALEC Stadium, umpires Michael Gough and David Millns waited until lunchtime to abandon proceedings after persistent morning rain.
Division Two pace-setters Glamorgan took 10 points from the match to Surrey’s nine, leaving Glamorgan 25 clear of Gloucestershire and Sussex.
The game at Grace Road was called off just over a couple of hours later.
After steady rain throughout the morning, umpires Mark Benson and Nick Cook decided no play would be possible after an inspection at 2.15pm. The draw left Leicestershire with nine points and Middlesex took eight.
New Road saw the only play today but Worcestershire and Gloucestershire also drew, taking 10 and five points respectively.
Gloucestershire resumed their second innings on 189 for five at 3.45pm - leading by just 46 after the hosts amassed 388 - with James Franklin on 21 and Chris Taylor 18.
Seamer Alan Richardson, who finished 4-68, had Franklin caught at deep square-leg for 23 and bowled Taylor for 30, but Jon Lewis and Vikram Banerjee dug in to finish unbeaten on 16 and 17 respectively as the teams shook hands at 243 for seven declared.