Hampshire’s County Championship match at Essex was called off without a ball being bowled on day two after heavy rain throughout yesterday morning.
The Essex players and umpires, Steve Garratt and Mark Benson, were already on the field waiting for play to start at 11am when the rain started and sent them scurrying back to the pavilion. Head groundsman Stuart Kerrison wasted no time on covering the pitch and the surrounds.
But as the weather quickly deteriorated – with the rain becoming torrential at times – pools of water appeared on the outfield at Chelmsford.
With no let-up in the rain, play was called off for the day at 1.40pm.
It means Hampshire go into day three of the contest still on 303 for six, with Neil McKenzie unbeaten on 134.
The South African was the hero on the opening day as he gave the visitors the upper hand.
Meanwhile, Essex have now lost 10 complete days of County Championship cricket when not a single ball was bowled, while three of the county’s last four days of Championship cricket have been wiped out by the weather.
Last week, the final two days of the match with Gloucestershire at Cheltenham were called off and now the same fate has befallen the second scheduled day of this current match.