Weather the winner as cricket fixtures disrupted by rain
The inclement weather meant play was not possible in five of the eight matches across the two divisions.
Only 15 overs were bowled across the four Division One games in the Specsavers County Championship on Friday as rain prevented any action across three matches.
Hampshire openers Joe Weatherley and Jimmy Adams managed to accumulate 41 runs against defending champions Essex in the hour of play that was possible at The Rose Bowl.
Yet the contests at Old Trafford, Taunton and New Road all failed to begin on Friday due to the inclement weather.
Play was abandoned for the day between Lancashire, who are hoping to pick up their first win of the season at the third attempt, and Surrey at around 2.25pm without a ball being bowled.
Twenty minutes later the first day of Somerset’s contest with Yorkshire was washed out, with promoted teams Worcestershire and Nottinghamshire also unable to get their match started.
Play was possible at two of the four Division Two contests, though, and Glamorgan captain Michael Hogan took two wickets as Middlesex struggled to 64 for three on a rain-disrupted day.
After Max Holden was caught behind for seven off Lukas Carey’s bowling, Hogan accounted for Sam Robson and Middlesex captain Dawid Malan, who was playing his first innings of the county season.
Phil Salt made an unbeaten half century as Sussex reached 86 without loss in the 21 overs bowled at Hove after Gloucestershire had inserted their hosts.
Salt will resume on Saturday on 54 not out while fellow opener Luke Wells is on 25.
There was no play possible in either Leicestershire’s clash with Derbyshire at Grace Road or in Durham’s trip to Northamptonshire.