Gloucestershire v Essex: Rain washes out play at Bristol

LV= County Championship Division Two, Nevil Road

Close, day one: Gloucestershire v Essex

Match scorecard

The opening day of Gloucestershire's Division Two match against Essex was washed out without a ball being bowled.

Heavy showers peppered Bristol throughout the day, leaving the umpires with little choice but to call off proceedings in mid-afternoon.

Gloucestershire are aiming for their first victory in 2014 while Essex are looking to get their second win after a draw with Surrey in the last game.

But, with more rain forecast, a draw already looks the most likely outcome.