Downpour halts Northants & Essex

Cricket
County Championship Division Two, Northampton
Close, day three: Essex 195-4, Northants (no play possible due to rain)
Northants 1pt, Essex 0pts
Match scorecard

The bad weather once again played havoc with Northants' game against Essex in the County Championship with day three washed out without a ball being bowled.

Persistent rain at Wantage Road meant the covers never left the field and play was abandoned at 12:20 BST by umpires Trevor Jesty and Tim Robinson.

It means Ravi Bopara will have to wait until Saturday to try and score his second century in a week.

Bopara is currently 87 not out with Essex on 195-4 with a day remaining.