|County Championship Division Two, Chelmsford|
|Close, day one: Essex v Northamptonshire - play abandoned on day one due to rain|
Rain frustrated Essex and Northants on the opening day of the County Championship encounter at Chelmsford.
There was heavy rain overnight and then a series of prolonged heavy showers throughout the day.
Umpires Nigel Cowley and Steve Gale formally called play off at 1515 BST, despite determined attempts of the groundstaff to overcome the odds.
Neither team has yet named their starting line-up and the toss has not taken place.