|LV CC Division Two, Colchester|
|Close, day three: Northants 531, Essex 187-5|
|Northants 5 pts, Essex 1 pt|
Northants suffered frustration as bad weather prevented them pressing home their advantage against Essex on day three at Colchester.
The home side were set to resume on 187-5, still 344 in arrears, but persistent rain prevented any play.
The umpires decided no play would be possible after tea (at 1620 BST).
The contest now seems sure to end in a draw, a blow to Essex's promotion hopes, having begun the game 29 points adrift of second-placed Northants.