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Summary

  1. Game now being played on Tuesday (10:30 BST)
  2. Rain delayed the scheduled 14:00 BST start
  3. Saturated outfield prevents any play on Monday

Live Reporting

By Mark Mitchener

All times stated are UK

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  1. A damp day ends

    So, that's about it. Sorry if you've been waiting patiently for play - they're going to try again at 10:30 BST tomorrow.

    Make sure you listen to TMS for commentary on that game and the rest of the series - but for now, it's goodbye from me.

  2. Facebook Live: Knight and Dagnall

    If you're a Facebooker, I'm sure you'll enjoy a Facebook Live chat which TMS's Charles Dagnall had with new captain Heather Knight a little earlier this afternoon.

    Here's the link you require.

  3. Post update

    Umpire Alex Wharf told Sky Sports: "We've just let [the captains] know that we're abandoning it [for the day]. It's a saturated outfield, wet in areas. So we'll come back tomorrow. It's probably the best for both teams. The ground staff have been fantastic. They got rid of a lot of water but there's obviously still a lot of wet areas."

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  7. Play abandoned for the day

    Unsurprisingly, the outfield's still saturated in places. They're going to come back again tomorrow for a full game on the reserve day.

  8. Post update

    Umpires now chatting to the captains. Is this a "we're calling it" moment, or a "we're going to try to squeeze in a 20-over thrash" moment?

  9. Singing in the rain

    The good folk of Leicester have, at least, had some entertainment during their wait for play...

  10. Inspection

    We're back. The umpires are in congress on the edge of the square, we're still waiting for the decision over whether we'll play today...

  11. Inspection

    Some news from the middle - there will be a further inspection at 17:00 BST to see if conditions have improved.

    So we'll say cheery-bye for now, and check back with you at 17:00.

  12. Latest news from the county scene

    I hope you've been enjoying BBC Radio's County Championship commentaries while it's been raining in Leicester - remember, you can hear every ball of every game via the BBC Sport website.

    They've already called it a day at Derby and Chelmsford because of rain today, while they're going to start at 16:15 BST at The Oval. But they're playing everywhere else - follow our live text and radio coverage here.

  13. While we wait for news of the inspection...

    Here's a picture from seamer Sonia Odedra, who played a Test for England against India two summers ago, and will be lining up for Loughborough Lightning in the Super League this year.

  14. This is the biggest time for women's cricket - Cross

    It is England duty for the England players today but it is just over a month until the start of the inaugural Women's Cricket Super League.

    Some of the world's best players will join England's leading cricketers for six UK-based teams in the Twenty20 format.

    "This is going to go down in history as the biggest time for women's cricket," England seamer Kate Cross told BBC Get Inspired. 

    You can read more of Kate's thoughts ahead of the tournament - which you'll also be able to hear on BBC Radio.

    Kate Cross celebrates with England team
  15. ICC Women's Championship

    If you're not aware, England really, really need to get on the field this week - although they have games in hand in the ICC Women's Championship, they need to win them if they're to finish in the top four of the table and qualify automatically for the World Cup which they host next summer. The other teams will compete in a 10-team qualifier early in 2017.

    ICC Women's Championship
  16. Inspection

    Out come the umpires, ex-England seam duo Martin Saggers and Alex Wharf, in their rather garishly-coloured attire. The square is still covered, but it looks a little brighter than earlier (he said crossing his fingers).

  17. Welcome back

    We're back to bring you news of the 15:30 BST inspection at Grace Road. Hope you've managed to enjoy a cup of tea in the meantime.

    Remember, in the event that we can't even get a minimum of 20 overs per side in tonight (the latest we can start for a 20-over thrash is 18:55 BST), under ICC Women's Championship rules a reserve day is in place - so we'll all be back tomorrow.

    Grace Road under cover
  18. Au revoir - for now

    With a lot of standing water still on the outfield at Grace Road, we're going to leave you in peace for about an hour or so - we'll be back at 15:30 BST to let you know the results of the inspection.

    Remember, if they can't get a 20-over game in tonight, they'll be back for a full match tomorrow.

    If there's any further news, we'll be back to let you know.

  19. Inspection at 15:30 BST

    Umpire Martin Saggers told Sky Sports: “We’ll have another look at 15:30 BST. We might know a little bit more then. As long as there’s a chance we can get a game in, we will keep looking. But if it is that saturated, we can come back tomorrow. The latest we can start today is 18:55 BST."

    Umpires and ground staff at Grace Road
  20. Debutant Hartley 'a character'

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "What a character. The game needs characters and Alex will say things that will shake it up a bit.

    "She made the move to Middlesex from Lancashire and that was positive for her, it got her on the radar. 

    "Hartley will give it air, give it a bit of of rip and I think she will want to be in the game every single ball."