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Summary

  1. Rain disrupts all matches
  2. England batsman Malan out for 5 for Middlesex
  3. Rain stops play with Hants 41-0 against Essex
  4. Cook returns for Essex; Hants' Northeast out with broken finger
  5. Day one abandoned at Northants, Leics, Lancs, Worcs & Somerset

Live Reporting

By Felix Keith

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good bye

    And that's the soggy end to a disappointing day in the County Championship.

    We had five games abandoned without a ball bowled, while a grand total of 52.1 overs were sent down in the three games that did get out into the middle.

    Both Sussex and Hampshire got off to good starts in the damp, while Middlesex had a tougher time of things.

    I'll be back tomorrow from 10:45 BST with Josh Hunt to try again. In the meantime keep your fingers crossed for some better weather.

  2. Stumps at Lord's

    Middlesex 64-3 (16.1 overs) v Glamorgan

    It's too wet at Lord's to continue. Stevie Eskinazi (31 not out) and Hilton Cartwright (0 not out) will return tomorrow morning to try and rebuild.

    The umpires' decision means all eight games have finished for the day.

  3. 16:40 BST inspection at Lord's

    Middlesex 64-3 (16.1 overs) v Glamorgan

    They're going to give it another go at Lord's, with an inspection set for 16:40 BST after the rain eased off in London.

  4. Close of play at Hove

    Sussex 86-0 v Gloucestershire

    They managed 21 overs at Hove - the best effort of any of the eight games - but they've called it a day now.

    Phil Salt (54 not out) and Luke Wells (25 not out) will resume tomorrow.

    It's just Middlesex v Glamorgan which hasn't been abandoned for the day now.

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  5. Early tea at Hove

    Sussex 86-0 v Gloucestershire

    They've called an early tea at Hove, with the faint hopes of getting back out later fading.

  6. Day one abandoned at the Ageas Bowl

    Hampshire 41-0 v Essex

    Six down, two to go.

    Just the 15 overs possible on day one between Hampshire and defending champions Essex. Joe Weatherley (22*) and Jimmy Adams (19*) batted well in the hour of play, reaching 41-0 before the weather intervened.

    We will try again tomorrow.

  7. Post update

    For those of you who aren't keeping count, it's just Hampshire v Essex at the Ageas Bowl, Middlesex v Glamorgan at Lord's and Sussex v Gloucestershire at Hove which haven't been abandoned for the day yet.

    I'll keep you updated of any rain-related news.

  8. Day one abandoned at Taunton

    Somerset v Yorkshire - no play on day one, rain

    And another one bites the dust. That's five of eight games abandoned now.

    The umpires have been out into the middle and decided to call it a day in Taunton, where rain has meant no play has been possible.

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  9. Day one abandoned at Old Trafford

    Lancashire v Surrey - no play on day one, rain

    That's it for our fourth game of the day. They've called it off at Old Trafford without a ball being bowled on day one.

    Mark Church's emojis were spot-on (see 13:40 post).

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  10. Post update

    So with no cricket being played I'll leave it there for now.

    I'll continue to bring you any news of abandonments, pitch inspections and, who knows, maybe some play, as it comes in.

    I hope you've got something else to keep you occupied for now.

    Lord's rain
  11. Play abandoned at New Road

    Worcestershire v Nottinghamshire - day one abandoned

    More bad news. They've called time at New Road, where the rain has prevented a single ball from being bowled.

    They'll try again tomorrow.

  12. Rain stops play at Lord's

    Middlesex 64-3 (16.1 overs) v Glamorgan

    And that could well be that for the time-being.

    The rain starts to fall in St John's Wood and Stevie Eskinazi (31*) and Hilton Cartwright (0*) head for the pavilion.

  13. WICKET Malan (c Selman b Hogan) 5

    Middlesex 58-3 v Glamorgan

    England batsman Dawid Malan returned to the County Championship hoping to find some form, but he fails on his first attempt.

    The left-hander pushes hard at an angled ball from Michael Hogan, edging into the hands of Nick Selman at second slip.

  14. 15:00 BST inspection at Taunton

    Somerset v Yorkshire - match delayed, rain

    They've penciled in a pitch inspection for 15:00 BST at Taunton, where the rain has eased off, but has left a wet outfield.

    Chances of play don't sound great, but the groundsmen will do their best.

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  15. Rain rain go away

    Unfortunately it is just the one game at the moment as it is looking pretty miserable elsewhere around the country.

    Two games have already been called off for the day - Northants v Durham and Leicestershire v Derbyshire - while the forecast is not looking good in general.

    I'll keep you posted if there is any news.

    Hove rain
  16. Covers coming off at Lord's

    Middlesex 46-2 v Glamorgan

    The hover-cover is coming off at Lord's after lunch and we will have at least some cricket to enjoy this afternoon.

    It's England's Dawid Malan and Stevie Eskinazi at the crease.

  17. Post update

    Thanks to Gary Smee for guiding us through what is likely to be the first frustrating session of many over the next four days.

    I'm here for this afternoon's session, which may well follow the format of the tweet from BBC Radio London's Mark Church below.

    Let's see how we go.

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  18. Groundsman's work pays off for Sussex

    Sussex 86-0 v Gloucestershire

    Adrian Harms

    Sports reporter, BBC Sussex

    Credit Andy Mackay, the Sussex groundsman, and his team who, despite a wet night, managed to get play under way on time at 11:00.

    Chris Dent then decided to bowl first a decision he may be regretting as Sussex raced to 86-0 before rain returned just after 12:30.

    Phil Salt led the Sussex charge attacking the bowling at every opportunity reaching his second first class half century off 60 balls including one huge six over over square leg.

    Luke Wells has been more sedate in reaching 25 and Sussex will hoping the weather clears to allow them to build on an excellent start.

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    Image caption: Rain at Hove
  19. Post update

    I'm going to grab a bite to eat too.

    Felix Keith will be back at 13:40 BST to take you through the afternoon's play.

    Dry out and join us again then.

  20. 'Difficult conditions for Middlesex'

    Middlesex 46-2 v Glamorgan - lunch

    Nick Webb

    BBC Wales Sport

    Just 12 overs have been bowled at Lord's in the first session, with Middlesex losing both openers in difficult conditions.

    One over at 11:00 was followed by a 70-minute break, even though the rain lasted far less than that.

    Max Holden was caught behind off Lukas Carey for 7, while Sam Robson played around one from Michael Hogan for 17.

    England Test batsman Dawid Malan and Stevie Eskinazi lasted until lunch at 46-2.