Just 18 overs were bowled on the third day of Durham's LV= County Championship match against Middlesex at Chester-le-Street, during which time the hosts moved on to 89-1 in their second innings to lead by 152.
Play began at 4.15pm in gloomy light and five overs later they were off again as further rain prevented a resumption until a further hour had been lost.
There were still 20 overs to be bowled, but after 13 umpires George Sharp and Martin Bodenham decided the light was too poor to continue and play was abandoned. By 6.30pm conditions were better than they had been all day.
Durham resumed on 37-0 with Mark Stoneman on 31 and he reached 50 for the fifth time in his last seven championship innings before falling to the next ball. James Harris appeared to stifle his lbw appeal, but Sharp's finger was already raised.
Harris went close to bowling Keaton Jennings on 16 with a ball which moved sharply into the left-hander and passed just over his off stump.
Otherwise the former South Africa Under-19 captain looked untroubled in reaching 28 not out, while Scott Borthwick was unbeaten on 11.