County Championship Division Two: Hampshire held but still retain a four-point lead
Weather continued to dominate the County Cricket game in Division Two with all three results finishing as draws.
Last Updated: 04/06/14 7:09pm
Essex and Glamorgan had to be content with a share of the spoils as the final day of their LV= County Championship clash at Chelmsford was hit badly by rain.
There was no play possible at Chelmsford until just before 3pm, after which there were a potential 46 overs left as Glamorgan resumed 152 ahead on 188-8.
Veteran Australian Michael Hogan, 11 overnight, became Tim Moore's fourth wicket of the match. Jim Allenby, who started the afternoon on 34, was the last man out, departing for 79.
That left Essex a run-chase of 215 from a minimum of 24 overs, provided the weather held. With just 10 on the board, Glamorgan made an early breakthrough when Hogan forced an edge off Pettini (six).
Essex were 21-2 when rain stopped play just before 5pm. Although the players did come back out onto the field after nearly 15 minutes the match was eventually called off as a draw, with Essex collecting 10 points and Glamorgan nine.
Leaders Hampshire were left frustrated after being unable to close out their clash against bottom side Derbyshire on a another rain-hit final day at the Ageas Bowl.
With the morning session a wash-out, play was not able to start in Southampton until 2:30pm when Derbyshire resumed on 31-0 chasing an improbable 346 for victory.
Led by some fine bowling from left-armer James Tomlinson, the hosts ripped out eight wickets, however, the weather returned to hamper their victory bid.
Hampshire looked to then have 8.4 overs to finish off the visitors, but bad light finally called an end to proceedings.
Alex Hughes was unbeaten on 18, which came from 85 balls and just shy of two hours in the middle. Hampshire remain four points ahead at the top of the table.
Steven Davies stood firm on a rain-interrupted final day at the Kia Oval to help Surrey to a draw that had looked unlikely after Worcestershire forced the follow-on.
The visitors, who had set Surrey 476 to win, had looked in control of the match, but bad weather and a second innings knock of 77 from Davies, which included 12 fours, frustrated their charge as they ran out of time with Surrey on 240-5 at the close.
The morning rain was a welcome lifeline for Surrey. After an early lunch Zafar Ansari and Davies were able to return to the crease for around 15 minutes before the covers had to come back out.
Davies came out strongly after the restart, finding two boundaries off four balls from Saeed Ajmal, before Ansari (62) fell in the 56th over.
Davies continued his fine day with the bat unperturbed, adding another four boundaries before the rain, again, called a halt to proceedings with Surrey on 173-4 at tea.
Just when Davies seemed to be forging a strong partnership with Jason Roy, his fine knock was brought to an end on 77 runs as he was caught behind off Moeen Ali, but Roy (45 no) remained with Gary Wilson (18 no) to see out the draw.
No play was possible between Leicestershire and Gloucestershire on day three of their LV= County Championship Division Two clash due to heavy rain at Grace Road.
Steady rain and standing water in Leicestershire meant there was no play possible before lunch on Wednesday and there was ultimately no need to conduct a pitch inspection in the afternoon while the bad weather persisted. Hope was eventually lost shortly before 1400.
The hosts hold a 21-run lead over Gloucestershire with 10 wickets remaining having made 12 without loss before bad light brought an early end to proceedings on Tuesday.