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County Championship: Rain washes out day two between Essex and Middlesex

PUBLISHED: 08:41 28 June 2017 | UPDATED: 08:41 28 June 2017

Rain prevented any play on day two of the County Championship clash between Essex and Middlesex at Chelmsford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Rain prevented any play on day two of the County Championship clash between Essex and Middlesex at Chelmsford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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County Championship Division One: Essex (106-0) trail Middlesex (246) by 140 runs

No play was possible on a rain-ravaged second day of the day-night match at Chelmsford where Specsavers County Championship leaders Essex waited in vain to resume their first-innings response to Middlesex’s 246.

Essex’s not-out, overnight batsmen Alastair Cook and Nick Browne twice buckled and then unbuckled their pads on a day of frustration at the County Ground.

On both occasions when play was about to begin the rain arrived with a vengeance. After a dry morning, the first downpour came at 1.55pm, five minutes before the scheduled start.

Then, when the square had been mopped up, and an early ‘lunch’ taken, it returned just as the players were making their way to the middle for a 4.25pm resumption. It was finally called off at 6.52pm.

Cook and Browne had reduced Middlesex’s first-innings lead to 140 in the twilight of the first evening with an unbroken first-wicket stand of 106 in 36 overs.

When the match continues on Wednesday at 2pm, Essex will be without Tom Westley, who joins up with the England Lions for their three-day game against South Africa at Worcester. Under a dispensation from the ECB, Essex are able to field a substitute — in this case Varun Chopra — who can play a full part in proceedings.

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