Lancashire’s hopes of keeping the pressure on Division One leaders Essex were thwarted by rain which wiped out most of Tuesday’s scheduled action in the Specsavers County Championship.
Essex had made full use of the dry weather earlier in the week as they saw off Yorkshire inside two days at Scarborough and now hold a 49-point advantage at the top with five Championship games to go.
However, at the Ageas Bowl, Lancashire’s drive to secure a positive result against Hampshire was hampered as rain prevented any action on day three, with another poor forecast set for Wednesday.
Opening batsman Haseeb Hameed had been looking to build on his 77 not out to push himself back into England contention after recovering from a broken hand.
Warwickshire, though, were able to beat the weather and dismiss Middlesex for 136 at Lord’s to claim their first Championship win of the season by a 190-run margin.
Chris Woakes, back from a two-month injury lay-off, took three for 38 as he and Keith Barker, who snapped up the first three wickets for 21, left the Middlesex second innings in ruins.
Warwickshire, resuming on 293 for eight, had reached 361 in their own second innings to set Middlesex 327 for victory.
There was also some action possible at Taunton, where a maiden Somerset century from Steven Davies against his former county Surrey put the hosts in a good position.
Overnight batsmen Davies and Tom Abell extended their scores to 142 and 96 respectively as the hosts – who resumed at 234 for four – pushed their first innings total on to 436, with Dom Bess contributing a career-best 55.
By the close, Surrey had replied with 69 for one, still trailing by 367, with Mark Stoneman unbeaten on 34, which left him at 1,000 first-class runs for the season.
Division Two leaders Nottinghamshire were frustrated by rain which prevented any play against Derbyshire.
The visitors will be hoping for clear skies on the final day as they target the remaining nine Derbyshire second-innings wickets to secure a win which would take them a step closer to an immediate return to Division One.
Alex Hales’ superb 218 on Monday had set up the prospect of an innings victory, with Derbyshire at 45 for one, still 243 runs behind.
Sussex, meanwhile, are now in the thick of the promotion chase after completing a season’s double over Worcestershire on the third day at New Road.
Having made the home side follow-on 162 behind, they bowled them out again for 170 with David Wiese taking the first three wickets and Jofra Archer blitzing the lower order with three dismissals in five balls.
Sussex lost Luke Wells in clearing off nine runs for a nine-wicket victory – their fourth in five games.