Warwickshire left idle for the first time

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At precisely the wrong time for Warwickshire they lost a day to the weather for the first time this season. Their game against Gloucestershire at Edgbaston failed to start yesterday due to constant rain.

Doubly frustrating for Dermot Reeve and Co is that 25 miles away Worcestershire enjoyed almost full day's play at New Road where Somerset reached 267 for 6.

The only century-maker of a truncated day was Mark Waugh against a Derbyshire attack that included three England bowlers. His unbeaten 113 with 13 fours took Essex to 315 for 9 at Chelmsford.

Dominic Cork and Devon Malcolm were hit for sixes while Phil DeFreitas also found it difficulty in stemming the flow of runs, although the acting captain finished with 5 for 59. Malcolm found the going as tough as at The Oval, conceding 103 off 21 overs.

Hampshire reached 198 for 4 at Trent Bridge after being restricted by a morning spell from Nottinghamshire's Jon Wileman of 13-11-2-2.