Heavy rain showers meant that no play was possible on Day Three of the Specsavers County Championship match between Derbyshire and Sussex at The 3aaa County Ground.
A combination of overnight rain and light showers caused a delayed start, and the rain continued to pour and get heavier still to put pay to any chance of play before lunch.
An early lunch was taken but the continuing rain fall meant that the players could not get back out after lunch. At 2.30pm, the umpires conducted an inspection and concluded that play would be abandoned for the day without a ball being bowled.
Captain, Billy Godleman said: “In the context of the game, we knew we had to bat well for two days and now the weather has taken one of them away.
“We are really disappointed with the first innings batting, particularly after the first couple of hours where it was tricky against the new ball but we managed to get through only one wicket down so to lose wickets in the middle session was disappointing.
“We want to get out there and play cricket, we don’t want to sit in the changing room but today we were denied that opportunity.”
Day Four will begin at 11am tomorrow with Sussex 468-5 in their first innings, leading by 277 runs.
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