Durham & Somerset suffer day two washout in Championship
|County Championship Division One, Emirates Durham ICG|
|Close, day two: Durham 125 v Somerset 220-8 (no play possible because of rain)|
|Somerset 4pts, Durham 2pts|
Rain returned to the North East with a vengeance as Durham and Somerset were unable to resume their contest on day two at Chester-le-Street.
After an opening day which saw 18 wickets tumble, the visitors were looking to extend a 95-run lead, with Craig Kieswetter unbeaten on 60.
However, the weather ensured there was no chance of a prompt start and play was eventually abandoned at 1300 BST.
The washout means Durham have lost 10 days of cricket so far this season.
Seam bowler Callum Thorp, meanwhile, has been reprimanded by the England and Wales Cricket Board for a level one breach of the players' disciplinary code during last week's game against Warwickshire.
The breach relates to abuse of a ground, equipment or fixtures and fittings and the penalty will remain on his record for the next two years.
VIEW FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX
BBC Newcastle's Martin Emmerson:
"Having had 13 days of Championship cricket affected by bad weather in 2011, Durham have continued in the same way this year and according to the radar pictures, it's likely there will be no play until Friday lunchtime.
"Quite why it took until 1300 BST to abandon play, I'm not sure. However, rumours that Durham are investing in waterproof whites for the players seem to be unfounded."