|County Championship Division Two, Northampton|
|Close, day two: Essex 195-4, Northants|
|Northants 1pt, Essex 0pts|
Essex's Ravi Bopara moved to within 13 runs of his third century of the season and his second in a week before he was frustrated by rain at Northampton.
Bopara, who made 117 not out against Yorkshire in April and an unbeaten 120 in the CB40 game with Gloucestershire on Monday, moved from 65 to 87 not out.
However, only 13 overs were possible on day two as bad light and then rain caused play to be abandoned early.
James Foster was 60 not out with Essex on 195-4 and Northants yet to bat.
Bopara and Foster have put on 138 for the fifth wicket as Essex, who are seeking their first Championship win since early April, recovered from 57-4.