|LV CC Division Two, Chelmsford|
|Close, day three: Essex 228, Surrey 261-7|
|Surrey 5 pts, Essex 3 pts|
Rain and bad light meant only 16 overs were possible at Chelmsford as Surrey inched ahead of Essex on day three.
Resuming on 204-6, in reply to the home side's 228 all out, the visitors took their first innings total on to 261-7, a lead of 33, before play ended.
Steven Davies, who began the day on 36, notched his third half-century of the season before Monty Panesar (2-54) trapped him lbw for 54.
Wicketkeeper Gary Wilson is 38 not out as the match heads for a likely draw.