Essex v Surrey: Chelmsford draw after final-day washout

LV CC Division Two, Chelmsford
Essex 228 drew with Surrey 261-7
Surrey 10 pts, Essex 9 pts
Match scorecard

Essex's rain-affected Division Two match against Surrey at Chelmsford ended in a draw, after the adverse weather meant the final day was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Only 16 overs were bowled on day three as Surrey progressed to 261-7, 34 runs ahead of Essex's first-innings total.

But with a wet outfield and the rain still coming down, the captains shook hands on a draw.

Both sides have won one of their opening six Championship matches.

Essex coach Paul Grayson told BBC Essex:

"I think it would have been a really good game.

"There are concerns for us against spin. Nothing against Gareth Batty (who took 6-68 for Surrey), he's a good off-spinner but he hasn't got any mystery balls in him.

"So that is a concern - we have to play spin better as a group. it's something the lads are very aware of."

Surrey captain Gary Wilson told BBC London 94.9:

"Tuesday was especially frustrating whenever the bad light was around. I thought we got ourselves into a pretty good position but unfortunately the weather intervened.

"I think common sense has prevailed there with the umpires who realised we weren't going to get much play in there, if any at all."

On his first game as captain following Graeme Smith's injury:

"It was unfortunate circumstances the way it came around, but I was hugely honoured when I was asked. The first game in charge was excellent, the boys got behind me and I really enjoyed it."