|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Essex County Ground|
|Essex v Northamptonshire, day two|
|Essex 351-3: Cook 65, Westley 64, Browne 60, Bopara 66*, Lawrence 51*|
|Northamptonshire: Yet to bat|
|Essex 4 pts, Northamptonshire 1 pt|
Dan Lawrence reached his half-century for Essex in the 10 overs possible before rain ended the second day's play against Northants at Chelmsford.
Essex added 16 runs to their overnight 335-3, with Lawrence 51 not out and Ravi Bopara 66 not out at stumps.
There was enough time for Lawrence to become the fifth Essex player to reach a half-century, following Alastair Cook, Tom Westley and Nick Browne's efforts on the first day.
Play was called off at 17:10 BST.