County Championship round-up - 1st day August 24, 2005

Counties hampered by heavy rain

Cricinfo staff

Division One

Points Table

In a rain-affected day at Canterbury, Middlesex made the most of the 36 overs possible in their game against Kent, reaching 92 for 1 at stumps. Amjad Khan, from Denmark, took the only wicket to fall, that of Ben Hutton who was bowled for 10. Ed Smith was not-out on 40, and he and Owais Shah had put on 61 before drizzle turned to heavy rain.

Surrey v Hampshire - No play Wednesday due to rain.

Division Two

Points Table

Only three overs were possible between Essex and Somerset, in a frustrating day at Colchester. Those three overs were eventful for Essex, as Alastair Cook fell to the seventh ball of the day, leg-before to the left-armer Robert Woodman. Essex are 19 points behind Division Two leaders Durham, and just three points ahead of Yorkshire, who have a game in hand. Speaking to the BBC's website, Ronnie Irani, Essex's captain, was understandably frustrated: "In our position, we are desperate to play and can ill afford days of inactivity like this."

Leicestershire v Northamptonshire - No play Wednesday due to rain

Division Two leaders Durham got off to a solid start against Yorkshire, on a rain-affected day at Scarborough. Only 40 overs were possible, but Mike Hussey, in his final outing before flying off to join Australia A, and Paul Collingwood made the most of batting first, with a partnership of 84. Hussey, 85, and Collingwood, 33, helped Durham reach 140 for 1. Gary Scott was the man who fell when Deon Kruis got a ball to lift from a length to have Scott caught behind.