There were three top batting performances on day two of the new season, as bad weather came to bring an end to the three Specsavers County Championship Division Two matches early on Monday.
Cook and Westley lead the way for Essex
The stars on the day for Essex was Tom Westley and England captain Alistair Cook who both hit centuries to put their team in control of the match. The pair came together with the score on 2-1, and put on a stunning 222 run partnership before Cook was out for 105 to put down a marker for himself going into to a busy summer with his country.
Westley made 121 before he was out himself but once again showed what he could do with the bat in hand. Gloucestershire after being put a tough time managed to claw themselves back into the game by taking four more late wickets before rain brought an end to the day's play midway into the final session of the day.
Superb Duckett marches towards a triple century
Northamptonshire, resuming on 296-2 after day one, are in total control of their game with Sussex at Wantage Road thanks in large to Ben Duckett who was unbeaten at the crease for the second day in a row to leave the score on 481-7 after day two.
Duckett who started the day on 178 not out, batted the whole way through the day once again to end on 282 not out to keep up his good form which he ended the last county season on.
Heavy rain brought an end to play at Tea on day two to leave the game petering out for a draw unless something dramatic is going to happen in the final two days of the game.
Play washed out for second successive day at Worcester
Both teams will be hoping to come back on day three to see that the weather is much better and they can at least get some play before the end of the game.