County Championship Division One: Root hits double hundred as heavy rain halts play in all four matches

Find out what happened on the third day of the four Specsavers County Championship Division One matches around the country as we round up the action.

County Championship Division One: Root hits double hundred as heavy rain halts play in all four matches
Root showed his class with a fantastic 213 for Yorkshire (Picture source: Sky Sports)

Day three of the four Specsavers County Championship matches in Division one saw a lot of disappointment with bad weather intervening to mean that there was not much play at any of the venues.

The first two days saw plenty of sunshine with loads of play but not today as the bad weather means that the likelihood of draws in each of the games is very likely unless something spectacular happens on the final day.

Heavy rain stops Robson from building on his hundred

The third day at Lords of the match between Middlesex and Nottinghamshire was rained of without a ball being bowled.

Sam Robson who was 114 not out overnight, would have wanted to kick on and make a huge score ahead of the England test squad announcement on Thursday but unfortunately, the rain wouldn't allow it. 

Robson will be hoping there will be some play on the final day so he can get more runs but the likelihood of a positive result for his side is not good with the match heading for a draw unless something special happens. 

Heavy rain at Edgbaston sets up tense final day

The third day of the match at Edgbaston between Warwickshire and Somerset was also rained of without a ball being bowled. 

Warwickshire ended day three, four without loss in their chase of 322 to win the game but unfortunately heavy rain put a halt to them doing it with a day to spare.

Warwickshire will be hoping when they return for the final day the weather is much better as they really need to win the game to start climbing the table.

Play at Edgbaston never got going because of heavy rain | Photo: Getty Images
Play at Edgbaston never got going because of heavy rain | Photo: Getty Images

Root shows his class before rain brings an early end to play 

At Headingley, there was some play at the start of the day with Yorkshire resuming on 486 for five in their first innings with Joe Root 190 not out.

It didn't take Root long to get to his double hundred to show his class and why he is one of the best in the world. Root was finally out for 213 to leave his side in a demanding position. 

Heavy rain though came just before lunch to end play early as Yorkshire made it to 557 for six with Adil Rashid 60 not out. 

Yorkshire will be hoping to try and force a result against Surrey on the final day but the likelihood is that the game will end in a draw.

Rain dents Lancashire's chances of a win against Hampshire 

Emirates Old Trafford did see some play as Hampshire resumed the day on 22-1 in their second innings trying to save the game against Lancashire

Unfortunately though play was ended before lunch with Hampshire on 76 for 2 with Michael Carberry the only wicket to fall for 16.

Hampshire know they will have to bat out the whole day on the final day to save the match with being 271 runs behind with only eight wickets remaining, so it is sure to be a tense day for both sides.

It was a sorry sight in Manchester with constant rain after lunch bringing an early end to play | Photo: Getty Images
It was a sorry sight in Manchester with constant rain after lunch bringing an early end to play | Photo: Getty Images