The final day’s play at Wantage Road became the fourth to be called off following an early inspection, leaving the Specsavers County Championship Division Two match between Northamptonshire and Durham entirely abandoned.

It is the first complete abandonment of a first-class game in Northampton since 1981 and the fifth such occurrence. Both sides took five points.

The weather forecast – initially suggesting the East Midlands would be swamped by heavy rain and strong winds – eased remarkably overnight to leave a dry, windy morning. But the outfield, still recovering after being reseeded at the end of last season, remained damp after almost 48 hours of rain on Friday and Saturday and it was doubtful if enough playing time could be found for either side to earn any bonus points.

Northamptonshire now host Pakistan in a tour match on Friday, while Durham welcome Leicestershire to Chester-le-Street in the County Championship.