Only 5.3 overs were possible at the Kia Oval before the Royal London Cup match between Surrey and Northamptonshire was abandoned due to regular bursts of heavy showers.

Morning rain meant play did not begin until 1.15pm, with the contest initially reduced to 34 overs per side, Northamptonshire reaching 31 for one before more rain drove the players off at 1.40pm.

All that then followed for a sizeable crowd of more than 3,000 was a long afternoon of frustration as the Oval groundstaff worked hard between the showers to make conditions fit for a resumption.

A long 4pm inspection did result in the umpires, Ian Blackwell and James Middlebrook, announcing that a 10-over game could begin at 5.20pm but – minutes later – more heavy rain swept in to confirm the no result, with both teams taking one point.

Ricardo Vasconcelos, who produced two sumptuous extra cover driven fours off Rikki Clarke and Matt Dunn, was the only wicket to fall – well-held above his head at third man by Dan Moriarty for 17 after the left-handed opener deliberately uppercut Conor McKerr’s fourth ball towards the short boundary in the fifth over.

Rain has stunted the Steelbacks campaign so far with two consecutive washouts. The side now return to The County Ground to meet Derbyshire on Sunday.