Northamptonshire’s hopes of turning a strong position into a first victory of their Vitality County Championship suffered a setback when heavy rain removed any prospect of play on Day Three of their Division Two match against Leicestershire in Leicester.

Heavy rain overnight persisting into the morning left large areas of the playing area under water at the Uptonsteel County Ground and with no break in the weather forecast until the afternoon, umpires Ben Debenham and Jack Shantry called off play for the day almost an hour before the scheduled 11am start time.  Only 37.1 overs had been possible on Saturday because of rain and bad light.

Northamptonshire are 356 runs ahead with Leicestershire 97 for two in reply to the visitors’ 453 for seven declared. Both sides are looking for a first win of the season after drawing their opening three matches.

The prospects for an uninterrupted last day are good but unless Northamptonshire can bowl Leicestershire out twice or reach an agreement with the home side to set up a fourth-innings run chase, another draw looks the likeliest outcome.