Worcestershire CCC's hopes of a return to Specsavers County Championship cricket were frustrated by the weather on the opening day against Derbyshire at the 3aaa County Ground.

Play was always looking unlikely after overnight and morning rain left puddles of water on a saturated outfield.

The umpires quickly decided to take an early lunch at 12.30pm with an inspection planned for 1pm.

But a further deluge delayed that inspection and when the officials had another look at 2pm play was called off for the day.

The two sides will try again at 11am tomorrow when the forecast is much improved although still with the risk of showers.

Worcestershire had been looking to resume four-day cricket after three weeks of NatWest T20 Blast and Royal London One-Day Cup action.

They are currently lying in fourth spot in the Championship and went into this round of fixtures 20 points behind leaders Essex.

Tom Fell will have to wait a further 24 hours to see if he is to make his first senior appearance of the season after being named in the squad.

Fell has been playing second team cricket for the past month after getting the all clear in his battle against cancer in the lymph nodes.