No play was possible on day one of the LV= County Championship Division Two match between Worcestershire and Essex at New Road due to rain.
The umpires, Jeremy Lloyds and Graham Lloyd, abandoned the day’s play just after 2pm.
Only 6.5 overs were possible at New Road on the second day of Worcestershire’s LV= County Championship Division Two match with Essex, as the rain once again took centre stage.
Rain meant that there was no play in the morning session but it soon cleared and the match started at 1.40pm, with Worcestershire, unchanged from the win against Gloucestershire, winning the toss and electing to field.
Worcestershire made the breakthrough in the sixth over when Chris Russell got the ball to move away from Jaik Mickleburgh (4) who got an outside edge and was caught at third slip by Moeen Ali.
But then at 2:10pm, with Essex on 9-1, the players went off the field for bad light, which was followed by the rain, and the umpires, Jeremy Lloyds and Graham Lloyd, abandoned proceedings for the day at 4:20pm.
Career-best LV= County Championship figures of 7-69 by Jack Shantry enabled Worcestershire to dismiss Essex for 215 on the third day at New Road.
Essex started the third day on 9-1 and two early wickets from Alan Richardson, dismissing both Nick Browne, lbw for 3, and Mark Pettini, bowled for 12, reduced the visitors to 36-3.
Tom Westley and Ryan ten Doeschate then added a further 23 runs before the players went off for bad light at 12:30pm, with Essex on 59-3, before the rain arrived to bring the lunch forward to 12:45pm.
The rain then delayed proceedings until 2:15pm, with 14 overs lost, and the visitors went on to 95 before Jack Shantry got the breakthrough when ten Doeschate, from an outside edge, was caught by Daryl Mitchell at second slip for 30.
Then in his next over Shantry took two wickets as he trapped Ben Foakes lbw for 0 and, with his next ball, got James Foster to edge to Neil Pinner at first slip to leave Essex struggling on 95-6.
Graham Napier survived the hat-trick ball but 20 runs later he became Shantry’s fourth wicket when he was caught at gully by Gareth Andrew for 12.
Amidst the flurry of wickets Westley got to his 50, with his ninth four, off 126 balls and along with Sajid Mahmood they added a valuable 58 runs as the visitors went to tea on 173-7.
After tea Westley and Mahmood continued to frustrate Worcestershire as Mahmood went to his 50 off 56 balls, with his tenth four, before Shantry took his fifth wicket by bowling Mahmood round his legs for 54 off 60 balls, with 11 fours, to end an eighth wicket partnership of 91.
Then Shantry polished off the Essex innings as Westley mistimed an attempted on drive and was caught at mid-on by Chris Russell for an excellent 90 off 180 balls, with 13 fours, and when David Masters edged to Neil Pinner at first slip for 4 the visitors were all out for 215 off 63.2 overs.
Initially Worcestershire had 23 overs to bat but after 2 deliveries, with the score on 0-0, the players went off for rain at 5:30pm and 20 minutes later, with the rain continuing to fall, the umpires, Jeremy Lloyds and Graham Lloyd, took the decision to abandon the day’s play.
Daryl Mitchell scored his 10th LV= County Championship century of his career as Worcestershire’s match against Essex at New Road was drawn, with both sides content to chase more bonus points.
Worcestershire quickly went to 50 in the 13th over, with Mitchell hitting six fours, but the first wicket fell on 62 when Matt Pardoe, going for the slog sweep off Tom Westley, was caught at short-leg by Ben Foakes for 17.
Mitchell went to his 50 off 66 balls, with his ninth four, as Worcestershire went to lunch on 105-1 and after lunch Mitchell and Moeen Ali piled on the agony for the visitors as their second wicket partnership had reached 127 until Ali, who reached his 50 off 90 balls, hit a Graham Napier full-toss straight to Mark Pettini at extra cover for 54 off 108 balls, with 10 fours.
Mitchell was 2 runs short of his century at tea, with the score on 210-2, but after tea the captain achieved his first Championship hundred of the season off 198 balls, with his 15th four.
Ably supported by Tilan Samaraweera the third wicket partnership added a further 107 runs, as Mitchell took just 53 balls to get his third 50, before, with the new ball, he was bowled by David Masters for 156 off 263 balls, with 21 fours, with the score on 296-3.
Samaraweera got his 50 off 100 balls, with his 7th four, before the home side lost three further wickets as Alexei Kervezee (7), Gareth Andrew (5) and Neil Pinner (7) all departed, to give the visitors their second bowling point, but Worcestershire got to their fourth batting point, with a Samaraweera leg glance for 2, as the players shook hands with Worcestershire declaring on 351-6 as Samaraweera ended unbeaten on 70 off 123 balls, with 8 fours.
WORCESTERSHIRE (351-6d) DREW WITH ESSEX (215)