Washout at Lord's as Lancashire go clear at top of County Championship

Middlesex had been due to resume their first innings on 419 for five in reply to 513, but the weather meant not a single ball was bowled.

The result moves Lancashire nine points clear of reigning champions Yorkshire, who are second having played a game less, while Middlesex took 11 from the contest, lifting them into third.

The final day was also washed out at the Ageas Bowl as bottom side Hampshire drew with Somerset.

The hosts had ended Tuesday on 173 for four in their second innings, trailing by 82 after they had been bowled out for 219 on day one and then watched Somerset post 474 for eight declared in response.

At Edgbaston, the rain denied Warwickshire the chance to put more pressure on Nottinghamshire as that match also ended as a draw.

Notts, trailing by 159 on first innings, had been scheduled to resume on 81 for two in their second innings.

In Division Two, there was some action at Canterbury as Kent - who are now top of the table - drew with Derbyshire.

After the away side had declared on 574 for nine on Tuesday to establish a 195-run first-innings lead, Kent - 32 for none overnight - moved to 238 for three on Wednesday, Tom Latham (74), Joe Denly (64) and Sam Northeast (70 not out) having each notched half-centuries.

Elsewhere in the second tier, what was day three at Grace Road was another washout, with Gloucestershire on 69 without loss in their first innings in reply to Leicestershire's 334 all out.

  No play was possible on day four at Lord's
No play was possible on day four at Lord's