A DAMP patch in the run-ups at the Castle End of the ground prevented any play on day one of Hampshire’s Bob Willis Trophy fixture with Surrey at Arundel.

Umpires Billy Taylor and Ian Gould held four inspections throughout the day but decided at 4.15pm that the dodgy area would not dry in time for action.

Both teams are keen to play, with unbeaten Essex top of the South Division aiming to boost their chance of playing in the final, while Hampshire are second and hoping to hunt them down.

Frustratingly, there was plenty of play at Hampshire’s usually home, the Ageas Bowl, where England continued to pile the runs on against Pakistan.

While further east down the south coast, a Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy warm-up between Southern Vipers and South East Stars was played undeterred.