Immense frustration was the over-riding factor for everyone attending the second day of Nottinghamshire’s Specsavers County Championship match against Surrey at The Kia Oval.

Heavy overnight rain and then intermittent showers delayed the start until 3.45pm but the conditions were far from ideal and only 12 deliveries were bowled before the drizzle returned.

Surrey advanced their score by a couple of singles, to reach 248 for two after 72 overs. Jake Ball and Matt Carter each delivered an over for Notts but even during the brief play that was possible, there were hold-ups due to the continued presence of pigeons near to the cut strip and also for the umpires to check the condition of the ball. It was changed three times during the first day.

Umpires Martin Saggers and Chris Watts made an early announcement that there would be no play possible before lunch and they tried several times to get things going during early and mid-afternoon but the conditions kept deteriorating, just as it seemed as if we may get some play.

Hopefully there will be drier weather around on the third day, enabling Notts to push for some bowling bonus points.

Ollie Pope has moved on to 79 not out for the home side, with Scott Borthwick still unbeaten on 109.


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