|Specsavers County Championship Division One, Cloudfm County Ground (day two):|
|Middlesex 246: Stirling 77, Eskinazi 66; Harmer 5-77|
|Essex 106-0: Cook 64*, Browne 40*|
|Essex 3 pts, Middlesex 1 pt|
|Essex trail Middlesex by 140 runs|
There was frustration for Essex and Middlesex as rain prevented any action on day two, with play at Chelmsford abandoned at 18:55 BST.
Players came out onto the pitch ahead of a proposed 16:25 BST start time, but further rain forced them straight off.
Division One leaders Essex are on top on 106-0, with Alastair Cook unbeaten on 64 as they look like surpassing Middlesex’s first-innings total of 246.
Wednesday will see 104 overs bowled to make up for time lost in the match.