The Clydesdale Bank 40 was hit severely by the weather today with all six of the matches affected to some degree. As usual, the rain proved to be a great leveller with Scotland and the Netherlands both recording upsets against their county opponents.
The rain allowed for some exciting action in the LV= County Championship as Warwickshire recorded a win over Durham to go top of Division One, while Kane Williamson and Andrew Hall put in notable performances in the second division.
The weather again intervened on the second day of matches in round five of the LV= County Championship, meaning that no play was possible in the matches involving Glamorgan and Essex; Northamptonshire and Hampshire; and Oxford MCCU and Kent, while the opening day of Middlesex's match against Worcestershire was also abandoned.
The rain finally relented to allow for more or less a full day's cricket as the fifth round of the LV= County Championship got underway. There were notable for performances from Derbyshire captain Wayne Madsen, Yorkshire wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow, and South Africa and Essex batsman Alviro Petersen, among others on the opening day.
Whereas Trott's England colleagues Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell have struggled since returning to county duty, Trott came straight back into Warwickshire's side and continued where he had left off for England - hitting the week's highest score of 178 against Sussex at Hove.
The weather turned out to be worse than anticipated today meaning that the no play was possible on the third day of the matches involving Surrey and Durham; Essex and Northamptonshire; and Gloucestershire and Glamorgan. Derbyshire's match against Cardiff MCCU also saw no play and the decision was taken to abandon that match ahead of the final day.
A combination of sodden outfields and yet more rain made play impossible in three of the nine county matches scheduled for today. The second day of Gloucestershire's match against Glamorgan as well as Surrey's against Durham were both abandoned without a ball able to be bowled, while the first day of Derbyshireâ€™s match against Cardiff MCCU suffered a similar fate.
Rain affected the opening day of most of the matches in the fourth round of the LV= County Championship to some extent, with those in the south of the country particularly badly affected. Indeed no play was possible at The Oval, where Surrey were taking on Durham, or in the Division Two clashes between Gloucestershire and Glamorgan and Essex and Northamptonshire.
The final four days of West Indies' second Test against Australia was the only international action that took place over the past week and it is from that match where this week's Cricket World Player of the Week must come.
Rain was the ultimate victor as most matches in the third round of the LV= County Championship ended in a draw. However, there was time for Warwickshire to hold their nerve to wrap up victory over Lancashire and for Hampshire to win a thriller at Cardiff.
As expected, rain wreaked havoc with today's county fixtures. From the little play that was possible between the showers, it was the bowlers who once again held the upper hand over their batting colleagues.