Alex Hales' unbeaten half-century helped steady Nottinghamshire's ship on the opening morning of their LV= County Championship Division One clash with Middlesex.
Trent Bridge was just one of four places to see some action before lunch after the inclement weather once again disrupted the county programme.
And after winning the toss, Nottinghamshire got off to a dismal start when Neil Edwards inside-edged Steven Finn's first ball onto his stumps before Hales' brisk 62 not out guided the hosts to 109 for one at lunch. Hales struck 12 fours and was ably supported by Michael Lumb, who was unbeaten on 38.
Durham's woes with the bat continued after their top order failed to fire against Somerset at the Emirates Durham ICG.
Michael Di Venuto, Will Smith and Paul Collingwood, none of whom have registered a championship half-century from Durham's opening three matches, all fell cheaply after Somerset had opted to field first. But Mark Stoneman looked to launch a recovery of sorts, striking four fours in his 29 not out to help Durham to 83 for three.
Openers Daryl Mitchell and Michael Klinger's unbeaten half-century partnership ensured Worcestershire got off to a good start after deciding to bat against Surrey at New Road.
Captain Mitchell was the more attacking of the two and he will resume on 30 as his side reached 58 without loss before rain intervened after 26.1 overs.
The wet weather ensured there will be no play whatsoever on Wednesday at Hove, where Sussex were due to entertain defending champions Lancashire, who are still looking for their first win this season after three defeats and a draw.
In Division Two, Gloucestershire's clash with Yorkshire at Bristol as well as Essex v Kent at Chelmsford and Hampshire v Derbyshire at the Ageas Bowl saw no action before lunch due to the rain.
In the only fixture to go ahead in county cricket's second tier, Leicestershire seamer Robbie Joseph took two wickets against Northamptonshire at Grace Road. The visitors, who were put into bat, were grateful for an unbeaten 39 from Kyle Coetzer as they went to lunch on 95 for three.