COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE, Old Trafford:
NO PLAY DAY THREE, RAIN: Nottinghamshire 89-2
The groundstaff's hard work in trying to mop up at Old Trafford was to no avail
Nottinghamshire's County Championship title hopes were left hanging by a thread after they suffered a third day washout at Old Trafford.
After only 28 overs were possible on the first two days because of the weather, Lancashire and Notts were greeted by more rain on Wednesday.
And although the umpires inspected after tea, they abandoned play for the day just before 1630 BST.
Notts will now go into the final day six points behind Somerset.
They could still win the title, though, if they can somehow pick up nine points from their game on the final day and Somerset and Yorkshire fail to win.
With Notts on 89-2, one possible scenario would be for them to bat positively and try to collect a maximum five batting points by scoring 400 and then take three Lancashire wickets to pick up one bowling point on their way to drawing the game.
Another would be to try and contrive a run chase, as happened when the sides met at Trent Bridge last month.
Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell said it was now up to his side to find those points as best they could.
"Our only chance is Somerset (and Yorkshire) not winning," explained Newell. "We need nine points, which we could get in bonus points. Or we could have some sort of run chase with Lancashire tomorrow.
"We've been sat talking quite a lot this afternoon. We've already started looking at that situation.
"That looks like the best option at the moment in terms of trying to get a minimum of nine points.
"If Lancashire are prepared to chase a score tomorrow afternoon then that discussion is going to have to take place.
"You've got to keep the integrity of the game to the extent where you can't give anything away.
There's a responsibility to make the sure the integrity of the game and competition is kept
Lancashire coach Peter Moores
"We chased 260 off 64 overs at Trent Bridge a couple of weeks ago. That, to me, would be a similar amount off maybe a few more overs."
Lancashire cannot finish any higher than fourth, but could finish fifth if Durham beat Somerset.
And their coach Peter Moores refused to rule anything out.
"At the moment I wouldn't like to plan too far ahead for anything because I think it might rain again," he said.
"What happens tomorrow, I don't know. We'll see if the weather's set fair and if we're going to get a day's cricket.
"Then you decide where you are from there like you would in any game.
"There's a responsibility to make the sure the integrity of the game and competition is kept.
"We'll cross all those bridges tomorrow when you sit down with the captain, look at conditions, the pitch and then take it from there and then make your call."