FOURTH NPOWER TEST, RIVERSIDE:
England v West Indies
Play abandoned for the day
There was barely enough time to get stuck into the beer
The start of the fourth and final Test between England and West Indies has been delayed by a day because of torrential rain at Chester-le-Street.
It had rained solidly throughout Thursday and continued on Friday morning, and the umpires ruled out any hope of play shortly before 1230 BST.
The forecast is not much better for Saturday with heavy showers expected, but Sunday offers hope of a fine day.
England won the series with victory at Old Trafford on Monday for a 2-0 lead.
That gave them an unassailable 2-0 lead following a draw at Lord's and a crushing victory at Headingley.
Durham County Cricket Club were philosophical after the first-day washout, despite this being the biggest of three Tests to be held at the ground so far.
The Riverside hosted easy wins for England against Zimbabwe in 2003 and Bangladesh two years later, but chief executive David Harker said: "It's bad luck for us and is not great news financially, but it's not dramatic either.
"The biggest loss of ticket sales is covered by the ECB, but we will lose some revenue from around the ground (catering and merchandise) because people haven't turned up.
"But the bigger loss is losing the opportunity to stage this event, our biggest Test match yet. But there's nothing we can do about the great British weather."
England (from): Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, Michael Vaughan (capt), Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Ian Bell, Matthew Prior (wk), Stephen Harmison, Ryan Sidebottom, Matthew Hoggard, Monty Panesar, James Anderson.
West Indies (from): Chris Gayle, Daren Ganga (capt), Devon Smith, Runako Morton, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Darren Sammy, Jerome Taylor, Fidel Edwards, Corey Collymore, Daren Powell
Umpires: Billy Bowden (NZ) and Aleem Dar (Pkn).