The cold wet weather played havoc with the county fixtures across England but Kevin Pietersen’s return was a damp squib.
Pietersen returned to honour his obligation to Surrey, making himself available for two games before heading off to the Caribbean T20 series.
But from an unbeaten 355 last time out, against Leicestershire, he returned to earth with a thump, scoring two off three balls in a delayed start at the Oval as Surrey worked their way to 145-4 against Lancashire.
To be fair, he has been out of action for a while. He injured himself during that record knock in mid-May and had to give up on his hopes of playing in the late stages of the IPL. In the meantime, he has been playing golf and realigning his future after being snubbed by England.
Colin Ingram contributed a valuable 45 to Glamorgan’s innings of 371 after being put into bat by Northamptonshire in Cardiff, hammering eight fours off his 60 balls. He came in with the score on 19 for two, with his captain Jacques Rudolph gone for one. But Ingram and Ben Wright put on 46 for the third wicket and then Ingram combined with the Johannesburg-born Chris Cooke to add another 27 before he fell to paceman David Willey, son of Peter.
Cooke went on to 73, at which point the gauntlet was picked up by Craig Meschede, a true son of Somerset but also born in South Africa. He ended on 107.
Cooke’s early cricket came at Western Province for whom he played six matches in the 2009-10 season and also played a full part in the one-day competition and made his first century in professional cricket against Boland at Newlands. He made his championship debut for Glamorgan in 2013.
Rory Kleinveldt helped clean up the tail to end the day with 3-71 off 19.3 overs
In a T20 match on Sunday, Rikki Wessels top-scored with 67 off 41 balls, with four fours and five sixes, providing a foundation on which Nottinghamshire scored 175 and beat Durham by 15 runs.
Compiled by Mark Salter