Puddles of water were already forming on the Kia Oval outfield by noon, and on the huge covers spread right across the field. It was a bleak scene, and a extremely frustrating one for both counties who currently sit in the bottom part of the first division.
Surrey were due to resume their first innings at 299 for 8 after a fiercely-contested opening day but, in truth, the chance of any play at all on day two looked slim.
The only consolation for the few supporters in the ground was that Surrey’s annual beer festival, held over all four days of this game under the newly-expanded Peter May Stand, was still determinedly open for business. And, despite it not quite being lunchtime, there were also already some customers.