Rain ensured no play was possible on the first day of the LV= County Championship Division Two match between Essex and Gloucestershire at Bristol.
Essex, who are unbeaten in 11 championship visits to Gloucestershire, sit third in the table after a win over Derbyshire and a hard-earned draw at Surrey.
Gloucestershire, meanwhile, are looking for their first victory of the season following defeat to Hampshire and a draw at Glamorgan.
Rain, rain go away. Gloomy here at Bristol where the square is covered and there are pools of water on the outfield. Prospects looking…
— Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) April 27, 2014
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