Only 13 balls were possible at Chelmsford where rain forced the Friends Life t20 match between Essex and Hampshire to be abandoned.
The weather had already delayed the start from the scheduled 7.00pm start time until 8.40pm with the match reduced to 11 overs per side and Essex progressed to 18-1 in the limited time available after being into bat by the reigning champions.
Hamish Rutherford soon rewarded the home crowd's patience when he flicked away the second delivery of the match over fine leg for six and off the last ball of the same over from Dimitri Mascarenhas, the New Zealand opener again cleared the ropes, this time hoisting the ball over the midwicket boundary.
Fourteen runs were collected from the first over but then Sohail Tanvir struck with his second delivery when Tom Westley, still to get off the mark, edged to Sean Ervine at slip.
Mark Pettini got his score moving when he sent the last ball of the over to the long-leg boundary but a sharp shower sent the players scurrying from the field.
They returned after 10 minutes with the match now reduced to 10 overs per side but only one more delivery was possible before heavy rain descended. This time there was no improvement in the weather and umpires Neil Bainton and Steve O'Shaughnessy had little option but to abandon the match.