Rory Burns and Vikram Solanki dug in between prolonged showers to help Surrey reach 68-1 on a rain-ruined opening day of their County Championship Division Two clash against Hampshire at The Oval.
Overnight thunder storms delayed a scheduled start that had already been out back to noon because of the previous evening's NatWest T20 Blast encounter between the two sides.
Umpires Richard Kettleborough and Steve Gale held inspections at 11.40am and again at 12.15pm and, with the mopping up operation in full swing, opted to take lunch at 1.30pm.
Play finally got underway in SE11 at 2.10pm with the initial loss of 16 overs and, having elected to bat first under cloudy skies, Surrey lost just one wicket during the 26 overs possible.
Playing on the same pitch as used for Surrey's four-day, 10-wicket win over Leicestershire last week, both teams made changes in order to accommodate a brace of spin bowlers.
Sri Lankan Tilakaratne Dilshan and Kevin O'Brien were handed championship debuts by the hosts, with the Irishman becoming the 700th player to represent Surrey in first-class cricket.
The home side suffered their first casualty after only 16 deliveries with the loss of Zafar Ansari for a single.
Pushing from the crease with no discernible foot movement, the left-hander was beaten by an off-cutter from Hampshire's left-armed seamer James Tomlinson and sent packing leg before by umpire Gale to make it 3-1.
Four balls and one run later, the rain returned forcing the players from the pitch after only 12 minutes of play.
They came back out - under floodlights and after a second mopping-up operation - at 6.10pm.
Though neither player appeared too comfortable, Surrey's second-wicket partners Burns (22no) and Solanki (44no) survived in the gloom to extend their stand to 65 by stumps.
Unbeaten Hampshire went into the game as second division leaders by a point from Worcestershire and with a playing record of four wins from nine starts.
Surrey, having played one game more, are third - 19 points adrift of Hampshire - having won three matches and lost two.