PLAY at Emirates Riverside has been abandoned today without a ball being bowled, the final day of the Specsavers County Championship Division Two match between Durham and Glamorgan, ending the contest as a draw.

Conditions that prevented play on Wednesday did not improve at Chester-le-Street overnight, leaving the already drenched outfield increasingly sodden by 9am. The umpires made the early decision to call off the game, despite a bright forecast in the afternoon.

The draw ended Glamorgan's hopes of beating out Gloucestershire for the final promotion spot, finishing 15 points off the pace of third place. The Welsh outfit finished in fourth after taking seven points from the game, while Durham were one spot behind in fifth to end the campaign.

Ned Eckersley of Durham said: "It's has been a very wet week. The groundstaff did their utmost to try to get us out there, but obviously it was not meant to be.

"We would have loved to have finished the season with a win here at home. Unfortunately the weather took charge of this fixture and it petered out into a damp squib."

Glamorgan's Chris Cooke said: "It's obviously pretty wet and there was a lot of overnight rain. It's a disappointing end to the season, but it was not the reason why we didn't get promoted this season.

"We lost it in the couple of games leading up to the Leicestershire game. There is a lot to learn, but there are a lot of positives to take into next season."