The rain may have saved Sussex from a home defeat to Warwickshire at Hove after last season’s runners up in the LV County Championship recorded a first innings total of 545.
The draw gave Sussex five points and Warwickshire eight as the match was abandoned on the fourth day when the downpour prevented any play.
The opening overs of the match held out some promise after William Porterfield and Ian Bell succumbed, leaving the visitors at 13-2.
But Varun Chopra and Jonathan Trott dug in for a stand of 219, with Chopra falling to Luke Wells on 105. Trott notched up 178 before he edged Chris Nash to Mike Yardy. Nash recorded figures of 3-44.
Tim Ambrose and Rikki Clarke added 75 and 78 respectively with tail-enders Keith Barker and Jeetan Patel supporting Clarke as the final two wickets added 101 runs to Warwickshire’s tally.
Barker claimed 3-28 while Patel took 1-2 off seven overs as Sussex capitulated.
Three players reached double figures with Chris Nash recording the top score of 18 as the home side slipped to 80-5.
Play was halted at 3pm on the third day and didn’t resume, providing Sussex with some relief.
They face the West Indies at Hove for a three-day match which starts at 11am on Saturday 5 May.