The fourth day's play in the fifth and final Ashes Test between England and Australia was abandoned due to rain with a draw now looking inevitable at The Oval.
Persistent rain blighted the day and ensured that no play was possible on day four in a match that already looked destined for a stalemate.
The players from both sides, along with the spectators, headed to the ground in hope despite the knowledge that the forecast was ominous for London throughout the day.
There was no let up in the relentless showers with the umpires unable to even conduct a pitch inspection at any stage as the covers remained rooted to the square.
It was a hugely disappointing day for spectators who would have purchased their tickets hoping for a thrilling conclusion to the final Ashes Test, but in truth much of the spice had already been taken out of the series.
The hosts have been heavily criticised for their slow over-rate and run-rate with Alastair Cook’s side having already clinched a series victory after establishing a 3-0 lead in the fourth Test at Chester-le-Street.
England, replying to Australia's 492 for nine declared, ended the third day on 247-4 with Ian Bell (29) and Chris Woakes (15) at the crease.
Australia, having already lost a third successive Ashes series, lead by 245 runs and England need another 46 runs to avoid the follow-on with one day remaining.
It appears inevitable that a draw will be played out on a final day that is expected to be interrupted by further showers in what is an anticlimactic end to the series.