First Team Coach Mark Robinson admits the weather thwarted the possibility of a winning position for his side.

Will Rhodes’ 3 for 21 restricted Essex to a 51-run lead after the first innings, but rain and bad light had disrupted both sides throughout the four days.

“We knew that we couldn’t have won the game today, that was out the window,” said Robinson.

“To only be 50 runs behind in the first innings if we had gone well in the second innings we could have put a lot of pressure on Essex on a wearing wicket but the game never had a chance to fully unfold.

“I’m pleased for Dan Briggs and the captain got a red inker but there isn’t much more you can say on a day like today.

“A win and a draw against Essex is a good return. They are a good team and we would have taken that at the start of the season.”

The Bears will be roared on their return to Edgbaston next week as Members and supporters return to watch the County Championship for the first time since 2019.

Visitors, Notts, are in good form following their win over Worcestershire and both sides will looking for a win to push towards a top two spot.

“It looks a tough group this from the outside,” the 54-year-old added. “With Pete Moores they were always close to galvanising what is a very good team.

“They’ll lose (Stuart) Broad like we’ll lose (Olly) Stone and it’ll be interesting to see where their other players are.

“We’ve been hit by the weather and our second team has hardly had a bat or bowl so replacing players becomes a bit of a challenge. 

“I’m sure they’re the same as I can’t believe their second eleven would have played much more so both teams will have to replace big players.

“We’d like more bonus points, that’s hurt us in the league table,” Robinson concluded when asked whether he was pleased with where his side is.

“We’re just trying to get a bit of momentum in the team from a batting point of view. 

“(Michael) Burgess getting that century last week was great and the Captain’s started to look like he’s coming out the other side. 

“(Rob) Yates has got hundreds, Sam Hain has got scores so you hope it’s starting to come together for the batting unit which will stand us in good stead.”

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