Middleton lost out on the chance to secure their Sussex Premier futures for another season after the rain intervened against Ansty.
Sean Heather’s side were going well at 92 for two (Gerhardt Abrahams 31*) against the bottom side when the heavens opened.
The game’s subsequent abandonment left Middleton taking only ten pints from the match against a side who are without a win all season.
It leaves Heather’s side in sixth in the ten team division, comfortable clear of the two relegation spots, but not in contention to launch a late-season charge at the title.
Middleton will go into the final third of the season knowing that one more victory should be enough to ensure they remain in the county’s top tier for next season.
That could come tomorrow when fourth-placed Horsham visit the Sports Ground (12pm).
Heather’s team, perhaps, have added incentive after the reverse fixture in May saw Horsham chase down a score of 288 in the final over of the match – thanks to an unbeaten 142 from Sussex star Will Beer.