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Leech injury mars Roses encounter

Leech injury mars Roses encounter

Only 31.2 overs were possible at Headingley on the third day of this LV= County Championship match after play was abandoned for the day at 4.25pm.

At that point there had been no action for more than two hours, with play suspended at 2.15pm following a nasty-looking injury to young Yorkshire fast bowler Dom Leech.

Leech was moving swiftly around the boundary attempting to prevent a shot from Luke Wells going for four, something he achieved before sliding into the fence beyond the boundary and suffering an injury to his left leg.

There was a twenty minute delay while the medical staff of both teams treated the 20 year-old who was eventually taken off on a stretcher.

Everyone at Lancashire Cricket sends their best wishes to Dom and hopes he makes a speedy recovery.

An early tea was taken at this point and following another inspection by the umpires areas of the playing surface were deemed unfit and unsafe.

A further inspection followed before the abandonment just before 4.30pm.

The head coach of both teams, Andrew Gale and Glen Chapple, agreed with the decision to call play off for the day.

“We had a lot of rain yesterday," said Chapple.

"When we got to the ground this morning it was still wet. More moisture has come to the surface and it’s gone from being playable to not being playable. The ground’s not fit at the moment.

“It’s the umpires call and we respect that."

There had been delay of one hour at the start of the day following yesterday’s heavy rain with play starting at 12.00pm following an inspection.

In the play that took place prior, Wells and Josh Bohannon made good progress to take Lancashire swiftly up to 411-2 and into a very strong position.

With 14 overs left this morning before the 110-over cut-off for bonus points, Wells and Bohannon  advanced the overnight score of 273-2 quickly although Bohannon had a let-off on 11 when dropped at slip.

Wells reached his second Lancashire half century, both of them against Yorkshire, after pulling Leech to square leg for the 8th boundary of his innings.

Bohannon followed suit in an eventful 110th over, clubbing Jordan Thompson high over extra cover for a six and two balls later pulling to midwicket for four to reach his fifty from just 78 balls.

That left Lancashire on 342-2 and with three bonus points while Yorkshire gained none.

Lunch followed moments later and the Red Rose pair had added 69 in 7 overs after the break, Wells making his highest Lancashire score of 97, with 3 sixes and 9 fours.

Bohannon struck 11 boundaries to reach 74 not out in a partnership of 155 runs before play was suspended.

With one day of the match to go it looks certain that any play tomorrow will centre around the pursuit of further bonus points with a draw the most likely outcome.

Ken Grime
Photos: SW Pix

 
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