Rain washes out the second day of the Roses Match at Headingley
The second day of the Roses LV= Insurance County Championship fixture at Emerald Headingley was washed out without a ball bowled.
Heavy overnight rain continued into the morning and early afternoon before umpires Ian Gould and Nigel Llong called a halt to the day following their post lunch inspection at 1.40pm.
It was a frustrating day with Lancashire unable to build on their great start from yesterday.
Keaton Jennings scored a superb 132 during day one to underpin the Red Rose first-innings 273-2, also including 84 from opening partner Alex Davies.
Jordan Thompson claimed the only two wickets for Yorkshire, who will be determined not to suffer a second Roses defeat of the season having lost by an innings at Emirates Old Trafford in late May.
Avoiding that is incredibly important given that both Roses counties have already secured qualification from Group Three into Division One of the Championship and half the aggregate of points from the 2 matches between the two counties are carried forward.
Realistically, there was never any prospect of play at Headingley on day two of this final round fixture from the initial group phase.
Although the rain eased somewhat as the day progressed, puddles had already formed on the outfield by 9am and the hundred or so hardy souls who came into the ground were left disappointed.
Lancashire assistant coach Mark Chilton said:
“We weren’t quite expecting the weather to be as poor. If you miss a day, you know how hard it can be to force results.
“We had a really good day yesterday to get ourselves in a position of strength. But it’s a good pitch and you need time to force the results.
“We just have to deal with what we’ve got, get out there as soon as we can, maximise the bonus points from the batting and then you never know with the ball.
“If it’s been under cover for a day and there’s still a bit of moisture around, if Jimmy (Anderson) bowls anything like he did against Kent last week then it’s going to be a serious challenge for their batsmen.”
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