Roses Match abandoned
There was no play on the fourth day at Headingley with play called off at 10am although there has been no further rain since yesterday.
This final group match in the LV= Insurance County Championship finishes as a draw with Lancashire gaining 11 points and Yorkshire 8.
The only play that was possible took place on days 1 and 3 with Lancashire reaching 411-2 with Luke Wells 97 not out and Josh Bohannon unbeaten on 74 in their first innings before play was halted at 2.15pm yesterday.
Yorkshire CCC have released the following statement:
Conditions at the Emerald Stand end of the ground have not sufficiently improved and it has therefore been deemed unfit and unsafe to play.
The umpires inspected at 9am and made the decision to abandon the game. All parties agreed that player safety is paramount.
Lancashire Head Coach Glen Chapple agreed with the decision to call play off early today.
“We knew yesterday the outfield was struggling to deal with the water that had fallen on the previous days,” he said.
“Unfortunately things haven’t changed a great deal this morning. The outfield is still soft. It’s obvious that won’t repair in one day.
“The umpires have made a decision that it’s not fit, and rather than increase expectations of play when it’s not likely to happen, they’ve taken the decision to call the game off (now).
Chapple agreed that the safety and welfare of the players is paramount in these situations.
“The umpires view is the ground isn’t fit and there is too big a risk of injury,” he said.
“I think they’ve made the right call.
“From both teams’ perspective I think everyone has dealt with it fairly and with a level head.
“As disappointed as everybody is-both sets of players wanted to play because that’s how they view things-I can’t question the decision the umpires have made.”
Chapple is delighted that Lancashire, who finished top of Group 3, have 16.5 points for the Division One campaign.
“I’m delighted with the points we are carrying forward,” he said. “If you go back to April I’d have snatched your hand off for what we’ve got and what we’ve achieved so far.
And Chapple was philosophical about the potential points lost here today.
“I feel we could have got more in this game,” he said. “And so will Yorkshire. But there’s nothing we can do about that.
Looking forward to the Division One games Chapple added: “I’m delighted with the performance of the players and how hard they have worked. It sets us up for a good run at the last four games.
“Four games is a short space of time-and fingers crossed for some decent weather and that it’s a fair playing field for everybody-but it’s a good position to be going into (Division One).
“It looks like it will be a really strong division. All you can do is look at your own levels, the resources we have and I feel we are in as good position as any. I couldn’t be happier about how the lads have performed so far.
“We’ve got a lot of cricket to play before then so we will look forward to September.”
The first of the four Division One games is on 30 August-2 September with a game during each of the following three weeks with the final scheduled day's play on Friday 24 September.
The top two teams will then meet at Lord's in the Bob Willis Trophy on September 27-30.
Young seam bowler Dom Leech, making his Championship debut, suffered a nasty injury yesterday and Yorkshire captain Steve Patterson gave his backing to the decision to halt play and an update on the 20 year-old’s condition.
“You have two of the most experienced umpires in the country who are very, very good at their job,” he said.
“They thought the safety of the players couldn’t be guaranteed and made the tough decision to call it off.
“As frustrating as it is from a cricket perspective, we accept their decision. I believe they made the right call, and I back them.
“You saw what happened to Dom Leech yesterday. Nobody would have wanted that to happen to anybody else.
“Dom’s up there today (in the dressing room) on crutches. He’s got an MRI scan this afternoon and will see the specialist tomorrow. We’ll know from there.
“Let’s assess the injury from there and let the medical staff determine his road to recovery.”
We wish him well too.