Still no joy for the Tykes at Head­in­g­ley

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

THE THIRD day of the Spec­savers County Cham­pi­onship match be­tween York­shire and Es­sex at Head­in­g­ley went the way of the pre­vi­ous two, aban­doned with­out a ball bowled.

Wet patches on the out­field to­wards the old Foot­ball Stand End of the ground left um­pires Ian Gould and Richard Illing­worth with no op­tion but to call things off af­ter lunch at 1.40pm, with sig­nif­i­cant doubts ob­vi­ously sur­round­ing prospects of play on day four as well.

York­shire’s grounds­man Andy Fog­a­rty has de­scribed “The worst pre-sea­son I’ve known in 30-odd years”.

He said: “It’s just freak con­di­tions. This weather seemed to start in Jan­uary right up un­til now.

“We’re try­ing to pre­pare pitches and the out­field, and you get one good day in be­tween seven or eight days of rain. And there’s noth­ing you can do about it. It’s re­ally frus­trat­ing for us as well as play­ers and spec­ta­tors. It’s just in cer­tain ar­eas that it’s stop­ping us. “

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