Still no joy for the Tykes at Headingley
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. “