Essex gripe after four-day Headingley washout of Yorkshire game

first_imgHowever, the Yorkshire chief executive, Mark Arthur, insisted that work was not a factor in problems. “That’s just one or two people trying to find a story,” he claimed. “There was a stand beforehand, and the drainage doesn’t impact on the stand or vice versa. We had state-of-the-art drainage put in seven or eight years ago – there’s no problem with it in any shape or form. It is the quantity of rain and snow we’ve had over the recent weeks and months.”Ten Doeschate accepted that conditions were not fit but he said: “I don’t want to get myself into trouble, but we keep getting told about Test and division one grounds [with better drainage]. To come here, I understand they’ve had a lot of rain but we haven’t seen a drop in the 30-odd hours we’ve spent at the ground. It’s not fit, but we haven’t seen any work going on – no Super Sopper on, no forking.“I don’t understand why there has been a drive for them to preserve their outfield. What’s the fear with creating mud when they don’t have another game here until Friday? Fair enough if they’d given it a good crack and I’d seen guys out there working around the clock. You can accept that. That would be my only gripe.”Yorkshire say the water table was so high that any heavy machinery would have only made conditions worse. While there has never been a four-day washout at Headingley, a three-day Championship match against Leicestershire in 1987 did end that way.Yorkshire are due to face Nottinghamshire at Headingley on Friday and their coach, Andrew Gale, said: “We should be fine because the forecast is good. Someone told me it’s going to be warmer than Ibiza this week. I’m confident it will go ahead.” Essex Ryan ten Doeschate has criticised Yorkshire’s lack of action after the opening match in Essex’s defence of the County Championship was abandoned without a ball being bowled on Monday – the first four-day washout in history at Headingley.The Essex captain bemoaned the fact there had not been any work done on the problem area of the outfield. After a fourth‑day 10am inspection, the ICC elite panel umpires Ian Gould and Richard Illingworth decided there had been no significant improvement in saturated patches towards the old Football Stand end of the ground, where redevelopment is taking place. Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp In a tumultuous morning’s play at Old Trafford, 12 wickets fell for 25 runs. Lancashire started the day trailing Nottinghamshire by six runs but lost eight wickets in 56 minutes against some terrific bowling from Jake Ball, with match figures of nine for 57, and Harry Gurney, who had career-best figures of six for 25; eight in the match.Nottinghamshire, set 10 to win, then lost four wickets on a pitch that had, in the words of Lancashire captain, Liam Livingstone, “quickened up and nipped around”. It was Nottinghamshire’s first win in the top division since April 2016.At the Ageas Bowl, Worcestershire were all out for 127, losing against Hampshire by 196 runs, despite a rearguard unbeaten 45 from Travis Head. There were four wickets for Kyle Abbott and three for Fidel Edwards.The Sussex No 9 David Wiese hit the first century of the season, as Sussex became the only county to pass 300. Wiese put on 155 with the wicketkeeper Ben Brown, who made 91. Olly Stone finished with career-best figures of 8 for 80. 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