County cricket: Roses match abandoned, Surrey v Somerset and more – live!
Huge sympathy for Luke Procter, who left the Northants squad last night following a family bereavement.
In happier news, Michael Neser has been awarded his county cap by Glamorgan this morning. In five matches this season, he’s taken 20 wickets at 16.70. And he’s signed a contract for the next two years. Dyddiau hapus!
Some further details on events at Headingley. The area by the Emerald Stand end has been identified as problematic for a while.
Yorkshire said yesterday, ““Analysis of the outfield at that end has previously taken place and has identified issues with a layer of thatch that can cause a build up of water on the surface following heavy rain-fall.
“The Club had originally planned to get the outfield re-laid prior to the 2021 season but unfortunately difficulties arising due to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in this being delayed.
“The Club intend on completing this work at the end of this season.”
These were the thoughts of Andrew Gale and Glen Chapple yesterday:
Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale:
“You have two of the most experienced umpires in the country (in Nigel Llong and Ian Gould). So whatever decision they make is what’s right by the game.
“They felt that as the day went on and there was more traffic on that side of the pitch (Emerald Stand End) and the run-ups, it was bringing water up.
“With with their experience, they probably didn’t want a situation where someone like a Jimmy Anderson runs in and roles his ankle. They didn’t think it was fit for play.
“Fair play to Lancashire because they’re bossing the game and they seemed ok about it.
“I didn’t see the ground this morning because I was in the indoor nets. But I trust Ian and Nigel to make the right decision.
“They wanted to get play on, and whatever decision they made, I would have backed it.”
Lancashire coach Glen Chapple:
“We had a lot of rain yesterday. We got here this morning and the ground was still wet.
“The best I can give you is that maybe the heat has brought more moisture up and it’s gone from being just playable to not playable.
“It’s disappointing for the players and supporters, but unfortunately the ground’s not fit at the moment.
“The umpires are doing their job, and it’s their call to make. None of us have been down the end that’s causing the problem. I fully trust the umpires to make the right call.
“Everybody has a job to do here, and we have to respect the umpires’ call. I’m not an expert on Headingley.
“The players and supporters will be very disappointed, but the main thing from all this is that you don’t want to see someone injured badly. We all hope Dom recovers quickly.”
England are supposed to be playing Pakistan at Headingley on Sunday in a T20 – will update with news as it comes. The weather forecast for the next few days is good so that should help with drainage.
Conditions at the Emerald Stand end have not got any better overnight, so the umpires, with the agreement of both teams, have decided to call it a day.
Chester-le-Street: Notts 328 and 125-5 v Durham 165 all out. Notts lead by 288
Cheltenham: Gloucs 229 and 107-3 v Hampshire 486-7 dec Gloucs must bat all day
Northwood: Middlesex 324-9 & 176-7 v Leics 228 Middx lead by 272
Cardiff: Northants 215-9 v Glamorgan2 462-4 Glam lead by 247
Canterbury: Sussex 181 & 277-3 v Kent 165 Sussex lead by 293
New Road: Warwicks 395 v Worcs 415-8 Worcs lead by 20
Headingley: Lancashire 411-2 v Yorkshire Play was suspended because of unsafe playing conditions
The Oval: Somerset 429 v Surrey 239-8 Somerset trail by 190
At Headingley, Yorkshire’s Dom Leech collided with the concrete foundations of the Western Terrace while fielding and sustained a terrible injury to his left leg. The Yorkshire physio, Kunwar Bansil, drove him to hospital after the club was told an ambulance would take two hours. It was Leech’s first game with the Yorkshire first team.
After heavy rain had washed out the second day, play started at noon on the third. But increasingly water kept rising to the surface at the Emerald Stand end of the ground and around the bowlers’ footmarks. After Leech’s injury the umpires took the players off for tea and, after further inspections – booed by sections of the crowd – and under blue skies, play was abandoned for the day. The game is now certain to end in a draw with Lancashire 411 for two.
Hampshire finished the day jauntily in the winner-takes-all game at Cheltenham, after Nick Gubbins coasted to a century in only his second game for the club. Gloucestershire, who must bat for four and a bit sessions to guarantee Division One status come August, then lost three quick wickets.
At the Oval, Jack Leach took five for 32, including Ravi Ashwin for a golden duck, as Surrey subsided after a strong opening partnership between Rory Burns and Mark Stoneman. Somerset are guaranteed Division One cricket thanks to Hampshire’s failure to secure maximum batting points. Durham collapsed like a piece of parchment against Nottinghamshire in their must-win game at the Riverside, Joey Evison taking five for 21.
Three wickets from Leicestershire’s Will Davis befuddled Middlesex, 17 for four in their second innings before Steve Eskinazi, batting with a runner, mopped brows. At Sophia Gardens, Glamorgan’s Kiran Carlson (170) and Chris Cooke (133) – both not out – made hay against Northamptonshire. Ali Orr hit his maiden first-class century for Sussex – with Tom Haines getting 94 – against Kent.
Good morning! The sun is bursting out for our last day of Championship cricket till August 30, and there is still much to play for. Division One is the prize for Hampshire, if they can roll over shell-shocked Gloucestershire by stumps, while Warwickshire are in touching distance. Lancashire, Yorkshire, Somerset and Nottinghamshire are already confirmed as Division One teams.
First to Headingley, where the game was suspended yesterday after Leech’s injury and the umpires found the playing conditions to be unsafe. Confirmation that Leech has dislocated a joint at the side of his left knee and will see a specialist tomorrow. No decision has yet been made over whether there will be any play today: