Echo News – HEADINGLEY saw its first ever four-day abandonment as the County Championship match between Yorkshire and Essex was called off at 10am after two inspections.

Summary

  • HEADINGLEY saw its first ever four-day abandonment as the County Championship match between Yorkshire and Essex was called off at 10am after two inspections.
  • Umpires Ian Gould and Richard Illingworth reported no significant improvement to the outfield during their second inspection on day four, leaving both sides with five points for the draw.
  • These two sides suffered a three-day Championship abandonment at Sheffield’s Abbeydale Park in 1985 when, ironically, Essex were defending champions.
  • Essex coach Anthony McGrath, formerly of Yorkshire, said: “I’m no expert, but they’re saying there’s nothing they can do to improve the state of the outfield.
  • Essex return to Chelmsford to face last season’s runners-up Lancashire on Friday.


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