Yorkshire vs Lancashire: Wet Headingley outfield forces final day of Roses clash to be abandoned

The crash had been called off Tuesday due to “inadequate and unsafe” playing conditions after Dom Leech sustained a serious leg injury; Referees, coaches and captains held discussions Wednesday morning and the match for the County Championship was canceled.

Humid weather has forced the Roses clash at Headingley to be postponed

It was not possible to play on the final day of the Roses County Championship draw between Yorkshire and Lancashire at Emerald Headingley due to a wet outfield.

Referees Ian Gould and Nigel Llong inspected the troubled Emerald Stand End of the field, which also forced the abandonment of Tuesday’s play 7.2 overs in the afternoon.

Gould, Llong, and the coaches and captains engaged in lengthy morning discussions, and the game was called off shortly after 10 a.m.

Both counties had already qualified for Division One prior to this final round Group Three match, in which two days were completely abandoned and only 23.2 overs were thrown on the third day.

Lancashire went 411 for two of 119.2 overs. Keaton Jennings had 132 and Luke Wells was undefeated with 97.

With half the points from their two Division One games, Yorkshire claimed eight points, while Group Three winner Lancashire had 11.

Having won the reverse match at Emirates Old Trafford in late May, Lancashire will lead 16.5 points and Yorkshire 4.5 to the top group when four more matches will be played to decide the county champions and Bob Willis Trophy finalists.

A statement from Yorkshire read: “Unfortunately, the game on the last day of the Roses clash at Emerald Headingley has been abandoned.

“The conditions in the Emerald Stand End of the field have not improved enough and therefore it has been considered unsuitable and unsafe to play.

“The referees inspected at 9 am and made the decision to leave the game. All parties agreed that the safety of the player is paramount.”

The third day was abandoned due to unsafe conditions, although the decision was not a direct consequence of the leg injury suffered by young Yorkshire fast bowler Dom Leech while playing on the edge off Western Terrace.

Yorkshire posted an update on his condition, saying: “Dom Leech has dislocated a joint in the side of his left knee.

“An X-ray has shown no broken bones, and Leech will have an MRI today. The fast bowler is scheduled to see a specialist tomorrow.”

The retirement means England’s James Anderson hasn’t thrown a ball in two of his four Championship appearances for Lancashire this summer.

July 14, 2021 admin

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