County Championship: Roses match suspended on day three by ‘unfit and unsafe outfield’ – NewsEverything England

Adam Lyth and George Hill help Dominic Leech after his injury in the outfield
Adam Lyth and George Hill comforted their Yorkshire team-mate Dom Leech after his damage
LV= County Championship Group Three, Emerald Headingley, Leeds (day three):
Lancashire 411-2: Jennings 132, Wells 97*, Davies 84; Thompson 2-76
Yorkshire: But to bat
Yorkshire zero pts, Lancashire three pts

Play was suspended early on day three of Yorkshire’s recreation in opposition to Lancashire at Headingley due to “unfit and unsafe” areas of the outfield.

Yorkshire’s Dom Leech damage his knee colliding with concrete foundations of the Western Terrace after lunch.

The bowler obtained therapy on the sphere for about 15 minutes earlier than being taken to hospital for an X-ray.

Umpires Ian Gould and Nigel Llong deserted play shortly after 16:30 BST with Lancashire on 411-2.

“Play has been deserted for the day as a result of unfit and unsafe situations,” Yorkshire mentioned.

“Water has risen to the floor in key areas, the place there was most exercise, together with the bowlers’ run-ups.”

Play began an hour late at 12:00 BST after Monday’s motion was washed out and not using a ball being bowled following heavy rain in Leeds.

However about 30 minutes after lunch, right-arm seamer Leech slipped and misplaced his footing as he tried to avoid wasting a boundary operating round from large long-on earlier than colliding with the railing and concrete base of the stand.

After he was helped off the sphere to proceed receiving therapy to his left leg, the bowlers’ run up on the Emerald Stand finish of the bottom was inspected and the gamers had been taken off.

An early tea adopted and two extra inspections earlier than play was formally deserted for the day.

Emerald Headingley
Play was washed out on Monday by heavy rain at Headingley and in addition delayed by an hour on the third morning

Yorkshire later confirmed they’re planning to relay areas of the outfield following issues about that finish of the bottom.

“Evaluation has beforehand taken place and recognized points with a layer of thatch that may trigger a build-up of water on the floor following heavy rainfall,” the membership mentioned.

“We had initially deliberate to get the outfield re-laid earlier than this season, however sadly difficulties arising as a result of Covid-19 pandemic resulted on this being delayed.

“The membership intend on finishing this work on the finish of this season.”

The match is now destined for a draw with each side already having booked their qualification in Division One of many second section of this season’s County Championship.

However Yorkshire earlier missed the prospect to realize any bowling bonus factors as Lancashire moved on from their in a single day 273-2 to 342-2 on the finish of 110 overs.

It means Lancashire gained three batting factors. The 2 sides will take half the overall variety of factors gained in matches in opposition to one another into the following section.

Luke Wells (97 not out) and Josh Bohannon (74 not out) pressed Lancashire on past 400 after lunch in a partnership price 155 up to now earlier than Leech’s damage curtailed play.

Yorkshire head coach Andrew Gale advised BBC Radio Leeds:

“Dom’s gone to hospital to get an X-ray to see what the injury is. Whether or not he is slipped and carried out one thing mechanical to his knee or he is hit it on the sponsorship board on the aspect is not sure.

“However fingers crossed, it isn’t too severe. He is slipped making an attempt to flick the ball again and his leg’s type of gone beneath him and his momentum’s carried him into the sponsor’s board.

“I went over and Dom’s a fairly contact cookie and he was in a variety of ache. He was asking for ache reduction immediately so we hope he’ll be OK.

“That aspect of the bottom has been a priority for a number of years. The issue is the water comes up as extra folks stand on it.

“In the beginning of play, it was OK. Jordan Thompson struggled together with his run up and pulled out twice and some lads mentioned the water was coming from beneath.

“I am not an professional, however since that new stand was constructed, there’s been an issue with the bottom on that entire aspect.

“I feel it was the precise resolution. The umpires had been involved for the gamers’ security, they do not wish to see Jimmy Anderson operating in and rolling his ankle over on their watch.

“I really feel for the followers who’ve turned up right now eager to see some cricket. Hopefully this solar will bake the outfield for a number of hours and are available out once more within the morning and we will get on.”

Lancashire coach Glen Chapple:

“We had a variety of rain yesterday. We acquired right here this morning and the bottom was nonetheless moist.

“Possibly the warmth has introduced extra moisture up and it is gone from being simply playable to not playable.

“It is disappointing for the gamers and supporters, however sadly the bottom’s not match for the time being.”

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