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Essex and Yorkshire left frustrated as wet weather stalls start of county season

Yorkshire v Essex was one of four games abandoned without play due to rain as the 2018 county season got off to a miserable start

Anthony McGrath knows all about miserable starts to a county season in Leeds having spent his entire playing career here, but Essex’s new head coach was unable to recall anything quite like the past few weeks.

The opening day of the Championship game between Yorkshire and the defending champions was abandoned shortly after lunch with an on-time start for day two already in doubt. The wet weather also cost the county their three-day friendly against Leeds/Bradford MCC University last week, so this was not a major surprise.

I thought that maybe it was balmy at Southampton, now I know differently. Quick roundup: at 520 on the first day of the season, we have four games abandoned without play, and Middlesex v Northants looking unlikely to resume despite the floodlights at Lord’s. At Southampton, Hampshire are all out for 290, with 75 for Gareth Berg matching Vince’s 75 earlier in the day; and four wickets for Joe Leach. Worcestershire should get a few overs in the gloaming. Thanks for your company!

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