With some of the worst weather conditions preceding a cricket season in living memory, many county and club pre season fixtures are being postponed, cancelled or abandoned including Yorkshire's three-day friendly against Leeds/Bradford MCC Universities.
The recent wet weather, including snow showers earlier in the week, has left Yorkshire CCC with no other option than to cancell the fixture. (The Worcestershire CCC ground ,at New Road, Worcester is underwater as well as many other club grounds around the country)
Director of cricket at Yorkshire CCC Martyn Moxon, said: "We have the potential to play Leicestershire in a two-day friendly (at Grace Road) on Monday and Tuesday,"
"We're looking down that avenue and hopefully trying to get something else for Saturday and Sunday somewhere dry in the South.
"We should be able to confirm Leicester by tomorrow and have some idea as to whether anything's possible on Saturday and Sunday.
"We are also going to assess Weetwood on Friday as to whether there's any chance of getting anything up there, although the prognosis isn't great because it's wet everywhere. If there's any chance of playing some cricket, even if it's just for a day, we'll try and do that. I think the chances there are pretty slim, however."
There is clearly much frustartion with the coaching and playing staff:
"I think we've had a wet pre-season in the past, but I can't remember it being as bad as this in recent times," he said.
"It's just so frustrating given the shape the lads were in when they came back from Potchefstroom. We've only had two grass nets since we got back a couple of weeks ago.
"But we can't control the weather. The ground is so wet, the square is wet, and the pitch we were due to play on has gone wet due to the volume of water. It's not ideal in any way.
"We're desperate to play, so we've not taken this decision lightly.
"The lads are chomping at the bit to get outside and play some cricket. So to have to go back into indoor nets is the last thing we want.
"At the end of the day, we have to make the best of it and hope we can get some cricket in over the weekend and at Leicester early next week.
"To give us any chance of playing against Essex a week on Friday, we need some dry weather and some warmth."
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