Rain, rain go away. After today’s third day washout against Durham at Scarborough, Yorkshire have now lost 1,425 overs in the LV= Insurance County Championship this season.
That is the equivalent of just short of 15 full days of cricket, nigh on four full matches.
No wonder it feels like Groundhog Day!
Play was called off at 2.10pm by umpire Surendiran Shanmugam and match referee James Whitaker, with Shanmugam’s standing partner Steve O’Shaughnessy back at the hotel dealing with a bout of sickness.
Phil Mustard has arrived at the ground as standby should O’Shaughnessy not have recovered by tomorrow morning.
Mind you, it has to stop raining first.
If that is the case, both camps are open to setting a game up to try and avoid a draw here.
Durham’s Australian head coach Ryan Campbell said: “Everyone knows I hate draws, so we’ll have a think about ways to get around that in this game and maybe set something up.
“But this ground has copped a lot of weather. I’m not sure how much more it can take.”
Yorkshire captain Jonny Tattersall responded: “We’ll have to have a think about it in the morning or overnight to see what’s possible. There could be something, but there might be a bit of rain around again tomorrow – we just don’t know.”
Durham, the leaders in Division Two, would start day four on 106-1 in reply to 340 in the first innings.
Tattersall said: “If they’re up for sacrificing getting their batting points, I feel that’s what they’ll probably have to do if they wanted to set up a game.
“We’ll see what we want to do and how we want to go about it. I’m sure we’ll be open to all possibilities.
“It might suit them a bit more chasing on here. The pitch isn’t very old and is arguably in its best state for batting.
“It can be easy to score here and challenging to defend a total. We watched Alex Lees and Scott Borthwick go about it and show how easy it was at times. Leesy played aggressively and it worked out. Surrey last year chased 200 or so in 40-45 overs and got there fairly comfortably.
“It’s going to have to be an evenly matched set-up if we’re going to do it.”
On Yorkshire’s first-innings performance, Tattersall added: “We were moderately pleased with how we went about it in the first innings.
“Lythy played brilliantly and Tommo played really well at the end, but we also probably left a few runs out there as well. We still weren’t disappointed with 340.”