9.22am – Our final friendly will be here against Durham on Sunday and Monday. This will be a behind closed doors fixture.

9.21am – There will be no play today. Just had confirmation.

8.40am – Good morning from Headingley, where it is once again dry and reasonably bright overhead at present. But the key thing is conditions under foot.

Overnight rain caused us problems over the first two days. Day One saw play delayed until 1.40pm before yesterday was abandoned without a ball bowled. And we have the same concerns this morning.

There has been a lot of overnight rain, and there is a significant amount of water on the covers. As we speak, the ground-staff are currently taking those covers off. Match referee James Whitaker has been out in the middle already to have a look, but the umpires, Steve O’Shaughnessy and Naeem Ashraf, have yet to go out there. That’s usually been happening between 9-9.30am.

You may have read Ottis Gibson’s quotes midway through Tuesday about prospects of play for day one, and he already had an eye on today being a struggle given the forecast for rain. So the hunch is that we might well be in for more frustration.

But once we have confirmation either way, we will let you know.

In the meantime, you can read our piece with George Hill from yesterday, who has spoken about his hopes for the season ahead – both team wise and personally.

George Hill 


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