Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon was left describing a “grim” start to the new season after the opening day against Essex was washed out at Emerald Headingley.

Play was called off shortly after lunch by umpires Richard Illingworth and Ian Gould following overnight rain adding to the already soggy conditions following recent wet weather.

“To have the weather we’ve had over the last couple of weeks is hugely frustrating,” said Moxon.

“To mark the start of the season like this is particularly disappointing.

“It’s been grim for a while. We’ve managed to have a couple of practice sessions this week, but only with floodlights on, woolly hats, gloves, the lot.

“It has just been so miserable it’s not funny anymore.

“It’s hugely disappointing because the lads were in great shape when they came back from Potchefstroom (March 20).

“We practiced on the ground for the first time on Wednesday, and the outfield is just completely waterlogged. As soon as the bowlers run in a few times, you are looking at mud and water coming up.

“It’s in a bad way. We need some sun and wind very quickly.

“Realistically, it’s going to take a long time for it to be fit.

“I doubt we’d lose the whole game, but it’s not going to start on time for day two either.

“At best, we could be waiting around for a few hours at least because it’s just not drying. We need some proper drying weather.”

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