Yorkshire were frustrated by the day four wet weather at Hove as they were forced to settle for an LV= Insurance County Championship draw against Sussex when a victory had looked likely.

Ottis Gibson’s side turned up at the 1st Central County Ground this morning hoping to resume on 138-3 in pursuit of a 201 target, needing 63 more with seven wickets in hand.

However, they were met with heavy rain and a sodden outfield, which was covered in puddles.

The rain stopped at approximately 1pm, and the ground staff cleared up until a final pitch inspection by umpires Neil Pratt and Rob White at 4.30pm deemed that conditions had not improved sufficiently and the day was called off 15 minutes later.  

It means Yorkshire have to settle for a second successive draw, taking nine points to Sussex’s 11.

Coach Gibson will be delighted by his side’s day three fightback with bat and ball yesterday, but clearly frustrated at not being given the chance to finish the job off.

This follows hot on the heels of the draw against Gloucestershire at Bristol last weekend when not a ball was bowled across the four days due to rain and a wet outfield.

Yorkshire now have a week’s break from Championship action before welcoming Glamorgan to Headingley, starting on May 4. 

Ashes Test rivals Jonny Bairstow and Marnus Labuschagne are due to play for their respective sides. 

Yorkshire’s Bairstow has targeted that game as the first of two Championship appearances upon his return from a broken leg and dislocated ankle he suffered last August.

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