The LV= Insurance County Championship match between Yorkshire and Gloucestershire at Bristol has been abandoned in a draw.

Umpires Paul Pollard and Billy Taylor took the decision, following a 9am inspection, that no play would be possible over the next two days at the Seat Unique Stadium.

Heavy rain in the South West over the last fortnight left the surface not fit for play on Thursday’s opening day, despite sunny conditions on the day.

Persistent rain throughout yesterday meant no play was possible on day two, and that has also impacted conditions for days three and four today and tomorrow.

The main problem area seemed to be the bowlers’ run-ups and the wicket end at the Ashley Down Road end of the venue.

A Gloucestershire club statement said: “Due to extremely high amounts of rain in the weeks and days leading up to and during this match, we have an abnormally high water table and had no reasonable prospect of the outfield drying and creating a safe playing surface for players.”

Yorkshire and Gloucestershire take five points only from this second round Division Two fixture, with Ottis Gibson’s side next in action against Sussex at the 1st Central County Ground in Hove from Thursday.

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