Yorkshire’s Metro Bank One-Day Cup clash with Lancashire at Scarborough was abandoned without a ball bowled today due to a wet pitch.

Heavy rain through yesterday and into the evening meant the playing surface at the North Marine Road ground was unplayable, owing to some water seeping through the covers and onto the cut strip at the Peasholm Park End of the ground. 

Shan Masood

Picture by Anna Gowthorpe/ Shan Masood shakes hands with Lancashire’s Steven Croft after today’s abandonment. 

Umpires Sue Redfern and Naeem Ashraf inspected throughout the morning and into the early afternoon.

When they inspected for a fourth time just before 1.15pm, rain had started to fall and they called the fixture off, resulting in one point apiece for the Roses rivals.

Groundsman John Dodds and his team had resorted to everything in order to try and get the surface fit, including putting numerous towels on the problem area and going over it with the heavy roller. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be.

This was Yorkshire’s first point following Tuesday’s narrow defeat against Kent Spitfires here, while Lancashire’s first two matches have finished in No Results. They were rained off against Essex Eagles at Sedbergh on Tuesday.

Fin Bean signs autographs for young fans

Picture by Anna Gowthorpe/ Fin Bean. 

Vikings coach Ottis Gibson said: “They’re piling up on top of each other these disappointments.

“Of course, there’s nothing you can do about it, but it doesn’t make it any less disappointing.

“All of yesterday in the hotel, when I saw the amount of rain falling on top of what had already fallen last week, I didn’t think we’d have a chance.

“Then I came to the ground this morning, and the ground looked ok. But the wicket, the groundsman said that with the amount of rain we had yesterday that some water had seeped under the covers. It’s just frustrating for everyone.”

Yorkshire now travel to Trent Bridge to face Nottinghamshire Outlaws on Saturday (11am).

It is their third game of eight in the group stage, with Shan Masood on Tuesday saying the county were targeting a haul of 10 points (two for a win) to claim a place in the top three for knockout qualification. 

“Every game is a must win,” said Gibson. “It’s a competition where we feel that with the squad we have, we can do well in. And we still feel that way.

“Saturday will be a good opportunity to get our first win.

“We’ve won there already in the Blast this season, so that’s a positive we can take going there.”

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