Jack Brooks is confident Yorkshire can still seal their progress into the NatWest T20 Blast quarter-finals after their sold-out Roses match at Headingley was washed out without a ball being bowled.
Umpires Mark Benson and Graham Lloyd called off the match, which was due to be played in front of a 16,200 crowd, shortly after 7.25pm following steady rain for several hours.
The wash-out leaves Yorkshire in fifth place, five points off joint-leaders Worcestershire and Lancashire, with three games in hand. The top four in each group qualify for the last eight.
“The lads were really looking forward to tonight with it being the Roses,” admitted Yorkshire seamer Brooks. “It would have been a packed house with us going well and them too.
“They are first or second in the group. It would have been a good game of cricket but luckily there’s still enough games left for us, so hopefully it won’t derail us.”
Yorkshire’s next outing is at Trent Bridge against Nottinghamshire Outlaws tomorrow and Brooks is hoping for a change in weather conditions so they can get their T20 campaign back on track.
“If we have a bad five games, our T20 campaign will be in the balance,” he said. “If we have a good five games, we’re pretty much through I would have thought.
“We want a home quarter-final, so it was a shame that we couldn’t get on because they’re the sort of games we need to win.”
Yorkshire have also announced their ticket exchange policy for those who attended the Roses match.
Supporters can exchange their Lancashire tickets for any remaining games in the NatWest T20 Blast, the Royal London One-Day Cup or a day’s play at any LV= County Championship match at Headingley this season, excluding all quarter and semi-finals.-
Tickets must be taken to the ticket office on St Michaels Lane and exchanged for a complimentary ticket for the game that they would like to attend.
Ticket exchanges are also available for the corresponding fixture against Lancashire next season and if supporters would like to swap, they should reply to firstname.lastname@example.org with the order number and how many tickets they want to exchange.
Yorkshire will take an unchanged squad for tomorrow’s trip to Nottingham and Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire’s Director of Cricket, admitted it would be a huge test for them.
“The form Notts are in at the minute, we’re probably playing them at a bad time,” he said. “They are just smashing everybody – in the last two T20s they’ve got over 200 and they are getting runs in the championship so they are flying and it will be a massive test for us.”