Worcestershire closed on 31/0 in their second innings, having been 145 behind on first innings but, at 4.25 pm, the scorers were surprised to see the covers coming. Within about five minutes, it was obvious why as a torrential downpour pummelled the area in general and the pitch in particular.
That is the trouble with consulting long-range weather forecasts – they change. In this case, the change was dramatic and meant that 34 overs were lost from the day`s play, time that could prove crucial as Yorkshire would hope to push home a large first innings lead and go on to their first Championship victory of the season tomorrow.
They began just 18 runs behind and again had to adopt a circumspect approach, as only 77 runs were scored in the pre-lunch session, for the loss of Hodgson, Leaning and Rhodes, all due, in some part, to the pitch. Hodgson was caught behind; Leaning`s attempted cover drive stopped and flew in the air and Rhodes dragged a wide one on as last-minute movement defeated his attempted drive.
As the afternoon began, we had 15 overs left to try to get a third batting point at 250 and some big shots by Ryan Gibson and Josh Shaw ensured the target was easily achieved.
Indeed, they had got up to 273 by the end of the 100th over. Gibson finished on 54 and is batting with increased consistency and confidence as well as immense power.
The innings ended on 298, a lead of 145 and Worcestershire went in again with 49 overs to face. However, the weather had other ideas and play was officially abandoned for the day at 6.00 pm, after just 14.3 overs of the innings.
So tomorrow, we will have 90 overs plus the three remaining balls from today to try to find that all-elusive first Championship win for 2014.