Stand-in captain Adam Lyth expects his Yorkshire side will have to be patient when it comes to putting last week’s LV= Insurance County Championship home defeat against Leicestershire behind them.

Lyth described the three-wicket opening round loss to the Foxes as “frustrating”, having been encouraged by large parts of their performance.

He was speaking at the Seat Unique Stadium in Bristol today, where Yorkshire are due to face Gloucestershire in round two of their Division Two campaign.

Unfortunately, heavy recent rainfall in the South West region forced an early abandonment of day one, with umpires Paul Pollard and Billy Taylor making the call at 9.45am due to a wet outfield.

The forecast over the next few days is mixed.

The majority of the Yorkshire squad only arrived at the ground in Bristol just after lunchtime today to do some gym work and train in the indoor nets. 

The coaching staff were present this morning when play was called off.

Lyth said: “Things didn’t go to plan on that final day against Leicester – with the ball, we didn’t quite get it right. But I thought it was a positive week for us in the way we performed for a lot of that match.

“It was frustrating the result didn’t go our way and even more frustrating that we’re stood here in glorious sunshine and we can’t get on the field.

“We came to the ground yesterday, and I’ll be honest – looking at the way it was, I’m not confident we’re going to play at all this week.

“They’ve got the heater on at one end where the run-ups are really wet and sodden. 

“Ultimately, we’ll have to wait and see what the next few days brings weather wise.”

Bristol pitch

Reflecting on the game against Leicestershire, who won with seven balls to spare having been set a target of 389 during the early stages of Sunday’s fourth day, opener Lyth said: “First innings, getting 500 at over five an over was really good. We then bowled them out with a decent lead.

“Declaring and setting them 389, yes it was a good pitch. But had we put the ball in the right area with our attack, we’d have won that game. 

“Unfortunately, we didn’t get it right and they played well. 

“Hopefully the batters can keep that up, and we back the bowlers to be better than they were on the final day.”

The performances of fledgling batting duo Fin Bean and James Wharton were obvious positives.

Bean’s first-innings 118 marked his maiden first-team century, and Wharton’s 52 in the second was his first fifty in first-team colours.

“Both those guys have been playing beautifully in pre-season,” added Lyth. 

“I’m over the moon for Beany. He looks a real talent, and hopefully he can continue his work. Wharts, he’s looked good all pre-season as well. He scored runs on tour. 

“Mala as well, the way he played was a joy to watch.”

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