Rain ruins Tykes preparation

05 April 2018 02:52:56 EST

Martyn Moxon has revealed Yorkshire's frustration at their pre-season preparation being washed out.

The club's hierarchy have taken the decision to cancel the three-day friendly against Leeds/Bradford University starting on Saturday due to the incessant rain.

They have not been able to train outdoors for any length of time since returning from a fortnight spell in South Africa, meaning their preparation for the opening County Championship fixture against champions Essex has been far from ideal.

"I think we've had a wet pre-season in the past, but I can't remember it being as bad as this in recent times," Yorkshire director of cricket Moxon said.

"It's just so frustrating given the shape the lads were in when they came back from Potchefstroom. We've only had two grass nets since we got back a couple of weeks ago.

"But we can't control the weather. The ground is so wet, the square is wet, and the pitch we were due to play on has gone wet due to the volume of water. It's not ideal in any way.

"We're desperate to play, so we've not taken this decision lightly.

"The lads are chomping at the bit to get outside and play some cricket. So to have to go back into indoor nets is the last thing we want.

"To give us any chance of playing against Essex a week on Friday, we need some dry weather and some warmth."

Yorkshire are 1212/1 to win County Championship Division One this summer, with Lancashire 1212/1 and Nottinghamshire 1212/1.

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