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County cricket: Yorks v Essex washed out, Lancs v Notts and more – live!

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10.52am BST

I still think the suggestion by someone below the line by was the best - why, when the ground must have been looking like a saturated sponge for days, didn’t they just swap either to Chelmsford or another out-ground in Yorkshire, assuming somewhere was playable? I wonder, looking at the graph again, if the rain this year was perhaps the wrong type of rain?

Yorkshire chairman: “The ground has seen unprecedented wet weather over the past few months”. Yorkshire groundsman: “It’s the worst pre-season in 30 years”. In the last 25 years at Headingley, 11 pre-seasons (and four of the last seven) have been wetter. #bbccricket #YORvESS pic.twitter.com/H9sUYHqdpj

10.37am BST

Oooh, trouble at Headingley and some data thanks to @KitHarris . The media haven’t been allowed down on the pitch to inspect the swamp this morning.

“Yorkshire chairman: ‘There have been absolutely no issues with our drainage system”. In the last 25 years, Headingley has had 101 days when first class cricket was played in April, and nine days have been lost to rain. Seven of the nine were this year.’

9.47am BST

And welcome to the final day of the first round of the 2018 Specsavers County Championship. And what a round it’s been - general chaos interrupted by the odd oasis of calm. No innings more than 300, no centuries, but a few lovely little knocks from the old timers and new blood: James Vince, Ian Bell, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Gareth Berg, and can we call Zac Crawley and Moore’s 30-odd cameos?

Wickets tumbling everywhere with five-fers or more for Jake Ball, Olly Stone, Ryan Higgins, and James Harris who gets the player of the round County Blog golden cup.

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