Saturday, 9 June 2012
LVCC REPORT: Colwyn Bay draw as rain wins again
MATCH DRAWN. Yorkshire 4 points, Glamorgan 3 points after only 34 overs possible.
DAY 2,3,4 MATCH REPORT
I'm feeling less like your online cricket correspondent and more like a weatherman this summer as play in Colwyn Bay was wiped out by the north Wales rain on the final three days.
The umpires had little choice but to call a halt on day two with areas of the outfield at the top of the ground completely saturated. We returned with hope in our hearts on Friday morning, but the rain returned.
The rain continued, heavier if anything, all Friday afternoon and into Saturday and it was merely a rubber stamp exercise when the umpires blew the final whistle on proceedings at 9.15am.
Yorkshire have lost 1,151 overs to the elements this ‘summer’, that;s 37.47% of total possible playing time gone. Glamorgan are not doing much better themselves with 1,238 overs of play lost (35.82% of their season).
It was a shame for the Colwyn Bay ground which would have been a great venue with sunshine streaming down. 34 overs possible this time, 51 when the team was last there in 2004, roll on the next time!
Small crumbs of comfort though as table topping Derbyshire were denied the chance of forcing a victory over Leicestershire at Grace Road by, guess what, the weather.
JAMES BUTTLER in a very damp COLWYN BAY
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|DAY ONE VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS||CLICK HERE|
|RYAN SIDEBOTTOM INTERVIEW AFTER DAY 1||CLICK HERE|
|MARTYN MOXON ON THE DAVID MILLER SIGNING||CLICK HERE|
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|LVCC DIV 2 POINTS TABLE||CLICK HERE|
|YCCC FIRST-CLASS BATTING AVERAGES||CLICK HERE|
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DAY ONE REPORT
More rain frustrated the Tykes in Colwyn Bay as only 34 overs were possible on day one.
After heavy rain this morning the groundstaff at Colwyn Bay worked wonders to start on time at 11am. Glamorgan won the toss and on a pitch which has historically produced runs predictably opted to take first bat.
The opening overs from Sidebottom and Patterson produced a few appeals, but the bats of Rees and Bragg met the leather with some authority. They took the score to 55-0 when Mitchell Starc grabbed 2 quick wickets in 9 balls from the Embankment End of the ground to reduce the hosts to 56-2.
Marcus North played some delightful shots in his 14 before Azeem Rafiq held a stunning low return catch diving to his right. At lunch the hosts had reached 99-3.
The first over after the interval was hit for 18 by Stewart Walter who cover drove for two 4s and pulled into the Pavilion for 6 and 4 more. Rafiq followed with a maiden and then the rain came.
A number of attempts were made to restart play, but an almighty downpour at the close not only ensured there was no further play on day one, but also calls into question a prompt start tomorrow.
JAMES BUTTLER in RHOS ON SEAS, just outside COLWYN BAY
Yorkshire head to Wales to take on bottom side Glamorgan in Colwyn Bay from Wednesday. It is the Tykes first visit to the Welsh coast ground since 2004 and the completion of the match will mark the halfway stage of their LV= County Championship campaign.
The two sides last met in four-day cricket back in 2004 with the games at Colwyn Bay and Headingley both ending in draws. The two matches the previous summer, also played at the same venues, also ended in draws, but the Tykes recorded a home and away double over Glamorgan in 2001, including an innings victory at Scarborough as they clinched the Division One title.
Glamorgan last beat Yorkshire in Championship cricket in 1999 with the Welsh side winning at Headingley by an innings and 52 runs thanks to a fine 186 by Matthew Maynard. However, for their last victory over the White Rose county in Wales, you have to go back to May 1987 when Yorkshire lost at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff by 73 runs after Rodney Ontong took 6-91.
Glamorgan have a good record at Colwyn Bay beating Leicestershire by 108 runs last summer thanks to a five-wicket haul from James Harris and a maiden Championship century by Will Bragg. In 2009 Glamorgan also beat Leicestershire by an innings and 72 runs at Colwyn Bay, before beating Worcestershire by 241-runs in 2010.
Andrew GALE, Moin ASHRAF, Gary BALLANCE, Gerard BROPHY (wk), Phil JAQUES, Adam LYTH, Anthony McGRATH, Steve PATTERSON, Azeem RAFIQ, Adil RASHID, Joe ROOT, Ryan SIDEBOTTOM and Mitchell STARC.
The Tykes include Adil Rashid in the squad as historically the Colwyn Bay ground has provided help for spin. Will the Yorkshire side field two frontline spinners for the first time this season?
Glamorgan have named a 12-man squad for their annual visit to North Wales adding Will Owen and Robert Croft to the eleven - minus James Harris - who drew with Leicestershire at the SWALEC Stadium last week.
GP Rees, SJ Walters, WD Bragg, MJ North, BJ Wright, J Allenby, MA Wallace (capt), JC Glover, DA Cosker, HT Waters, WT Owen and RDB Croft.