DAY ONE - CLOSE OF PLAY
The opening day of the Specsavers County Championship match between Yorkshire and Middlesex at Headingley was washed out without a ball bowled.
Overnight and morning rain led umpires Jeremy Lloyds and Richard Illingworth to decide there would be no play before lunch just 10 minutes after the scheduled start time at 10.30am.
The rain cleared at approximately midday, with the ground-staff removing some of the covers.
But, with the surface particularly wet at the Football Stand End of the ground, the chances of play starting were always remote.
The umpires inspected at 12.30pm and 2pm and abandoned the day shortly after the latter.
Champions Middlesex are sixth in the Division One table, 26 points clear of the bottom two, while Yorkshire are seventh and 23 points clear. This is the first of four remaining games.
No toss has taken place, while the teams haven’t been declared.
Yorkshire overseas batsman Shaun Marsh
“It’s very frustrating. We want to get out there and play, but it’s pretty wet.”
Marsh debuts this week in four-day cricket having played for Yorkshire in the NatWest T20 Blast.
He returns to Australia after next week’s clash with Surrey at the Oval to prepare for the start of Western Australia’s domestic summer later this month.
“I’ve loved it here,” he said. “The club’s been fantastic towards myself and my family. They’re a great bunch of guys who play here.
“It was a bit disappointing that we didn’t make the finals in the T20 competition, but I’ve really enjoyed. Hopefully I can finish off strong in the couple of Championship games I have left before I go home.”
Middlesex director of cricket Angus Fraser
"We both need to play some cricket and win some games. I drove up from London this morning, and it started raining around Nottingham and seemed to get heavier. It's taken a lot of water, especially down the bottom end near the Football Stand.
"People say the slope's been levelled out here, but there is still a slope there. Naturally, the water's going to go down. It's too splashy, unfortunately."