Rain thwarts Tykes chances

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YORKSHIRE lived up to their promise of a positive approach to their cricket this season by setting Essex a generous target on the final day of the LV= County Championship match at Headingley yesterday but the game ended in a draw after being abandoned because of rain.

Captain Andrew Gale asked the visitors to make 262 in 74 overs and they were soon struggling as Ajmal Shahzad fired out openers Billy Godleman and Alviro Petersen with only seven scored.

But at 26 for two in 11 overs, heavy rain came to the rescue of Essex and a couple of hours later the game had to be abandoned as a draw, Yorkshire taking seven points from the match and their opponents six.