The first day of the second Investec Test between England and New Zealand was washed out after persistent rain at Headingley.
Umpires Steve Davis and Aleem Dar decided to abandon play for the day shortly before 4pm, by which point even the most hardy of supporters had departed the stadium.
After the excitement of the final day at Lord’s, when Stuart Broad’s seven-wicket haul fired England to a 170-run victory, yesterday proved a damp squib for all concerned.
Amid dark skies and rain, the toss was shunted from its scheduled time of 10.30am before the umpires had even inspected the pitch.
An early lunch followed but there was never a realistic chance of the players making to the middle as the bad weather continued throughout the afternoon.
The news will be a disappointment to Yorkshire, who saw a one-day international against West Indies washed out last summer, as well as heavy showers interrupting the finale of the South Africa Test.
Full refunds will be offered to all 10,000 ticket holders - as well as the option to take a ticket for next year’s Test against Sri Lanka instead.
Yorkshire, who are battling a sizeable debt, will not incur a heavy financial loss as a result, with major match income covered by a comprehensive insurance deal.
But chief executive Mark Arthur, who took over only a fortnight ago, admits it is a disappointment for the county’s biggest game of the year to start in such frustrating circumstances.
“Disappointment is the word. It’s disappointing for everyone at Headingley, for the supporters and for the cricketers,” he said. “In cricket you learn to accept you have days like this and you get on and deal with it, but I was really pleased with the turnout we were due to have.” .
“There’s very little financial implication other than the disappointment and the fact that we will be remembered for missing out on the first day.
“The forecast for the next few days is very good.”