Cricket: Yorkshire among rain victims as Roses showdown washed out

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THE T20 Roses clash at Old Trafford last night was among the many victims of the heavy rain as cricket in the north and midlands suffered a total washout yesterday.

All the earlier games in the Midlands and northwards - including Derbyshire’s clash with Notts - were called off without a ball even close to being bowled and prospects were grim throughout the day for Yorkshire’s game with Lancashire as rain fell in Manchester.

An inspection at 4.30pm finally brought the inevitable ‘off’ decision, a costly one for the host club who were expecting a bumper crowd.

Yorkshire had qualified for the T20 quarter-finals the previous day when beating Notts by six wickets at Trent Bridge.

They now go into their final game against Derbyshire at Headingley tomorrow (2.40pm) knowing a win will guarantee a home quarter-final - they haven’t had one in their two previous last-eight appearances.

Only Notts can overhaul Yorkshire for top spot. The best-placed second club in the groups also gets a home quarter-final.

With more rain forecast today, England’s fourth one-day international against Australia is in jeopardy at Durham. The third one was washed out on Wednesday.

Graeme Swann will be the latest England bowler rested and won’t play in the final ODI either. England lead 2-0.