19 August, Monday
Durham’s T20 Blast fixture at Headingley was abandoned without a ball bowled this evening.
Rain forced the abandonment of this North Group fixture scheduled at 5pm, with the writing on the wall much earlier in the lunch time when the White Rose county published their Olympic swimmer inspired quip alongside a photograph of water on the covers just around 2.30 pm.
The two sides had to settle for a point each for the second time this summer after an early season Royal London one-day Cup fixture was blighted at Headingley, even though the time having started.
The quarter-final dreams of both counties have been affected as a result, but it seems unlikely whether the bottom side Yorkshire will be able to rectify their issues having only won once in 10 games.
They remain at the bottom of the North Group table having lost four times added to four No Results and a tie.
Durham remain firmly in the struggle for a top 4 finish for the second year running having won four and lost five of the 11 games played. This was their second Negative Result.
They are likely to end the night just one point away from the qualification positions.
Yorkshire should head into the closing stages of the group campaign with 3 points adrift of the top 4.
But, given the weightage to the number of teams above them, it seems like victory in all of their remaining 4 matches would be their only chance of quarter-final cricket for the first time since 2016 when they couldn't get through semi-final against Durham at Edgbaston.
Yorkshire only have one game remaining now at Headingley and are yet to win at their headquarters in this season’s T20 Blast.
Both counties return to Specsavers County Championship on Sunday before resuming their T20 Blast campaign against each other under the floodlights at Emirates Riverside next Friday night (6.30 pm ).