Recent Match Report – Glamorgan vs Yorkshire Group 3 2021

Glamorgan 330 and 161 for 4 (B Root 77*, Cook 57*) lead Yorkshire 193 by 298 runs

The most famous snow stoppage in English cricket, in Buxton in June 1975, has become so romanticised in retelling that it would be no surprise to read one day that sleigh bells were magically heard in the pavilion and everybody feasted on chestnuts and mulled wine.

Whatever you may be told 50 years from now about the sudden snow storm that engulfed Headingley, the truth is that it was a suitably miserable conclusion to one of the coldest, most disconsolate mornings in Yorkshire cricket’s history.

Both Yorkshire new-ball bowlers off the field, injured during the second day of the Championship season; a wicketless morning as Glamorgan carefully plotted an unexpected victory against a debilitated attack; and gaping, empty stands because of the Covid-19 restrictions that implied the futility of it all. Wherever in the world that cricket was being enjoyed, in whatever format, at whatever level, it had to be better than this.

The Buxton blizzard was special because it was snow in June, abnormal even in the Peak District. It hit the news bulletins and somehow captured the gentle romanticism of county cricket played on outgrounds: spectators and officials were photographed going about their business in overcoats. Snow at Headingley on April 10, 2021, came in a different world. It merely contended that Championship cricket so early in the year, with 14 English professionals away at the IPL and other international players rested, is at best an exercise in optimism and at worst a commitment that is unsustainable.

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