Yorkshire warm-up with win after icy start
Yorkshire often expect a frosty reception at Old Trafford but the scene that greeted the players on Monday was taking it to the extreme. The one-day friendly, if a match between these two teams can ever be classed as such, was delayed for 45 minutes as the ground staff hacked mountains of ice off the covers.
Despite the chilly start, a decent crowd was able to watch a full match although the temperature never threatened to hit double figures despite wall-to-wall sunshine. Yorkshire warmed the hearts of their supporters, completing a 24-run win despite the match being their first serious cricket of the season.
Lancashire have spent 10 days in St. Kitts, but laboured with the bat after restricting Yorkshire to 200 for 8. The top order struggled to find the boundary as Yorkshire's young attack kept control. Stuart Law's wicket - brilliantly caught at second slip by a flying Matthew Wood - put Yorkshire in command and they didn't let up. Andrew Crook and Dominic Cork struck combative forties, but they had been left too much to do.
The second of two matches, scheduled for today, fell victim to more seasonal conditions as heavy overnight and morning rain led to it being abandoned by 10am. Lancashire start their Championship season against Hampshire, at Old Trafford, on April 18, and Yorkshire a day later against the defending champions, Nottinghamshire.