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Yorkshire chief executive Mark Arthur admits disappointment at Test washout

Under cover: The Headingley pitch spent day one under wraps with constant rainfall

Alistair Cook went for a stroll across a rain-filled outfield

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The washout on day one of the second Test between England and New Zealand at Headingley has inflicted further disappointment for Yorkshire.

Having watched rain drown out a one-dayer against West Indies last summer as well as disrupting the finale to the Test against South Africa, there was again little action on offer in Leeds.

All 10,000 ticket holders for the start of the second Test will be offered full refunds as well as the option of a ticket for next year's Sri Lanka Test match instead.

Earlier this year Yorkshire County Cricket Club announced they are battling with considerable debts, though they will not incur severe financial loss thanks to comprehensive insurance cover, and chief executive Mark Arthur admits it is a disappointing start to a grand occasion for the county.

"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 today.


"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."

Arthur, who only took office at the club two months ago, does however remain confident the Test could still produce a great spectacle.

"The forecast for the next three days is very good and we're very fortunate that we have a Bank Holiday weekend so it's a chance for the public to turn up and enjoy some cricket," he added.

"Hopefully we can still get a really good Test match here. We've sold about 12,000 already for tomorrow and with the weather forecast and walk-up sales it could look pretty good.

"The further north you travel from Lord's you tend to get that walk-up attitude because people are aware of the vagaries of the weather."