THERE was no play possible before lunch on day one in the penultimate round Specsavers County Championship match between Yorkshire and Hampshire at Emerald Headingley due to rain.

Hampshire captain James Vince opted for an uncontested toss and to bowl first prior to an expected 10.45am start following overnight rain.

However, just before the start, the rain returned.

There was enough time for Yorkshire captain Steve Patterson to hand a county cap to seamer Ben Coad, the 24-year-old who has taken 90 wickets and counting in the last two seasons of Championship cricket.

Yorkshire came into this fixture needing a maximum of 18 points from the final two games to secure their Division One future, while Hampshire need a maximum of 11.

After successive wins over Worcestershire and Somerset, they will have designs on finishing third rather than looking over their shoulders.