We often hear the term ‘Rains Stops Play.’ It is one of the most common reasons behind Cricket matches gets stalled. But not always. Sometimes there are weird reasons which can play a part in ruining the day’s play. The members of the 2nd XIs of Yorkshire and Lancashire experienced one of these bizarre incidents in recent times.
The Yorkshire and Lancashire 2nd XIs were forced to spend the afternoon watching the weather from the changing rooms all because of unexpected snowfall that caused a delay their match at Headingley. The match was hampered by around 4.20pm and no play took place, forcing the umpires to suspend play1.
There was also a flurry of snow in Birmingham at Edgbaston but it came the day after Warwickshire had drawn with Surrey in their Division One County Championship clash.
A similar phenomenon took place during the between Somerset and Surrey at the Oval where the game was halted by snow. However, this match did not suffer much from snow as the bad weather subsided and only delayed the start of the match.
The Somerset and Surrey were not the first major match to be halted by snow. Another similar incident is the much more famous “snow stopped play” match which took place in Buxton. The fact which makes the ‘snow stopped play’ incident mesmerising is that the snowfall occurred during one of the hottest summers on record in 1976.
The small spa town of Buxton situated in Derbyshire hosted a county championship match between Derbyshire and Lancashire in 1975. Lancashire batted first and the likes of Frank Hayes and Clive Lloyd and David Lloyd smashed the home team mercilessly and declared on 477 for 5 on Day One.
Derbyshire, in response, were 25 for 2 by stumps. As it happens during Test games during summer, shirtless spectators holding beer and ice cream flocked the stands.
However, the weather saw a drastic change as a hailstorm followed by heavy snow arrived with full intensity on the following day, a Sunday. It was the rest day and the conditions were expected to improve, but it did not.
There was more than a foot of snow on the ground and no play was possible on the following day. The umpires Dickie Bird and Dusty Rhodes found snow above their boot level when they went out for an inspection in the morning. The play was obviously called off for the day.
The West Indian Clive Lloyd, however, had some fun time and was least bothered of the match after experiencing the snowfall. The Telegraph reported he apparently had a snow fight with Farokh Engineer.
Talk about making the most of every moment!