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Last Updated: Saturday, 20 August 2005, 16:16 GMT 17:16 UK
White makes mad dash to get delay
Craig White hits out during his unbeaten 40
We're not making any excuses
Craig White
Yorkshire captain Craig White had to run three miles from the team's hotel to the Rose Bowl to request the start of the C&G semi-final be delayed.

White made his dash after their coach driver was unable to drive them to the ground after a late arrival from Manchester the night before.

"It was the furthest I have run all season - I was shattered before we started," admitted White.

"I didn't realise how far it was. My shoes are worn out at the moment."

Employment law forbade the coach driver from returning to the wheel for nine hours after the team arrived from Manchester, after the end of their Roses match with Lancashire on Friday.

Several members of the team hitched lifts with journalists and hotel staff to try to get to the Rose Bowl on time, while they had to load their gear onto a gardener's truck to get it to the ground.

"One of the lads had his car here but a gardener brought the rest of our stuff up and dropped it a mile away, and we had to carry the bags from there," explained all-rounder Anthony McGrath.

"It wasn't ideal but that's no excuse."

White also refused to use his side's chaotic preparation for their limp display, or the absence of Michael Vaughan, Matthew Hoggard, Chris Silverwood and Ian Harvey.

"It's been a pretty average day, but we're not making any excuses," he added.

"We were just outplayed on the day by Hampshire, who beat us in every discipline.

"We were up for it but it just didn't happen for us. We lost wickets at bad times, we never got a partnership going and couldn't get momentum.

"We were just stranded not knowing where to go. It was tough."




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