Curator shoulders blame for wet pitch at Sabina Park

By January 10, 2019

Sabina Park curator Michael Hylton has accepted responsibility for the wet pitch that caused the third-round match between the Jamaica Scorpions and the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the West Indies Championships, being delayed for four hours on Thursday’s opening day.

Play was suspended after just five overs as the wicket turned out to be a sticky dog offering unpredictable bounce that the umpires thought posed a threat to the batsmen. After play resumed the Scorpions crumbled to 134 for 7 after 38 overs as the home team gained the upper hand.

Hylton said he erred while preparing the pitch.

It’s a blunder on my part in respect to expecting good weather and not having it,” he said at the end of play Thursday.

He said the unpredictable weather conditions also played a role in what occurred.

“We put water in the pitch on Monday night and we put water in it on Tuesday. Yesterday (Wednesday) we didn’t have as much drying time. We had to cover from in the afternoon because there was rain,” Hylton explained.

“It (the pitch) did not get as much time to dry out.”

He said the umpires, who delayed play after five overs, would not have known how the pitch would play until after play began.

“They would have seen on top the surface would have been fine, and then when the ball started hitting the surface then is when they would have found out that the pitch is not standing up to the ball hitting on it.”

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