Scor­pi­ons skip­per high­lights Sabina drainage

Jamaica Gleaner - - SATURDAY - Jer­maine Lan­na­man Gleaner Writer – P.C.

JA­MAICA SCOR­PI­ONS captain Nikita Miller be­lieves play could have taken place on yes­ter­day’s first day of their rain-af­fected third-round Dig­i­cel Re­gional Four-day Cham­pi­onship fix­ture against lead­ers Bar­ba­dos Pride at Sabina Park if the venue had a bet­ter drainage sys­tem.

Play was called off at ap­prox­i­mately 2:30 p.m. when the um­pires ruled that the ground was un­fit for play due to overnight and early morn­ing rain.

How­ever, as was the case in the sec­on­dround clash be­tween the Ja­maica and Wind­wards Vol­ca­noes last week­end at the venue, where rain pre­vented play for most of the first day, many felt that had the venue’s wa­terdrainage sys­tem been work­ing prop­erly, there could have been play.

“I think the main­te­nance of the ground needs some ur­gent work,” said Miller when asked to as­sess the pre­ma­ture end to day one.

“You can­not do any­thing about the rain, but what you can do is to get your ground ready, and I don’t think our ground is that ready.”

POCK­ETS OF WATER

Ac­cord­ing to the 34-year-old, who was ap­pointed to lead the team at the start of the sea­son, since pre­sea­son, prepa­ra­tion started in Au­gust, there had been pock­ets of water on the sur­face of the field when­ever it rained and this was due to im­proper drainage.

This, he said, was sub­se­quently dis­cussed and it was widely be­lieved that if there were to be heavy rain be­fore or dur­ing matches, it could se­ri­ously af­fect the out­come.

“There were signs dur­ing pre­sea­son dur­ing prepa­ra­tions that if it rained heav­ily, there could be prob­lems,” Miller out­lined.

“It, there­fore, comes as lit­tle sur­prise to us that since the Wind­wards game, there has been lengthy de­lays when­ever there is a

MILLER

down­pour.

“I don’t know where it has gone wrong, as last year, we had rain and we did not have these sort of long de­lays.”

He con­tin­ued: “I don’t know if it is the foot­ball that has been play­ing at the ground. I can­not say as I am not a pro­fes­sional in that area.”

Mean­while, the Ja­maica Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion, who, along with Kingston Cricket Club, through Sabina Park Hold­ings, owns the venue, said it was aware that there could be a drainage prob­lem.

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to O’Neil Cruick­shank, the op­er­a­tions man­ager of the JCA, there has been no of­fi­cial as­sess­ment of the prob­lem.

“There is an ac­knowl­edge­ment that there could be a prob­lem with the drainage sys­tem, but we can­not say what it is as that is a tech­ni­cal mat­ter,” stated Cruick­shank.

“All we can say is that we have been hav­ing de­lays dur­ing games and we have had sit­u­a­tions like this be­fore where we have had heavy, heavy show­ers and in 20 to 30 min­utes we are play­ing.”

It was also out­lined by Cruick­shank that in light of the de­vel­op­ments, an as­sess­ment report is to be done with plans to ad­dress the sit­u­a­tion from a tech­ni­cal point of view dur­ing up­com­ing breaks in the sea­son.

Play is now sched­uled to be­gin at 9:30 a.m. over the next three days of the match to make up for some of the time lost.

CRUICK­SHANK

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