Rain washes out Somerset's Weston T20 warm-up
PUBLISHED: 10:29 11 May 2014 | UPDATED: 10:29 11 May 2014
WET weather overnight has scuppered Weston cricket fans' chances of seeing some Somerset sporting heroes up close at an exhibition match which had been scheduled to take place in the town.
Somerset County Cricket Club had been due to play a T20 game at Weston Cricket Club in Devonshire Road this afternoon (Sunday).
With the county scene’s T20 competition set to get underway next week, the match was being viewed as a warm-up for the main event, but would have given Weston fans the chance to see some top-level sportsmen playing locally.
Former England batsman Marcus Trescothick, international stars Alviro Petersen and Dirk Nannes, and big-hitting Somerset internationals like Craig Kieswetter, Nick Compton and Weston’s own Pete Trego were all expected to feature.
However, extensive overnight rain has left the outfield waterlogged and ‘unfit for play’. Strong winds also blew over the covers and left the wicket itself wet.
Discussions took place early this morning but an inspection deemed that no play would be possible.
Somerset’s chief executive Guy Lavender said: “Obviously we are extremely disappointed that we have had to cancel this fixture. A lot of work had gone in to staging this event and a lot of people have purchased tickets.
“These tickets will of course be refunded and we will be contacting supporters in due course to arrange this.
“We still remain committed to bringing cricket to Weston in the future.”
Somerset will begin their T20 campaign against Gloucestershire in Bristol on Friday, before hosting Surrey in their opening home game on Sunday.