The opening match of the 2015 Nagico Super50 featuring defending champions Barbados and the Combined Campuses and Colleges was abandoned without a ball bowled at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain Couva yesterday.
After four inspections by the umpires Joel Wilson, who is set to officiate in next month’s ICC World Cup, Nigel Duguid and Anthony Sanowar, the game was finally abandoned at 1.46 p.m. because the surface of the outfield was unfit for play.
There was no rain at the venue yesterday but showers earlier in the week left the outfield waterlogged as both teams had to settle for two points each.
The sides were frustrated with the eventual result with assistant manager of the Barbados Pride Dexter Toppin saying that for big tournaments such as the Super50, the games should be played at better grounds which have proper drainage.
“It is very unfortunate that we came here at the Cricket Centre and there is no play,” said Toppin. “We had rain probably for the whole week and Barbados in the first game as defending champions we would have really liked to get some cricket in but it is unfortunate.
“We can’t do much about the weather but again I think the authorities must look at it very closely in terms of conditions to meet to play cricket in a West Indies tournament because if tournaments like these is rained-off then it really doesn’t make sense because if you really want to push your cricket, you really need have the best facilities to play on,” Toppin added.
“There are two more games in the Zone to play and we have to make sure we win those games and we hope the rain does not affect us again,” he added.
CCC head coach Floyd Reifer said his players were also disappointed that they could not get onto the field yesterday.
The “Students” are not part in the West Indies Cricket Board Professional Cricket League four-day competition and this Super50 will be their only outing on the regional circuit this season.
“We came here to play some good cricket. We look forward to Saturday’s game and hopefully there will be no rain. We made some suggestions to the umpires and the officials here so I hope they will take our suggestions seriously going forward to Saturday,” said Reifer.
CCC play the Windward Islands Volcanoes tomorrow at the NCC from 9 a.m. while Barbados face the Guyana Jaguars at Queen’s Park Oval in the day-night fixture bowling off at 1.30 p.m.
Zone B actions bowls off today with hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force coming up against the West Indies Under-19s at Shaw Park in Tobago from 9 a.m. while the Leeward Islands tackle Jamaica at Queen’s Park Oval from 1.30 p.m.