The application of excess water during the pitch preparation has been given as the reason behind the suspension of play on Thursday's opening day of the regional 4-day match between the Jamaica Scorpions and the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Sabina Park.
The Red Force who were sent in to bat, reached 23-2 when it's understood that West Indies batsman Darren Bravo who was at the crease with Jason Mohammed, complained that there was too much bounce in the pitch. Umpires Chris Taylor and Deighton Butler then consulted each-other and decided to suspend play at 10:45. The stoppage lasted 4 hours before play could finally resume at 2:45.
Curator at Sabina Park Michael Hylton admitted to an error during the preparation of the pitch. “We put water in the pitch on Monday night and also on Tuesday. Yesterday (Wednesday) we didn’t get enough time for the pitch to dry out,” noted Hylton.
However, Kelvin Williams, the coach of the T&T Red Force, laid the blame at the feet of the umpires. “The umpires went and passed the pitch fit to play. They could have waited and give it some time to dry out,” said Williams. In 1998, a test match between the West Indies and England at Sabina Park had to be abandoned after just 62 deliveries on the opening day because of what was deemed to be a dangerous pitch.
Meanwhile, the Jamaica Scorpions had reduced the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to 135-7 in their first innings at stumps on day one of their regional 4-day contest at Sabina Park. Rovman Powell has so far done the damage with 3-30 while Oshane Thomas has grabbed 2-21 and Nikita Miller 2-41.
Yannic Cariah with an unbeaten top score off 22 and Khary Pierre 17 not out were the batsmen at the crease at the close. Both teams are laying at the foot of the regional 4-day championship points standings.