By CONRAD SUTCLIFFE
DEVON’S T20 double-header against Dorset at Bridgwater was abandoned less than seven overs into the day due to safety fears about the pitch.
The pitch at the Parks was unpredictable due to moisture below the surface that made batting conditions treacherous.
Dave Tall, Devon’s director of cricket, said although it was frustrating to travel a long distance for virtually no action, the umpires made the right decision.
“We were put on the same strip used for a second team game the day before and it appeared to have been watered since,” said Tall.
“Good length balls were flying all over the place and one went straight past Alex Barrow’s head.
“Had you won the toss you would not want to bat on it – and we lost the toss.
“The umpires did totally the right thing for the safety of the players, although it was frustrating not to be able to play.”
Barrow had top scored with 21 in Devon’s total of 41 for three when umpires Haydn Williams and Richard Turner decided enough was enough.”
Devon’s truncated season ends next Sunday when they face Wiltshire in a 50-over county game at Sidmouth (11am).