CRICKETher has today spoken to the ECB regarding events at Edmonton on Sunday, whereby the Middlesex-Berkshire County Championship match had to be abandoned without a ball being bowled, due to inadequate pitch coverage the night before.
While it is the sole responsibility of the cricket boards to organise grounds for women’s county matches, the ECB have assured us that they have been made aware of the issue and are doing all they can to rectify the situation.
Beth Wild, the ECB’s Media Manager for England Women and Non First Class Cricket, stated:
“The ECB does not currently impose any minimum standards for the grounds used for the women’s County competitions, nor do we have any sanctions in place for incidents of this kind. However, the ECB does expect County Cricket Boards to ensure that the venues they select to host matches in all Non First Class County competitions have sufficient infrastructures in place to provide the best possible opportunity for matches to go ahead, especially when we experience inclement weather.”
“We have this morning contacted the Middlesex Cricket Board and asked them to review the further matches planned to be played at Edmonton CC this summer.”
The MCB now have just under three weeks to act on this before Middlesex Women’s next scheduled fixture at Edmonton on Monday 25th May, against Lancashire.