Early rain at Allan Border Field meant no play for the Bulls and Tigers on day one of the Sheffield Shield final. (AAP: Glenn Hunt)
Queensland coach Wade Seccombe admits the state has been embarrassed by the abandonment of day one of their Sheffield Shield final against Tasmania due to a wet outfield.
Rain had not fallen since mid-morning at Brisbane’s Allan Border Field but the ground was still soaked from a week of regular showers — despite sunshine and blue skies overhead for most of the day and the constant use of “super sopper” machinery.
Umpires made a final inspection of the surface at 3:00pm on Friday, but ruled it was still unsuitable for play and could potentially disadvantage the fielding team by hindering a bowler’s ability to run in, or even prove hazardous.
Zane Bojack tweet: Sorry folks – Sheffield Shield final – QLD v TAS (called off for today). Umpires have decided the surface is not safe for play and play has been abandoned. Play will commence tomorrow at 9am. Coin toss at 8.15am.
A frustrated Seccombe said it underlined why Queensland Cricket was seeking state and federal government funding for a $14 million redevelopment of the venue, which also housed Australia’s National Cricket Centre.
“It’s definitely not a good look for cricket, and for Queensland Cricket,” he said.
“I don’t think we’ve had a drop of rain today and we’re not on the paddock … we want to be out there playing.
“It’s been like this for however long AB Field’s been in this condition.
“What it does show is we’re probably due for a bit of an upgrade and that’s what we’re trying to push for.
“I think it’s staring everyone in the face.”
Allan Border Field is situated on the site of a former rubbish dump, which had later become a rugby league ground.
It sits close to Breakfast Creek, with nearby streets flooding quickly in high tides or heavy rain.
Quentin Hull tweet: As a matter of interest, this weather at the vacant Gabba would have basically seen a full day of play.. #SheffieldShield
Drainage has barely been improved since cricket took over in 1998.
The Gabba, which has vastly superior drainage, was not available for the Shield final due to AFL commitments.
With only around 30 overs lost for the match barring any further disruptions, it gives the Queenslanders — who only need a draw to clinch the title — a slender advantage.
“We understand why we’re not playing — the ground’s still very wet and it’s probably dangerous, I reckon, to play on,” Tasmanian coach Adam Griffith said.
“The disappointing thing is how the ground’s stayed in this state. If we’re good enough, we’ve still got plenty of time.”