Somerset's County Championship match against Surrey abandoned
Last Updated: 29/09/18 9:50am
Somerset's County Championship match against Surrey has been abandoned after Storm Bronagh blew the covers off the pitch at Taunton, leaving it unfit to play on.
Heavy wind and rain lifted the covers from wicket on Thursday night, creating a damp patch at the River End of the pitch.
Umpires inspected the surface on Friday morning and deemed it unfit for play, with Somerset 168-3 in their second innings - still 171 runs behind Surrey's first innings total.
Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart voiced his frustrations at the end of the match after the newly-crowned champions missed out on the chance to record a 10th consecutive win in the County Championship.
"It's very frustrating. We were trying to win a game and it's been taken out of our hands in a game where we were well ahead," he said.
"These things don't happen too often but imagine if this game was a Championship decider, which at one stage it was looking to be, and this had happened. It's probably worth the ECB looking ahead to see what would happen.
"Is it an abandoned game? Is it the home side's responsibility to make sure the covering is of the right standard? I don't know but we're disappointed as are Somerset."
Somerset chief executive Andrew Cornish apologised for the abandoned match on Twitter.
"Not even additional sandbags and secondary ties on covers could hold them in place," he tweeted. "Apologies for those planning to come today but that was a prolonged and exceptional storm last night."
Watch champion Surrey take on Essex in the final round of matches of the County Championship season, live on Sky Sports Cricket from 10am on Monday.
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