Due to significant concerns about the pitch, Somerset County Cricket Club has regretfully taken the decision to return the planned Bath fixture against Yorkshire Vikings, scheduled for 15th August, back to the County Ground in Taunton. This decision has been taken because we do not believe that the pitch will be suitable for hosting the fixture
Guy Lavender, Somerset’s CEO said
“This is very disappointing for everyone concerned and we apologise for the inconvenience that this change of venue will inevitably cause.
“Over the last few weeks we have undertaken a detailed pitch survey and inspection by both our Head Groundsman and the ECB’s specialist pitch consultant. Their conclusions were unequivocal, identifying significant risks that the pitch would not be capable of hosting this important penultimate round fixture. We felt that it was necessary to make a decision at this stage in order to minimise the disruption to those making plans to come from Yorkshire, our own supporters and our commercial partners in Bath.
“This is a great shame but the implications of playing a first class fixture on a pitch that is not fit for purpose would be extremely damaging to the Club. We really enjoy playing a fixture at Bath and will be working very hard with both Bath Rugby and the Bath Area Committee in a bid to identify whether we can create a sustainable and low risk solution for future years.”
Michael Davis, Chairman of the Bath and Wilts Area Committee said:
“We are very disappointed that Somerset County Cricket Club has had to make this decision. The England & Wales Cricket Board has inspected and advised Somerset against playing the fixture this year at Bath and we must respect the decision under these circumstances, with all the potential consequences if things did not go well.
“We are pleased that Somerset has again confirmed its long term intention to play at Bath. We have a lot of work to do locally to ensure that we have a venue in which everyone can have confidence. In our view, this has got to be the Rec. Looking forward to the completion of whatever Rugby Club development takes place, there is a huge potential for first class cricket on the Rec, both in terms of spectator capacity and the natural beauty of the surroundings.”
Those who have purchased tickets for this fixture will be contacted shortly by post and will be given the option to:
1) Transfer their ticket/s to the rearranged match at The County Ground, Taunton.
2) Have a full refund. Please note that all refunds will only be made to the person who made the original purchase, will only be made to the face value of the tickets and will not include any admin charges paid when making the original payment.
Refunds will take:
2-5 weeks if processed via credit/debit card
6-8 weeks if processed via cheque (a £2 administration fee will be deducted for refunds made by cheque).
For further information please contact the Commercial Team on 0845 337 1875.