0 Somerset CCC groundsman happy with pitch after heavy rain

Somerset County Cricket Club head groundsman Simon Lee said the County Ground had coped remarkably well in the wet weather.

Mr Lee, who has been looking after the ground since 2001, did not think there would be much play at Taunton Deane before June.

He said: "The crucial part is to get the silt back into the soil again just before all the water has gone, otherwise it will sit on top of the grass and kill it.

"You'd have to drag mass it down into the soil so the sun doesn't bake it and suffocate the grass, stopping it photosynthesising."

Mr Lee said a lot of cricket clubs across the region will have problems if the rain persists.

He said: "The main thing the grounds need is a bit of sunshine to help them because everywhere's saturated.

"For all cricket clubs it's going to be a struggle because the ground was so hard when the rain came, which has caused all the problems.

"The wicket is not doing too bad here at the County Ground considering we've had four inches of rain, but I'm lucky because I can cover the square if I need to and it saves me watering the wicket when it rains."

Article sourced from :-This is the Westcountry.co.uk

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