Scotland news July 19, 2012

England-Scotland ODI cancelled due to flooding


The one-day international between Scotland and England scheduled for The Grange in Edinburgh on August 12 has been cancelled due to the ground having recently been flooded and concerns about a continuing poor forecast for the area.

Although the match remains three weeks away Cricket Scotland could not be sure that the ground would be playable for an international fixture and that the required infrastructure, such as temporary seating, would not cause long-term damage.

Cricket Scotland and the ECB held discussions about moving the fixture but no suitable alternative could be found at short notice which means Scotland will lose the lucrative match which is part of the ECB's deal to play Ireland and Scotland in alternate years to help promote the game.

Roddy Smith, the Cricket Scotland chief executive, said: "This is a hugely frustrating decision that Cricket Scotland have had to make, but we could not justifiably take the risk of building on a ground so saturated from a major flood and six weeks of consistent rain.

"The build is only two weeks away and with an unsettled forecast for the remainder of July we have had to make a decision based on the facts presented to us and the professional advice we have taken. We have been faced with an unprecedented and sustained period of rain that has, unfortunately, taken the season's biggest game from us.

"The weather has been horrific. Water on the ground was up to five feet deep in some please. We just rent the ground, and we are grateful for it, and we don't want to risk a situation where cranes are hauling out lorries hauling out toilets.

"The rain has has decimated Scottish club cricket. In more than 20 years as a player and administrator, this has been the worse sustained spell of bad weather I have ever known."

The cancellation of the fixture does remove a potential headache for the England selectors and Andy Flower, the director of cricket, as the match was sandwiched between the second and third Tests against South Africa while there is also a series between England Lions and Australia A taking place either side of when the ODI was due to be played.

It had been expected that England would field almost a third XI for the match to give key players a rest. Cricket Scotland were prepared to accept that in the belief that it would still help to promote the game. With the 2013 summer equally crammed with the visit of New Zealand, England's hosting of the Champions Trophy and an Ashes series, Smith accepts that there is no possibility of an England visit until 2014 at the earlest.

Smith said: "All ticket holders will be refunded in full by our ticketing partner, Ticket Soup, and we will be contacting everyone who has purchased a ticket with free offers to attend matches next season. I am very grateful for the support and understanding of all our key partners. Everyone is very disappointed but understands the exceptional circumstances we are faced with."

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Roo on July 20, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    This just doesn't seem right... The ECB gets billion dollar deals with media companies, yet Scotland cricket has to rent their home ground... There are 18 county teams that get supported by the ECB, so why not Scotland - I thought they were the same country... In Oz the Federal Govt is giving hundreds of millions of dollars supporting the rebuilding of Adelaide Oval, SCG, Manuka Oval + what regional govt & other sporting organisations put in - why can't Eng do the same?... Too much "old boys school" for my liking...

  • Dummy4 on July 19, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    The Grange is really the only ground Scotland have to host this. Unfortunatley the ground sits near the Water of Leith, the river that runs through Edinburgh. Its flooded about 4 times in the last 2 months. Thats more than in the previous 4 years I reckon. It had burst its banks again tonight when I went passed on the bus.

    My own teams ground is less than a mile away. We havent had a home game in weeks. The 1s pitch is essentially a duck pond and has been for weeks.

    Its nobodys fault its just that we have had more rain in Edinburgh in the last two months than any summer I can ever remember. And we've had some shockers!

  • Dean on July 19, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    Disappointing news, you would have thought the game could have been rearranged at Durham, Headingly or some other small ground in the north of England. A bit strange that it was scheduled in between 2nd & 3rd tests as this would have pretty much ruled out all the guys the playing in the tests.

  • anil on July 19, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    what a shame. With more than 3 weeks left - couldn't ECB/Cricket Scotland host this at an alternative venue this instead?

  • Dummy4 on July 19, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Seems amazing they can't find an alternative ground somewhere - or reschedule for a date when England could send a second team rather than a third.

  • Joe on July 19, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Such a shame don't know how else Scotland will develop....

  • Mark on July 19, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    OK so the weather is foul and the game can't be played - no-one's fault. But there are alternatives! Play it at a later date, maybe at a ground in the North of England such as Durham, maybe at a Scottish ground without installing accommodation for extra spectators. Such options are not ideal, but infinitely better than just scrubbing out a fixture which, for the world of Scottish Crisket, is so very important.

  • Samuel on July 19, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Seems a bit odd to make this decision, considering the forecast is for it to get better around most of the country. Ah well, you know what they say - the Sun in Scotland is just a newspaper...

  • chris on July 19, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    This decision is short-changing the England fans north of the border, and the guys in the Scotland set up! I note that the Durham game on the 5th of August hasn't been pulled! Who's managing England's schedule now? Terrible scheduling - terrible timing!

  • Harriet on July 19, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Oh what a shame :( And Scotland was so sunny earlier this year.

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