Cricket: Saltires cup clash set for a wash-out
Scotland’s crucial Intercontinental Cup clash with Canada is in danger of being washed out.
Former Saltires paceman Paul Hoffman, now head groundsman at Uddingston, reckons it will take a miraculous change in the weather to allow him to properly prepare a wicket and outfield befitting the occasion.
The four-day tussle is due to start this morning, but he has scant hopes. He said: “The past few weeks have been an absolute nightmare. I have tried to keep the covers on as much as possible, but the lack of light makes the grass start to die.
“The track is like a huge slab of plasticine and I have spent so much time attempting to mop up the puddles on the outfield.
“Demoralising doesn’t come close to how I feel. We haven’t had a fighting chance.
“We might be able to squeeze in some kind of one-innings match, but it depends on a marked improvement in the weather, and the forecast is not encouraging.”
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Weather for Edinburgh
Thursday 23 May 2013
Temperature: 5 C to 10 C
Wind Speed: 24 mph
Wind direction: North
Temperature: 5 C to 13 C
Wind Speed: 16 mph
Wind direction: North east