County Cricket - Hall’s pitch woes

ANDREW HALL was critical of the pitch at the County Ground after the Steelbacks slumped to a 12-run defeat against the Sussex Sharks in the Clydesdale Bank 40.

On a tired and worn 22 yards that made for poor one-day cricket, the home side came up short in their pursuit of a modest target of 180 and Hall felt it didn’t do them any favours.

He said: “It wasn’t an ideal pitch. We played a four-day game and a CB40 game on it and unfortunately that was one thing we’ve had to deal with.

“Playing against their attack, with three spinners, we’d have liked a fresh wicket which would suit us more.

“We knew it was going to be difficult on that pitch.

“We had Midders (James Middlebrook) bowling in the 10th over and it was turning square even then and with them having three spinners we knew it was going to be tough.”

But Hall believes that it was still a game that should have been won.

He added: “We had to get a solid start and take it from there. On that wicket 180 was always going to be a tough target.

“We lost a couple of wickets at the wrong time, which happens, and then it becomes tough.

“Trying to go in and score at seven runs an over wasn’t easy and it showed.

“But we know that we should have got the runs and when Jumble (David Sales) and Pedro (Stephen Peters) were in we looked good but it didn’t happen.”

With only one side automatically qualifying from each CB40 group for the semi-finals, the Steelbacks need to start winning, and soon, and Hall thinks they are more than capable of making their mark.

He continued: “If we can get back to playing the kind of cricket that I know we can and that we did at times last year then I think we can get ourselves into a good position in this competition.

“There are still plenty of games to play and that starts with Warwickshire next week.”