I wasn’t there but got angry watching the game from Hove last night. Sussex beat Kent because Kent were 2 runs short on the Duckworth Lewis method after 11 overs because the light was so bad – in the opinion of the umpires. The game was an officially classed night game and so according to the rules the Floodlights had to be switched on for the duration of the game. However, four of the lights had failed earlier in the day yet the game was a) allowed to start, b) not reduced in length. So after Sussex huffed and puffed to 131-3 Kent had to bat in a situation which should never have been allowed to happen. Kent kept ahead of the required run rate for the first 10 overs without losing a wicket. In fact only 3 teams so far this season have gone as far as the 10th over without losing a wicket. After the 11th over with Kent at 61-0 and 2 runs behind the D/L score the umpires confired and said there would be one more over. Kent needed to score 5 to win….As Martin-Jenkins was running in to bowl the umpires stopped play and said it was too dark and in the confusion announced Sussex had won….No offering the light or anything. A complete farce!
Secondly, start of the Twenty20 World Cup and England are playing Holland. I have no issue with the smaller teams playing but the ECB want £60 a ticket for this one! £60 for a game which if England bowl first could be over in little more than an hour…..