JLT Sheffield Shield 2017-18

Abandoned day 'not a good look': Seccombe

Sodden outfield prevents play on day one of decider between Queensland and Tasmania in Brisbane

Louis Cameron, at Allan Border Field, Brisbane

23 March 2018, 02:58 PM

Queensland coach Wade Seccombe admits the abandoned opening day of the JLT Sheffield Shield final at Allan Border Field is "not a good look for cricket" and further proof the ground is in desperate need of an upgrade.

Despite strong sunshine bearing down on Allan Border Field for almost the entirety of the afternoon, umpires Sam Nogajski and Gerard Abood made the decision to call play off at 3pm due to an unsafe outfield.

While the pitch looked in good shape for the five-day clash, the field of play and the bowlers’ run-ups in particular remained wet with the best efforts of groundstaff tirelessly driving 'super soppers' making little impact.

"It's definitely not a good look for cricket, it's definitely not a good look for Queensland Cricket," Seccombe told reporters.

"We've had a drop of rain today and we're not on the paddock. You're probably as frustrated as we are."

Groundstaff operate a super sopper on day one // Getty
Groundstaff operate a super sopper on day one // Getty

Seccombe denied that Queensland owe Tasmania, who need to win the match outright to claim the title, an apology: "I'm not sure we're going to go that far. 

"It's just not a good look for cricket but I'm not sure an apology is due. 

"It's been like this however long AB Field has been in this condition. What it does show is that we're due for a bit of an upgrade and that’s what we're trying to push for."

The Gabba, Queensland's usual venue for Shield games, is unavailable due to the start of the Australian Football League season.

Allan Border Field’s proximity to Breakfast Creek and nearby mangrove swamps means the area is easily flooded. 

Cricket Australia and Queensland Cricket have recently put an $18 million proposal to the state and federal governments which would see AB Field along with Shaw Road fields in Brisbane's north given a major facelift. 

The cricket bodies have committed $4.25m to the project dubbed the 'National Cricket Campus', with funding being sought for the balance to realise the project described as a "must-have" by CA team performance chief Pat Howard last year.

The upgrades would make it suitable to host domestic 50-over games, women's internationals, 'A' series games and tour matches for visiting international sides.

But with all that still in the pipeline, the few hundred spectators who came to see what shapes as an exciting Shield final were left disappointed on Friday.

With only 30 overs effectively lost from the game so far, Tasmania coach Adam Griffith was disappointed no play was possible but says his side are still in the hunt.

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"We understand why we're not playing - the ground's still very wet and it's probably dangerous, I reckon, to play on," said Griffith.

"The disappointing thing is how the ground's stayed in this state.

"If we're good enough, we've still got plenty of time."

The Bulls have been the standout team of this season's competition, finishing the regular season well clear on top of the standings while Tasmania finished second after winning a virtual semi-final against Victoria last week.

Play will begin at 9am local time (10am AEDT) with the toss scheduled for 8.15am.