Lancs escape pitch punishment
Lancashire have escaped punishment after the ECB pitch panel found that the Old Trafford pitch used for the 205-run defeat to Worcestershire did not warrant a points penalty.
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The panel, convened on Friday evening, said that the pitch was poor but Lancashire's director of cricket Mike Watkinson revealed that "extenuating circumstances" had been taken into account.
"The extenuating circumstances were the weather we've had, the amount of time we've been able to expose the wicket because of bad weather, which has been significant in grass dying off on the square, and the fact that our preparation processes were in line with ECB good practice," said Watkinson.
"The pitch has been pretty much lacking in grass and it's got quite dry and it has taken a reasonable amount of spin from the start."