Yorkshire, Surrey await umpires~~ decision on semis venue

Published: Friday, August 2, 2002, 20:46 [IST]
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 London: Prospects of Yorkshire and Surrey playing their Trophy semi-final away from a rain-sodden Headingley will depend upon an umpires' inspection on Friday morning.

Play has been washed out without a ball being bowled during the past two days and the weather is not predicted to improve for Friday's final reserve day. However, a final decision on whether to move the match will not be made until the umpires have had one more inspection. "We will have a look tomorrow (Friday) and if it is still raining at lunchtime, we will consider moving to a suitable ground within an hour's striking distance," said Yorkshire chief executive Chris Hassell. If the teams cannot play at least a 10-overs per side match on Friday the game would be decided by a bowl out - cricket's equivalent of the penalty shoot-out - at Headingley's indoor school. Somerset and Kent were playing their semi-final as scheduled at Taunton on Thursday. The final of the Trophy, England's senior One-day competition, takes place at Lord's on August 31.

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