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Pitch doubt remains for TCI Twenty20 opener

AFTER weeks of delays, the TCI A-grade Twenty20 competition remains under a cloud due to the state of the Heritage Oval pitch.

Officials are hopeful the season will finally hit-off on Friday night when last summer's grand finalist University take on Northern Brothers Diggers.

The match was originally scheduled for October 5 before the draw was altered to give Heritage Oval more time to recover from the winter sporting season.

But not all those involved in tonight's season-opener are convinced the pitch is ready.

Diggers have a big weekend with a two-day game and the one-day final and skipper Derek Nitschke said he thought adding a T20 game looked unlikely.

"I doubt we'll get on. I had a look at the pitch yesterday and ... I'm not real confident," Nitschke said.

Heritage Oval curator Rob Mills admitted the pitch was below its best but said it was still playable.

"They'll still be playing, but the pitch itself isn't looking too good," he said.

"With the end of the rugby season and the cricket season so close, the pitch hasn't recovered. It's got bare patches through it.

"The only time we've had decent rain has been on the weekend when the covers are on and the pitch hasn't taken it.

"From the new year it will be good. It needs time for the grass to come in."

Topics:  cricket heritage oval twenty20 cricket



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