Floodlights a hit with Jason
The new floodlights at the Cooper Associates County Ground were used for the first time during a match in the recent Specsavers County Championship fixture against Kent.
Day one of the match was a complete wash-out and therefore extra time needed to be made up during the remaining days.
Play finally got underway just after 1pm on day two.
During the final session of that second day, the lights were turned on for the first time.
Regarding the use of the lights in the game, Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “In a game that ebbed and flowed like that and was interrupted by the weather, we were incredibly fortunate to have the lights. Without them it’s extremely unlikely that we would have got the same volume of cricket played.
“The lights enabled us to play for longer, which meant that a positive result was possible.
“County Championship winners can sometimes be decided by the weather and you need a bit of luck. Usually the best team wins over the course of the six months, but most teams have floodlights in Division One now. We didn’t have them until now, which I felt was something of a disadvantage because we would have to go off for bad light whilst others were still playing on.
“You want to be able to control as many things as possible and we are now in the fortunate position to have these lights at our disposal.
“The lights themselves are unbelievable. The launch event was phenomenal and the ground will be buzzing on the 26th when we use them against Essex for our first day/night match.”
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