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Allott: the launch was below average

Lancashire accused Somerset of producing a launch that was "below average hitting the poor" after they fell 22 fields on the first day of their championship match in Taunton.

Questions about surface quality could leave Somerset open to a points penalty, since it is less than 12 months since they were reprimanded by the ECB for producing a "below average" pitch for their last game of the 2017 season. With Somerset second in Division One and trying to keep pace with the Surrey leaders, any deduction will probably have an impact on the title race.

The result in Taunton could also have repercussions at the other end of the table. Lancashire entered the game in fifth place, but only nine points ahead of Worcestershire, which is in last place, after having played one more game.

Although Paul Allott, director of cricket of Lancashire, admitted that there had been "indifferent batting" on both sides, he referred directly to ECB regulations when he was interviewed on BBC Radio Lancashire. After ordering and winning a pitch, Lancashire chose to hit only to be sent off for 99, left-hander Jack Leach took 5 of 28; Somerset was sent off for 192, and Lancashire lost two more yards before the shutdown, both to Leach.

"It's the beginning of the second day, so the game is still in full swing," Allott said. "And I would like to start by citing the ECB's launch regulations.

"The forerunner of these is pretty clear, says with the purpose of maintaining the highest level of releases in all matches, the relevant provision is as follows:" Each county will actively seek to prepare the cricket field of better quality than you can for the party you're staging. " And I firmly believe that that is not the best possible release that could have been prepared for this game

"It's disappointing because obviously the situation for both teams is intriguing, it's extremely important for Somerset and for Lancashire." Somerset seeks to pressure the leaders and try to win the County Championship and Lancashire obviously in an aerial duel to avoid relegation.

"I will say that yesterday, although 22 portals fell, there were some indifferent bats and that Somerset in general surpassed us in performance, but to be honest, that tone is below the average that borders on the poor, from my point of view day Test the playing field, it is worn out, has holes and there are some areas that are very conducive to spinning skittles ".

Paul Allott, director of cricket in Lancashire, talks about the launch of Taunton with Cricket liaison officer Dean Cosker © Getty Images

After the first day, Jason Kerr, Somerset coach, said that He was not worried about a pitch and suggested that many of the grounds had fallen as a result of "very bad cricket". He added: "I have not spoken to the Cricket Liaison Officer and probably will not until the end of the game, but I do not foresee a problem."

Any decision on the state of the court will fall on Dean Cosker, the former spinner of Glamorgan who is the CLO present in Taunton, after a discussion with the permanent referees, Paul Baldwin and Jeremy Lloyds.

However, the threat of punishment looms over Somerset, after they were marked for the intended field for their match against Middlesex last year: a descent decision in which Somerset managed 231 runs and helped preserve the State of Division One at a single point.

"I have no problem with what Jason Kerr says, it is not my prerogative to agree or disagree with him," Allott said. "All I can say is that, in my opinion, that pitch is not the best that could have been prepared and it's disappointing to get to Taunton and face those conditions in such an important game."

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