The morning matches of Hampshire v Surrey and Kent v Middlesex were played with the threat of thunder and lightning. The storm finally reached Haywards Heath just as the first match was finishing so they got a result, the second match played all but 4 or 5 holes and had to be called in TWICE! Finally, with the afternoon match of Sussex v Kent reaching the 2nd hole, the rain came down in sheets closing the course as the greens started to flood. Thunder and lightning was right overhead making the decision to abandon play inevitable.
The committee of the day made the decision to reduce play tomorrow (when the weather forecast is better) to 6 matches of 9 holes. This format will enable us to catch up the matches remaining unplayed after today, and allow tomorrow’s planned matches to be played albeit in a shortened format.
Many thanks to all the county officials for their help and understanding in re-arranging the matches and of course to Haywards Heath Golf Club who assisted with forward planning. The two referees were a great help especially as they were out in the worst of the weather shepherding players into the club house.
We have a lot of very wet girls, equipment and officials, hopefully we can dry out before tomorrow when we will be on the 1st tee at 08.30.
The Sussex team remain in good spirits and hopefully after a relaxing evening with a good supper they will be ready for competitive matches tomorrow.