Glamorgan head groundsman Keith Exton leaves after 'unfit' pitch

Jimmy Adams (left) and Michael Hogan (right)
Glamorgan's Michael Hogan (right) looks on after his ball hits Hampshire's Jimmy Adams (left)

Glamorgan have parted company with head groundsman Keith Exton as part of the club's investigation into an "unfit" pitch at Cardiff's Swalec Stadium.

A One-Day Cup match with Hampshire was abandoned on 2 August after two batsmen were struck by rising deliveries.

Glamorgan were fined £9,000 - of which £5,000 is suspended - and docked points by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Exton's assistant, Robin Saxton, is preparing the pitches for two Twenty20 international matches on Monday.

England face Australia in the final match of the Women's Ashes series at 10:30 BST on 31 August before the men's teams follow at 15:00 BST.

Glamorgan chief executive Hugh Morris said: "On behalf of Glamorgan County Cricket Club I would like to thank Keith for the contribution he has made to the club and wish him well in his future endeavours."

Glamorgan's investigation is continuing into the circumstances that led to the pitch being unfit for play against Hampshire. They are still awaiting the final results of a scientific analysis of the pitch.

Exton was appointed by Glamorgan in 2008, seven months before Cardiff staged the opening Test of the 2009 Ashes series.

Glamorgan were reported for a poor pitch on the same strip of turf against Durham in August 2014, resulting in the loss of two points ahead of this season's One-Day Cup competition.

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