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Stamford Cricket Ground covered in snow

Oakham Cricket ground

 Race against time for cricket clubs


  by JOHN FEETHAM  

 

With little less than three weeks to the start of the new cricket season, and forecasters now warning that this dreadful cold snap may stretch beyond Easter, local groundsmen face a race against time to get playing facilities ready for the start.

 

And what a difference a year makes! Ufford Park Cricket Club groundsman Terry Rawlings, who has not been able to do a thing on the playing area yet, recalls that 12 months ago he had already rolled and cut the square - and marked out the wicket. The weather still had the last word, however, heavy rain washing all the markings away!

 

He continued: "With the ground covered in snow, the grass isn't growing and I've not started a roller yet."

Terry reckons that when the warm weather comes, he'll need to get some fertiliser on to prompt growth. "Hopefully that will give us a start," he added.

Ufford, who play their first home fixtures in three weeks time, a friendly against Uffington and a 2nd Xl league fixture with Wakerley and Barrowden, have a work party planned for Friday but that may well now be called off.

 

New Burghley Park groundsman Adam Renton has not been able to do anything to the wicket at the historical club as of yet. The situation is so bad that they have already cancelled a friendly match against Castor scheduled for Sunday, April 14.

Adam warned: “We will be hard pressed to get any cricket in April. In an ideal world rolling would have started and scarifying. In the close season you need to get the pitch back to basics and carry out renovation work. With the weather we simply haven’t been able to.

 

Once the snow melts away new problems can come to the fore such as moss and snow mould due to the moisture left.

“Hopefully we will get a break in the weather and start the mowing to encourage the grass to grow. But it certainly hasn’t been an ideal start,” Adam concluded.

 

Stamford cricket club’s groundsman Richard Field has experienced similar problems: “All of the pre-season rolling that we were supposed to do six to eight weeks before we simply haven’t been able to do. It has greatly affected us and our preparation. Fortunately, our first matches are away.”

 

It is not just the preparation that has been put on hold. The club have also been unable to install a new artificial strip on their main wicket as the contractors simply haven’t been able to get on the square.

 

At Uppingham, the new outfield is a concern for head groundsman Pop Cox: “The grass isn’t growing so we really need to get on fertiliser to start that happening. It has been impossible to get on the ground. We did reseed the squares at the end of last season and they took well but we haven’t done anything since. This time last year we had rolled the squares and outfields.”

 

Uppingham’s first match at Castle Hill is a seconds match against Hampton seconds on Sunday April 21st and Pop admitted that cricket in April is not looking good.

 

A very frustrating time indeed for our teams who saw last season decimated by the weather. Let’s hope for a change in weather and a glorious summer of cricket.


Published: 27/03/2013





 
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