Ky fuming, so gives shire the mow-down

February 17, 2017

Kyabram Cricket Club president Andrew Porch is all smiles with the news Kyabram Recreation Reserve will host a Victorian Premier League match between Dandenong and Northcote this weekend.

The grass is not always greener on the other side, just ask Kyabram.

The Redbacks have strangely been forced to move tomorrow’s must-win game from Kyabram Recreation Reserve to Murchison because of the length of the grass.

The Redbacks were expected to step onto their new elevated turf wicket against Katandra in the final Haisman Shield round, but complications with Campaspe Shire’s lawn mower has delayed proceedings.

Kyabram president Andrew Porch was disappointed with council, questioning its level of competency.

‘‘It is poor management, if they were a business they would be out of business,’’ Porch said.

‘‘We have had setback after setback and they knew the game was scheduled and they did nothing to fix their mower in time. It has been broken since December.’’

The outfield grass is about 15cm long, which is far greater than the league requirement of 20mm.

Porch was so determined to prevent the slow outfield, he offered to get someone from the club to cut it, but that request was denied.

‘‘We told them that we could get it cut, but because it was directly managed by the shire they would not let us,’’ Porch said.

Shire’s regulatory and community services manager Paul McKenzie expressed his concern for the matter, but could not fix the issue as a delay in the equipment’s arrival meant the ground could not be curated.

‘‘The supplier has since advised it could not be provided this week and has advised us it will arrive by Monday, February 20, to allow staff to prepare and cut the outfield,’’ McKenzie said.

With high temperatures expected during the rest of summer, the shire is hoping the new lawn will be able to brave the heat.

‘‘The outfield is a type of grass specially picked for its drought resistant qualities,’’ McKenzie said.

The controversy adds to tomorrow’s clash as the hosts need to win against Katandra.

The Redbacks sit one game outside the top six and will be hoping for results to go their way if they are going to compete in a second straight finals series.

Unfortunately for Redbacks captain Alec Young, his side is coming up against the competition’s most in-form side.

Katandra sits third on the table after stringing together six consecutive wins, which included knocking off table toppers Central Park-St Brendan’s at Deakin Reserve.

The Eagles also have a lot to play for heading into the final round; a win could have the visitors finish in second place if results fall their way.

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