Damaged wicket is an absolute pitch

February 22, 2018

Vandals tore up a cricket pitch in Tallygaroopna on Tuesday night, leaving the club with a lot of work to do.

Northerners Cricket Club has been left frustrated and disappointed after vandals tore up its cricket pitch on Tuesday night.

Club members on Wednesday morning attended the oval to find tyre marks and grass torn up across the wicket.

‘‘It’s disappointing ... we put a fair bit of work into the wicket,’’ Northerners captain Mitchell Brett said.

‘‘Our curator Trent Sidebottom has a big week ahead of him, we’ll try our best to get a decent wicket up for Saturday.’’

While the A-grade team is playing away this round, the club’s B-grade will have to face its opposition on the damaged wicket.

‘‘We trained on Tuesday night in the nets, but there was no damage to the pitch,’’ Brett said.

‘‘It’s pretty bad, the photos don’t do it justice ... the tyre marks are fairly deep, but there’s not much we can do about it now.’’

This weekend is the last round of Cricket Shepparton competition before finals begin.

Anyone with information is urged to phone Shepparton police on 58205777 or alternatively Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

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