Clear if we want to play cricket this month it’s going to be in the cold and wet.
I am prepared to be less protective of my ‘empire’ as the bottom line is I look after the ground so you can play cricket - not to admire an ornamental lawn. Your safety is also the other priority in to-days ‘claim for it’ culture.
I will have to accept if you play in marginal conditions, when teams and umpires want a game, damage will be done. The problem is that it’s so bloody cold, grass is not growing and seed not germinating, so damage can’t be quickly fixed.
It’s not just the match track, but the two next to it that can be knackered. With a poor autumn last year and no spring this rectification from last year has been ineffective. I have had two goes at the square now, but seed is just rotting or being washed away.
If I feel conditions are beyond safe play I will say so and hope players will understand, as we are all frustrated with the lack of cricket.
This week a huge effort went in to try to get the outfield fit. Unfortunately enthusiasm with ‘spiking’ led to a burst water-pipe, which did not help.
John Hunter favours flooding the field properly and starting a fishing club. Unfortunately we have too many players who are incapable of catching anything – so we dropped that idea.