The scenic Arnos Vale Cricket Ground, one of the venues for the ICC Cricket World Cup, is shown on the edge of the ocean on the Eastern Caribbean island of St Vincent 04 March 2007. (GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
The value of cricket clubs and what they mean to the local community should not be underestimated. They are often found in the most picturesque of settings, offering a safe haven for many of the younger playing generation whilst they are learning their cricketing skills. Every ground has its own unique character with the square being the centre of attention, the age, condition and management of the square often dictates or influences the game of cricket.
Horses cause havoc on cricket pitches at Hopgrove Playing Fields. YORK cricketers have been left on a sticky wicket due to horses invading their pitch. Hopgrove Playing Fields, in Malton Road, are in danger of being seriously damaged by stray horses regularly getting on to the pitches, churning up the ground and leaving piles of manure, it has been claimed. Richard Kerrison, chairman of Stockton and Hopgrove Cricket Club, said he feared the playing fields would become unusable.
oanna Konczak: One does not expect to see much cricket in Poland. However, there is a small but loyal group that plays the game here. This shot was taken during the Piotrowice Nyskie Cricket Festival, in the picturesque countryside surroundings near the Czech border. The players experienced some confusion caused by an uncommon group of extra fielders in traditional whites that invaded the pitch to stealthily join the game.