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.
If you moved to Indonesia, loved cricket, what would you do? You’d carve off the top of the mountain and create one of the most beautiful cricket pitches in the world. That is what Kiwi Robert “Baldy” Baldwin has done at his home in the stunningly beautiful volcanic hills south of the former Dutch colonial town of Bogor. The ground has seen some pretty decent players too. Glen McGrath, Robin Smith, Nantie Hayward, Chris Cairns and Graham Yallop graced the venue.