Ground-break­ing news for lo­cal cricket

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - SPORTS -

Ground was bro­ken Mon­day as con­struc­tion be­gan on Cricket New­found­land and Labrador’s new pur­pose-built play­ing sur­face at its home ground at the RCAF Field in Tor­bay.

Con­crete should be poured to­day for a 25 by 2.5-me­tre slab that will have an ar­ti­fi­cial turf-sur­face mat fixed to it. That mat is specif­i­cally de­signed for cricket and was pur­chased in Britain. It is hoped play can be­gin on the new sur­face as soon as Satur­day as the Cricket NL Sum­mer league con­tin­ues its sched­ule, with per­ma­nent in­stal­la­tion to be com­pleted prior to the Eastern Cana­dian cham­pi­onships in St. John’s July 21-23.

“This wicket will al­low us to host ma­jor tour­na­ments, but also will greatly im­prove the qual­ity of play in lo­cal league matches,” said Cricket NL Pres­i­dent, Sar­a­vana Ku­mar.

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