New pitch turf a boost to play­ers

North West Telegraph - - Sport - Robert Dougherty

The grass is of­fi­cially greener in South Hed­land, with a new ar­ti­fi­cial turf cricket pitch in­stalled at Kevin Scott Oval.

Slow-pop­ping wick­ets are of­fi­cially dead on the new pitch, with the old as­tro­turf and sponge rub­ber un­der­lay re­moved and sur­face lev­elled on De­cem­ber 11.

New syn­thetic turf TigerTurf was pur­chased and sup­plied by the Town of Port Hed­land and cov­ers are ex­pected to be ap­plied to the pitch for win­ter sports.

Jupps Floor­cov­er­ings Port Hed­land sales con­sul­tant Brent Mc­Combe, who took part in the re­moval of the old pitch, said it had seen bet­ter days.

“It . . . was quite worn and over­grown . . . it’s now a per­fectly square rec­tan­gu­lar pitch,” he said.

“It will be in­ter­est­ing to see what the crick­eters make of it.”

Mr Mc­Combe said the pitch should last 10 to 15 years and elim­i­nate the risk of pre­vi­ous pitches’ worn patches be­com­ing haz­ards.

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