New pitch turf a boost to players
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.