Waiting to exhale…..
having held our collective breath for a couple of years in anticipation of improved cricket facilities in Brockwell Park we are now relieved to hear that all the financial aspects have been sorted out and the reinstatement of the old cricket pitch (on the meadow, close to Brockwell Park Gardens) will go ahead along with the repair of the practice nets. Scott McColl of Lambeth sport writes:

they (the contractors) are looking at starting work on the wicket and the practice nets on 3 December 2012. The works are estimated to take 2-3 weeks.

The contractor we have gone for offered a robust wicket surface that requires limited maintenance. I understand from speaking to colleagues that we do minimal maintenance to our other cricket facilities, and …… it was felt that the main consideration should be that the facilities are long lasting. Likewise for the practice nets … so we are using the same chain link fencing as that which is currently used as opposed to any softer nylon netting which has the possibility to degrade quickly if not cared for.

In short, this means that the wicket on the cricket pitch will be a combination of tarmac and artificial grass, which will need only light maintenance; mowing of the outfield will be done as part of the grounds maintenance contract.

We look forward to sunny cricket afternoons!