TRNC Cricket Club’s news of its new
Girne pitch and next match
Having been carefully rolled up and loaded into a large blue van, the TRNC Cricket Club’s pitch started its journey from South Cyprus this week. Richard Boxall, secretary of the Cyprus Cricket Association, who administers cricket South of the border, along with members of the Northern Club, helped load the special artificial pitch, ensuring it’s in time for the game against the British High Commission at 2.30pm on Wednesday 27th August at the Pia Bella Stadium in Girne.
Tad Haigh, who is pitch manager for the Club, explained the surface is known as a flexc and is like a loose fitting jigsaw puzzle, specially designed for grounds where preparing a traditional grass wicket isn’t practical. Its unusual plastic surface flattens out the unevenness of the ground below, making playing cricket possible. Haigh went on to explain that ideally the pitch would be left in place all season, allowing the grass to grow through it and be then cut in the conventional way. However, Pia Bella is primarily a football ground, so with the commitments to the national sport, we will need to roll it up after each time we play. However, it promises to be a good surface offering something for both the batsmen and bowlers.
Club Umpire George Ward was particularly pleased they were getting the best available pitch, as it would help develop player’s technique as well as making it safer. The first outing for the pitch will be next Wednesday when the TRNC Cricket XI entertain a strong British High Commission XI in a mouth watering 25 over/side match.
Nigel Holman said “the Club is delighted to be holding the game at the Pia Bella ground in Girne. It will be free of charge to support us and we are grateful to the ground staff for allowing the match to happen. It’s hoped plenty of people will come and enjoy watching a good game of afternoon cricket but as seating is limited it may be best to bring along your own chairs and ‘shade’.
It will be an intriguing game, with some of the visitor’s pedigree promising to make it a tough encounter for the Northern players, although with the North’s recent success in the South Cyprus league, it will be a difficult one to call!”
Those interested in supporting or joining the North Cyprus Cricket Club please contact Nigel Holman 0533 8248999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.