Cricket Pitches Now on Track

26 November 2013

A wet, cold October upset the start of summer cricket in the Wellington region, with some grounds too wet to be ready in time for the season start. But the pitches are now on track.

Council Sportsfields Manager Julian Emeny says it takes good weather to get the cricket pitches ready. This involves levelling the ground, sowing new grass, cutting it repeatedly to thicken the turf and then rolling it.

But this year Wellington was the wettest and cloudiest of the main centres, and had several storms. Not only has this slowed grass growth, Council workers have not been able to get on to the grounds to carry out mowing and rolling.

This has affected most of the grass wickets in the region and has meant a staggered start to the season - impacting mainly on junior cricket and senior social matches.

Julian says the Council has had to restrict play on some club fields and has been working with Cricket Wellington to move teams around the region. But he says the weather has now warmed up and the pitches are coming right.